Hello friends and neighbors,
2019 is rapidly drawing to a close, and 2020 promises many new good things to come. In fact, you could say that we are one step ahead of the calendar if you will.
Some exciting news – our busy Chattanooga office on Gunbarrel Road has just installed a brand-new second hearing sound booth. That means a shorter wait time to get an appointment as we will be able to serve current patients who need periodic re-evaluations more efficiently and to welcome many new faces to our practice.
And speaking of new faces, we’ve added two new audiologists to our team. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Madison Sakaan and Dr. Rachel Glaze to our Johnson Audiology team of audiologists. Dr. Sakaan is seeing patients in our Chattanooga office and Dr. Glaze in our Hixson office. I’m pleased to report they have settled in very well with us, and I look forward to introducing them further to you in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
While the year may be wrapping up, the awards certainly haven’t tapered off! Voting for the North Georgia Best of the Best Awards is open until December 23. We are nominated again this year in three categories: Best Audiologist, Best Hearing Aid Clinic, and Best Customer Service.
If you have not already cast your vote and would like to, visit the ballot here.
In other news, I recently was pleased to participate in an interview alongside Douglas Liening, M.D., who is an otolaryngologist with Chattanooga’s Associates in ENT. Dr. Liening and his colleague Alexander Sokohl, M.D., are now performing cochlear implant (CI) surgeries in Chattanooga. We had a great time chatting with Ray Bassett on the WUTC program Scenic Roots. WUTC is the Chattanooga area’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. Have a listen to the interview by clicking here.
For several years, Johnson Audiology has provided CI diagnostic testing to determine a patient’s candidacy for CI as well as follow-up care after the CI surgery. With Associates in ENT now providing the surgery, people from the Chattanooga region have a complete continuum of care available close to home. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Sakaan, also with Johnson Audiology, are currently accepting new patients at Chattanooga’s Gunbarrel Road location for CI testing and ongoing post-surgery care. Call today to learn more at 423.710.1432.
Have you met your insurance deductible for 2019? If so, it’s a great time to book an appointment with Johnson Audiology for a hearing diagnostic. December appointments are rapidly filling up, so book quickly or start the new year off right by calling us now to make an appointment for January.
Also, as 2019 winds down, might you consider an end-of-the-year charitable gift to the Johnson Audiology Hearing Foundation (JAHF)? This official 501c3 charitable arm of Johnson Audiology allows us the opportunity to pair up those who are financially disadvantaged with gently used and new hearing aids.
Since the launch of the Foundation this past October, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our patients and friends. We appreciate your kind words of encouragement, the hearing aids that have been donated already, and the monetary gifts that have been made. This is moving us closer to the goal of fitting at least 100 people in need of hearing aids by the end of 2020. But we can’t reach that goal without your help. We will provide a donation acknowledgment letter of your kind gift that you can use as a 2019 tax deduction. Learn more here.
From everyone at Johnson Audiology, thank you for your patronage in 2019. It was a great year as we marked our 10th anniversary, served our current patients, and welcomed new friends. We so appreciate the trust you have put in us and for inviting us on your journey to better hearing. Click here to listen to our warm wishes to you and your family during this wonderful holiday season!
Read on for further news…
Hearing Aids: An investment in your quality of life
Hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, but many patients wonder what contributes to the price tag. In this article, we examine the different facets of hearing care that lead to the costs.
Winners of 2 Ruthies Premier People’s Choice Awards
Thank you to everyone who voted for us. Here’s the inside scoop on our special recognitions.
Hearing Health Tip
‘Tis the season for going out to eat with friends and family. However, finding a quiet restaurant can be a challenge at this time of the year.
If you have a hearing loss, tinnitus, or a sensory disorder, too much noise can make your symptoms worse. If your hearing is good, what impact will lots of noise have on it?
But now there are two apps that can help you out. They can identify local restaurants and cafes that are gentler on the ears. Here’s a brief look at them:
Soundprint: View a map of local restaurants along with their sound decibel rating. You can also test the decibel levels at the restaurant you’re visiting to see if the environment is too loud. Share your findings by uploading them to the app. To find out more and to download, click here.
iHearU: Find ear-friendly restaurants worldwide. Any location rated with four noise bars or less is considered a safe environment. You can also find establishments that offer assistive hearing systems.
Additionally, you can report on quiet locations and add them to the app. Going to a livelier restaurant? Find out just how noisy it is and then arrive prepared with ear protection. To learn more and to download, click here.
Meet the Team
Dr. Kari Wickstrom
This month, we’d like to let you get to know our wonderful doctor of audiology, Kari Wickstrom, better. Dr. Wickstrom joined the Johnson Audiology team in May of 2018. She serves patients in our Cartersville, GA office.
“The Cartersville community and my co-workers at Johnson Audiology have made me feel right at home. Finding such warm southern hospitality has made the move into a new town such an easy transition.”
Dr. Wickstrom received her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH, and her Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
Her clinical experience includes Bluegrass Hearing Clinic, UC Health Otolaryngology, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati Public School Systems, and Good Samaritan Hospital, all in Cincinnati, OH; and Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH.
She is skilled in audiological evaluation and hearing aid evaluation, fitting, verification, validation, and modification as well as tinnitus evaluation and follow-up, vestibular testing, auditory brain stem response, and many other hearing healthcare techniques.
About her chosen profession, Dr. Wickstrom said, “I knew I always wanted to work in the healthcare field in some capacity; I have always been passionate about helping others. I like the mix of diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of audiology and enjoy supporting the patient throughout their journey to better hearing. Audiology allows me to do this.”
While Dr. Wickstrom’s experience includes clinic, hospital, and school system settings, she said about joining a private practice, “I love that I can establish a relationship with my patients in a private practice like Johnson Audiology. I love getting to know my patients and seeing how I can help them in their everyday lives. I was drawn to Johnson Audiology because it is very evident that they truly care for their patients and strive to provide excellent service, and I wanted to be part of a group that cares for people the same way I do.”
Dr. Wickstrom was raised in Lexington, KY, and relocated to Cartersville when she came to work with Johnson Audiology. She said, “I have always been drawn to Georgia and have visited many times before I made my home here. I love the mix of a smaller town near a big city. Dr. Wickstrom says she has so enjoyed exploring the area with her favorite companion, her six-year-old black Labrador mix, Kaia.
Meet Our Audiologists
Below are a few recent reviews we’d love to share with you. We are thrilled by our patients’ kind words.
“They are great! From the front office to the audiologists, they have great customer service.”
– Christina Coats
“I am so thrilled about my new hearing aids Dr. Smith helped me get.
The first night I stayed up until midnight watching TV because i was so happy to be hearing so well!!”
– Veretta Clayton Wright
If you’ve visited us recently, please take a moment to share your positive experience here – it would mean the world to us and you just might help someone to take that first step towards better hearing.
That’s All For Now, Folks!
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or visit us online to book an appointment. We’ll be back next month with more helpful hearing news for you!
Dr. Megan and the team at Johnson Audiology
Hearing Care Insurance Experts
We partner with most health insurance companies, and our in-house billing experts are trained to research your individual policy and verify benefits and coverage. Some individual insurance policies help with the cost of hearing services, and some provide a dollar amount towards the cost of hearing aid(s). We want to help you understand and utilize your insurance coverage for hearing aids so call us today. We’ll gather your insurance information and schedule an appointment for a diagnostic hearing evaluation at your convenience.
Dr. Megan Johnson is the owner and licensed audiologist at Johnson Audiology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Western Carolina University, a master’s degree in audiology from the University of Tennessee, and her doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida.