Dr. Matthew Rumsey

Audiologist at Avera Sacred Heart

After earning my Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from the University of Nebraska, Kearney, in 1998, I went on to receive my Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, in 2002. For the past nine years I have been practicing with neuro-otologists (docs who treat neurological disorders of the ear) and otolaryngologists (the ear, nose and throat docs). I also have a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Along with my practice I have an adjunct faculty positions at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

One thing I enjoy about my field of work is the broad range of things I get to experience. I conduct hearing evaluations, vestibular assessments and inter-operative monitoring, along with evoked potential testing and selling hearing aids. I care for every aspect of hearing and try to enhance my patients’ lives by providing them with the ability to hear more clearly. My goal is to prevent my patients from missing out on any part of their lives and to provide them different ways to improve their hearing.

When I’m not working at Avera Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat Yankton, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kari, and our three children, Cole, Ben and Shae. We enjoy any activity as long as it is outdoors.

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Get in the Loop

As I was going through the drive-thru for lunch the other day, I couldn’t help but struggle to communicate with the attendant. After several attempts, I assumed my double cheeseburger with no onions and a side of fries was successfully ordered. Read More »

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Why Take Two? Is Two Really Better Than One?

I recently had a patient diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss in both ears. While discussing the various hearing aid options, he brought up a great question, “Do I really need two hearing aids? Won’t my hearing be improved even if I only get one hearing aid?” 
For most individuals looking to pursue hearing aids, the simple answer to this question is two hearing aids are better than one. Read More »

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Hear for the Holidays!

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of you will be attending gatherings with family and friends. If your family gatherings or office parties are anything like mine, there are plenty of fun games, music and conversation. Unfortunately, all that fun can make for a difficult listening environment, especially for individuals with hearing loss. Read More »

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Noisy Toys: The Hidden Dangers

The holidays are quickly upon us, and I’m sure that many of your Christmas lists are filled with toys for the little ones. Many toys children want have all sorts of sights and sounds. Parents, family and friends might not realize the dangers that various toys may pose on children’s hearing. Read More »

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Tinnitus: The Crickets Won’t Go Away!

Nearly every day I talk with someone who has concerns about a sound in his or her ears that won’t stop. Some describe it as crickets or locust, others describe a roaring or static noise and some even hear a particular song. Read More »

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Sudden Hearing Loss

Recently a patient described to me how over the course of one morning she noticed she lost her hearing in her right ear. She stated that she did not notice anything different when she woke up, but as the morning progressed, she felt something wasn’t right. Read More »

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