Mission

“Hearing more is just the beginning.”

Johnson Hearing Technology and Communication is committed to the delivery of quality hearing healthcare.   We serve patients from upper east Tennessee, western North Carolina, and southwest Virginia.

Education

Owner, Dr. Earl Johnson, is a licensed and certified Audiologist.  With a clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and a research doctorate (Ph.D.) in Hearing and Speech Sciences, Dr. Johnson is developing a premier private practice in the area.

Expertise

Dr. Johnson has 12 years experience recommending and fitting hearing aids.  He completed a clinical fellowship year at Vanderbilt University in 2004 with later clinical practice at a top-tier nationally recognized hospital system.  He has taught as a professor of amplification coursework for individuals with hearing impairment at East Tennessee State University in the Doctor of Audiology program since 2007. He has fit thousands of hearing aids and published dozens of research articles and industry publications along the way. He has also served as a keynote speaker at several state, national and international amplification/hearing aid topic symposiums.

Dr. Johnson brings his expertise to patients in our local community and looks forward to serving you.

Office Equipment

With a spacious, ventilated soundbooth and plenty of windows, the patient can feel relaxed knowing that his/her hearing is being tested in a well-controlled environment with the most trusted state-of-the-art equipment available.  After the hearing test and other routine tests of ear function, the patient is seated alongside Dr. Johnson for an explanation of the examination results.

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The explanation uses easy-to-follow diagrams and a large demonstration unit of the ear which disassembles to show the patient all the parts of the ear that were examined.  If appropriate, available hearing aid styles and technologies are then discussed for a selection decision.

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The patient can be fit immediately following the hearing aid selection if open-fit hearing aids are both chosen and appropriate. If custom, closed-fitted hearing aids are selected, then the patient usually returns for the fitting about 3-7 days later upon arrival of the aids from the manufacturer.  With the programming computer using measurements made in the ear canal of the patient, the hearing aids are fit to prescriptive recommendations and, if needed, fine-tuned for patient satisfaction and sound quality preferences.

A detailed orientation regarding the care, cleaning, as well as effective and safe operation of hearing aids is provided.  The patient is scheduled for return follow-up visits as needed throughout the warranty period for all new hearing aid purchases. After the warranty period, Dr. Johnson is always willing to work with patients an as needed basis for repairs, parts, hearing reexaminations, or hearing aid reprogramming for only customary material and service charges. Only when needed due to age and condition of previously hearing aids or wishes of the patient will new hearing aids be recommended to replace previously purchased hearing aids from our practice.