Celebrating 75 Years in Healthcare

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Three Generations Helping Patients Hear Better

Our Hearing Professionals

Our story begins after World War II when Chris Mario arrived back from battle in Europe and needed to start again. In a Boston newspaper, (the old "Record American"), he read and followed up on an ad for training to be an Optician. We still have his old diploma. After completing a tour of duty in Korea, his brother, Jerry Mario, joined him, also as a trained Optician. They continued working as Opticians into the 50's, at which point they added hearing aids to their professional services. This was a common blending of the two disciplines and is still widespread today.

Later on, Robert Mario and his cousin, Dennis Mario, also schooled and trained for the same two, yet highly evolved professions over 30 years ago. In addition, they received Board Certification in both fields. Dennis has since relocated out of state. Robert Mario turned his attention exclusively to Hearing Instrument Sciences many years ago. His wife, Lisa, is also an Optician and Hearing Instrument Specialist, thus completing this, our second generation of patient care. The licensing of Robert Mario's son, Dana Mario, H.I.S., brings the third generation of our hearing instrument specialists into practice. Dana continued his education in hearing healthcare and became the first Mario to become an Audiologist, graduating in 2016 with a Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Working within the medical community in the Metro Boston area, our clinics provide a variety of hearing healthcare services including hearing assessments, hearing aid prescribing and fitting, tinnitus management, hyperacusis/misophonia management, physician referrals, and industrial testing.

Over the past sixty-plus years of service, our family has become attuned to working with the patient in finding the best possible result. To achieve this, an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist must have deep knowledge and experience. By remaining independent practitioners for over 60 years, we feel we do this the best. Call for an appointment and meet with our generations of care!

Dana Mario, Doctor of Audiology (Massachusetts License 1106), Hearing Instrument Specialist (Massachusetts License #232)

Robert N. Mario, AuD, BC-HIS, Mass Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist #43

Lisa Mario, HIS, Mass Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist #118

Dr. Dana Mario

Dr. Dana Mario
Doctor of Audiology



  • Doctor of Audiology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts from Providence College (2009)
  • Additional Communications Disorders courses at Bridgewater State University (2010-2011)


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts License in Audiology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts License as Hearing Instrument Specialist



  • 10 years experience in Hearing Healthcare (started Apprenticeship in 2008)
  • Clinical placements at:
    • University of Massachusetts Center for Language, Speech and Hearing (Amherst, MA)
    • Mary Lane Hospital (Ware, MA)
    • University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, MA)
    • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Brighton, MA)
    • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England (Springfield, MA)
    • VA Boston Healthcare System (Jamaica Plain, MA)


Clinical Areas of Expertise

  • Audiological testing and evaluation
  • Hearing aid/amplification fitting, orientation, follow up, and repairs
  • Tinnitus evaluation and counseling
  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) for tinnitus management

Additional Experience in:

  • Cochlear implants and other auditory prostheses
  • Balance disorders/vertigo assessment


"I've experienced firsthand what someone has to go through when they have communication difficulties. Not being able to have a conversation with another person, avoiding situations because of feeling left out, are things that I want to help my patients with using my training and experience. Even though I'm the third generation in my family to work in Hearing Healthcare, I only decided to make this my career after discovering my own passion for it. I want to work with both proven and new methods and technology to help my patients with all of their hearing needs."

Mr. Robert N. Mario

Mr. Robert N. Mario
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist



  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Science and Communication from Northern Essex College, Graham College, and Northwestern University
  • Board Certification from the International Hearing Society for Hearing Instrument Sciences

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Certified by the International Hearing Society for tinnitus evaluation and management

Professional Positions Held:

  • Past President of the Massachusetts Hearing Society
  • Past Board Member of the Massachusetts Hearing Society
  • Tinnitus Committee Member of the International Hearing Society - responsible for the creation of an accredited training course for tinnitus management


  • Over 40 years in practice as a Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Consultant and educator for other Hearing Healthcare professionals
  • Extensive background in healthcare corporate management
  • Clinical researcher of tinnitus

Areas of Interest:

  • Evaluation for hearing aids/amplification
  • Hearing aid/amplification fitting, orientation, follow up, and repair
  • Tinnitus evaluation and management

Robert entered the field of Hearing Healthcare over 40 years ago, working with his father as a young man. Throughout the decades he has seen the field change from analog amplifiers to digital hearing aids and the advancements in tinnitus management. Robert has implemented all of these into how he helps his patients and continues to focus on the future of hearing and tinnitus care.

Mrs. Lisa S. Mario

Mrs. Lisa S. Mario
Hearing Instrument Specialist



  • Bachelor of Arts from University of New Hampshire



  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist



  • over a decade as a Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • over two decades of experience of work with senior citizens in various capacities


Areas of Expertise:

  • Hearing aid/amplification adjustment and repair

Dr. Barry Sugarman, M.D.

Board-certified Psychiatrist , neuro-psychiatry-tinnitus, over 40 years in practice

Ms. Janice Mario-London
Certified Nurse Assistant