Nichole Kovel earned her doctorate in audiology from the University of Northern Colorado, and later performed internships at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs. As a licensed audiologist in the state of Colorado, Kovel’s areas of expertise include diagnostic testing of patients with dizziness and adult hearing-aid fitting and servicing. The 34-year-old moved to Colorado Springs from Denver and will open her new practice here in August, combined with a local vision clinic. In her free time, Kovel keeps busy chasing after her young children and helping her husband renovate their home.
What are the joys of being an audiologist?
I love educating the patient. I believe that people feel more empowered and encouraged when they have a better understanding of their ear and how my recommendations will help them. I get the opportunity to educate my patients while we are developing a treatment plan just for them following their hearing test.
Explain your practice and who your customers will be?
My practice is called Elite Hearing of Colorado Springs; our expertise is in incorporating cutting-edge technology in hearing health care to provide treatment for hearing loss and tinnitus. Our patients come to us for hearing aids, tinnitus therapy, training programs to better enable the brain to understand speech in adverse situations, and also for noise protection devices.
I am excited to be co-located with Elite Vision on Centennial Boulevard. We share many of the same patients, so it is a convenience both for our patients and for us as business owners.
How is owning your own business easy or difficult?
A business owner has to wear a lot of different hats besides patient care. This isn’t a surprise to me, however. My father has owned an independent pharmacy in Sterling, Colorado, for 20 years. I grew up desiring to create a practice that would give my patients and employees a more personal experience. After watching him grow his business, I understand how rewarding it is to make a difference in a person’s life.
How is Colorado Springs different from other places where you’ve lived?
Colorado Springs has all the best aspects of each of my favorite hometowns. It has all the amenities of a big city and the beauty of a mountain town while maintaining a small-town friendliness.
Is Colorado Springs welcoming to young professionals? Why or why not?
I feel welcomed and supported in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has made me aware of networking and support groups for business owners, women in business and young professionals. I’ve been to classes offered to help improve small businesses that were sponsored by the Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau, local media groups and the Small Business Development Center. I have definitely made connections to support me in this journey.
If you could change anything about this city, what would it be?
I would provide Colorado Springs and its surrounding towns with more rain as well as the ability to absorb that rain. We have had some great losses over the last few years but my family and I are proud to be part of such a resilient and supportive community.