Dr. Donna M. Goione-Merchantstaff-donna


Dr. Goione-Merchant received her Doctor of Audiology Degree from the University of Florida. She received her Masters degree in Audiology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree as a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired/Deaf from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She holds a New Jersey certification to teach the Hearing Impaired/Deaf and a New Jersey certification to teach the Handicapped. Dr. Goione-Merchant taught High School Resource Room prior to enter Audiology and prior to that worked briefly as a sign language interpreter. She has been in private practice since February 1992 at the same location in Brick, NJ.

Prior to opening her private practice, Dr. Goione-Merchant worked at Princeton Medical Center. She has also served as clinic coordinator for the Masters level Audiology program at Trenton State College (January 1992 – June 1996). Dr. Goione-Merchant is currently the Secretary of the Board for New Jersey Academy of Audiology. She has been an assistant professor and clinical preceptor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at Montclair State University since January 2011.

Dr. Goione-Merchant works with both adult and pediatric populations with a specialty in pediatric auditory disorders and extensive diagnostic experience in the areas of childhood hearing loss and central auditory processing disorders. She lectures and provides workshops on topics relating to Hearing Loss, Educational Audiology, Auditory Disorders, and Aural Rehabilitation.

Education and Certification

  • Doctor of Audiology from the University of Florida
  • ABA Board Certified in Audiology
  • Certified Teacher of the Deaf
  • Certified Teacher of the Handicapped
  • NJ Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser

Dr. Maren E. Ridenourstaff-maren


Dr. Ridenour is a New Jersey licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser. She holds a clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Montclair State University and an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Central Florida. Dr. Ridenour has provided workshops and in-services to various organizations on topics relating to hearing loss and hearing aids. Dr. Ridenour works with both pediatric and adult populations.

A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is the professional who specializes in evaluation, management and treatment of people with hearing loss and auditory dysfunction. Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants, and children of all ages. They conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing problem. Audiologists evaluate the auditory system for auditory dysfunction, dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment related to auditory problems, and provide hearing rehabilitation services.