Leslie is a life long resident of Panama City. She graduated from Gulf Coast State College and attended Florida State University. She became familiar with the family business by working for her dad (Jim) in 2008 as the Panama City office receptionist. In 2012, she decided to pursue her career in the hearing aid business. After hours of hard work and studying, she completed the training program and achieved her license as a Hearing Aid Specialist in May 2013. She received her National Board Certification in September 2015. She Is married to Andrew Smith. Leslie currently works at our Niceville and Panama City locations.
Mr. Dame has been dispensing hearing aids since 1982 and was first licensed in the state of Georgia, working in Thomasville and Valdosta. In October, 1984, he became licensed in Florida, working in Tallahassee. In March, 1986, he joined Hearing Centers of America, based in Clearwater, FL and managed the store located in the Sarasota Square Mall for three (3) years. In November, 1989, the opportunity to own his own practice presented itself. Thus, in November, 1989, he moved his family to Panama City, FL and purchased Gulf Coast Hearing Centers, Inc.. The past 30+ years has brought many wonderful experiences and the pleasure of helping thousands of hearing impaired individuals lead a more satisfactory life.
Tim Smith has been dispensing hearing aids as a licensed Hearing Aid Specialist since 2006. He was raised in Panama City and has attended Gulf Coast Community College. He is married to Erika Dame Smith and they have three children. When he isn't helping people hear better, he is the Baseball Commissioner of Tiger Point Sports Association. His interests include coaching his children in baseball, spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.
Dr. Julee Zornes joined our team in November 2017 with 6 years experience working in the area. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) and her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Dr. Zornes is nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, with Certification of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) and is also a member of the Florida Academy of Audiology. She grew up in a military family, but considers the Mississippi Gulf Coast home. When not working in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two very active young sons.
Kendra is from Bossier City Louisiana and has lived in Niceville for two years. She is married to an Active Duty Air Force Member and has two beautiful daughters. They have been assigned to multiple duty stations which includes; MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa Japan, and Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Illinois. Her passion includes hiking, visiting theme parks, and spending time with family.
Kendra joined the GCHC team as Office Manager in 2017. She has over 10 years of customer service experience combined with 6 years working in Human Resources field. She is devoted in her work and values everyone that visit our Niceville Office. Her goal is to assist all patients with their individual hearing needs.
Read 34 verified patient reviews for Gulf Coast Hearing Centers - Niceville! Their average review score is 4.97 () from 34 reviews.
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“Gulf Coast Hearing Center has been very helpful and supportive of me. They gave me the help that I need and this place is the greatest! ”
“Very nice people. Enjoy my visits. ”
“I was tested by Kaitlyn Locke, HAS, she was very good and ran several tests. She is very polite. ”
“Mr. Dame was very professional and explained options. A big help. ”
“Individuals were professional, knowledgeable and most of all, caring. Was treated as a valued customer and not just a number. Would most definitely recommend GCH to others. ”
About this hearing center
At Gulf Coast Hearing Centers, helping you hear better is our top priority. We value the trust that our patients place in us and enjoy a reputation of honesty and integrity. We have helped the people of of Bay County and the surrounding areas hear better since 1982. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to serve you and your loved ones.
We work in full cooperation with your physician and as a full-service hearing aid dispensary, we feature the latest digital hearing aids from Oticon and Phonak. We also carry a complete line of accessories and assistive listening devices to make life more enjoyable.
We have three locations to serve you better:
Gulf Coast Hearing Centers – Panama City 2232 Saint Andrews Blvd Panama City, FL 32405
Gulf Coast Hearing Centers – Fort Walton Beach 906 Mar Walt Dr Fort Walton Beach FL, 32547
Gulf Coast Hearing Centers – Niceville 4400 Florida 20 E, Suite 211 Niceville, FL 32578
Call today for your free hearing test and begin your journey to better hearing.
Hearing care services
Gulf Coast Hearing Centers offer a full range of hearing services, including:
- Hearing testing and audiometry
- Ear impressions
- Hearing aid sales and fittings – all styles and technology levels
- 30 day hearing aid trials
- Hearing aid education and counseling
- Hearing aid services: cleaning, checking, maintenance, repairs, accessories
|Monday||9:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Tuesday||9:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Wednesday||9:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Thursday||9:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Friday||9:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Saturday||Open by appointment|
Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financing available for those who qualify
- Insurance accepted, please call for details