Dr. Gans is a clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological impact of deafness and hearing on well-being. She holds a Masters in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and received a doctorate in psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She joined the UCSF Cochlear Implant Center in 2008 and has worked as the Lead Clinical Psychologist for UCSF Cochlear Implant Interconnect and Children’s Communication Center. She also holds the position of psychologist and researcher at the VA of Northern California and is on the Board of Directors of the Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA), a non-profit professional organization dedicated to providing tinnitus and sound sensitivity care. Dr. Gans is fluent in American Sign Language.
In her private practice in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Gans treats clients with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia, and other hearing-related difficulties. She recently completed research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Audiology Clinic on Mindfulness-Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR), with promising results. She is the CEO/Founder of MindfulTinnitusRelief.com, the first-ever self-administered 8-week online skill-building course of its kind for learning how to live comfortably with tinnitus. Dr. Gans presents globally to audiologists on how to integrate and give support to both device fitting and tinnitus patient counseling; critical pieces of the tinnitus management puzzle.