It’s our anniversary!
This month celebrates ten years since we opened the doors of our first office, and what an incredible journey it has been!
Over the past ten years, we’ve been fortunate enough to serve thousands of patients and have an impact on tens of thousands of lives, by raising awareness for healthy hearing and helping incredible people, like you, address their hearing health care…
From everybody on the Johnson Audiology team – we want to say thanks to YOU for being part of our journey.
However, there is another way we are commemorating this noteworthy 10-year anniversary milestone in a most fitting, important, and lasting way.
To continue our journey, we are proud to announce that we are launching the Johnson Audiology Hearing Foundation.
This 501(c)3, non-profit organization will be the official charitable arm of Johnson Audiology and the means by which we can offer help and hope and the gift of hearing to those in financial need in the greater communities we serve — Chattanooga, Hixson, Franklin, and Murfreesboro in Tennessee, and Cartersville, Georgia.
Starting in 2020, JAHF will put out a general call to those with hearing health care needs who are financially disadvantaged, with the target of helping 100 people next year.
To learn more about the Johnson Audiology Hearing Foundation,
please click here.
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Addressing your loved one’s hearing loss can be a difficult conversation to have. Here are some ways to make life with a hearing loss easier for both of you.
Understanding the Mechanics of Hearing and Hearing Loss
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There’s no denying that we all enjoy some peace and quiet now and then, right? Well, if you want the ultimate sound-free experience, then a trip to Minneapolis just might be for you!
Scientists at Orfield Labs have created the world’s quietest room. It features sound-absorbent walls, so the room’s sound levels measure below human hearing levels. It is so quiet, though, that it’s proved to be rather off-putting for some. People cannot tolerate more than 45 minutes inside the room because it’s so quiet that you can actually hear your internal organs – and some people have even begun to hallucinate. Imagine that!
Hearing Health Tip
Our ability to balance is something we rarely think about – standing up and walking across the room just happens naturally. But if you have a hearing loss or experience tinnitus or other ear-related conditions, you might find yourself feeling wobbly from time to time.
To stay safe at home, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself or a loved one.
1. Install grab bars in the shower or near the toilet to protect yourself from falling on hard surfaces.
2. Make sure any floor mats or rugs are skid-proof.
3. Use night lights to illuminate hallways at night.
4. Keep hallways and walkways free of clutter.
5. Wear shoes or non-slip socks with grips on the soles.
Meet the Team:
Dr. Whitney Smith
This month we turn our attention to our wonderful Dr. Whitney Smith.
Read on to get to know her better…
Dr. Smith completed her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Georgia, where she also went on to complete her master’s degree in audiology.
She obtained her doctoral degree in audiology from Salus University and has been practicing audiology in this area for 15 years.
Additionally, Dr. Smith is licensed by the state of Tennessee and the state of Georgia as an audiologist.
She is a fellow member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology, as well as, the American Academy of Audiology.
Prior to joining us at Johnson Audiology, Dr. Smith was employed at a multi-physician ear, nose, and throat practice in Dalton, Georgia, where she performed hearing diagnostics, balance assessments, and rehabilitation for both children and adults.
She enjoys getting to know her patients well and wants to be a true partner with them in helping them hear better.
What does she find the most rewarding part of her job since becoming a part of the Johnson Audiology team? She says, “The relationships I have established with my patients–that’s the best part.!”
One of the most reward parts of her job is all the relationships she has established with her patients since she became a part of the Johnson Audiology team.
She was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia, where she currently resides with her two boys. Dr. Smith is also certified as an athletic instructor and enjoys exercise and fitness. When not at work, she spends her time hanging out with her sons, working out, and enjoying the great outdoors.
The latest reviews have just come in, and we are extremely moved by our patients’ kind words.
“The Hixson office is so amazing. Please see these wonderful ladies if you have any hearing issues or questions. They will get the job done.”
“I’m not a patient but mom is whom I have to drive there! The staff is wonderful and are very attentive to my mother. Hope they are around when I need hearing aids!”
“I recently went to Johnson Audiology for a hearing exam and hearing aids. The staff was very helpful, and I would highly recommend them to anyone with hearing needs.”
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.