Tela Palmer, Au.D., CCC-A

Board Certified Doctor of Audiology

"Compassionate and Self-Driven"

Dr. Tela (pronounced: tee- luh) Palmer joined Rochester Hearing and Speech Center in May of 2019, and provides audiological services to children and adults at the Rochester/Brighton and Webster offices. Dr. Palmer is board certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser in the State of New York.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, as well as completing clinical hours to receive a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Certificate. Dr. Palmer has conversational skills in American Sign Language, and while completing a clinical placement at a school for the deaf in Arizona, she discovered her stronger interest in other forms of communication and hearing devices. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Audiology degree at East Carolina University.


Dr. Palmer enjoys working with individuals of all ages, and is a provider for the Early Intervention program, providing services for children from birth to three years old. This program assists children and their families to receive traditional or bone oscillating hearing aids as well as assistive listening technology to go along with hearing aids or cochlear implants at no cost to the families.


Dr. Palmer also provides diagnostic testing for children and adults to determine the presence of a central auditory processing disorder(s) when individuals seem to have normal hearing sensitivity but struggle to process what they hear. She also enjoys exercising her American Sign Language skills with individuals who use this method of communication, whether he/she is interested in obtaining assistive hearing devices or just interested in a hearing test.


Dr. Palmer is originally from the “valley of the sun,” Phoenix, Arizona, where she grew up. When not in the office, she enjoys gardening, knitting/crocheting, and watching the same movies over and over.