Audiologist / Owner
Dr. Julie Prutsman, owner and founder of Sound Relief Hearing Center, is an expert at helping people hear better and treating tinnitus. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Marietta College, her Master’s Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado, and her Doctorate Degree in Audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Doctors of Audiology, and the American Tinnitus Association.
Jackie prides herself on providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of each patient’s life through better hearing and tinnitus relief. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado and earned her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Smith has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Megan, an 8th-generation Texan, earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University in 2004. She worked in elementary education as both an interpreter in a deaf education classroom and as a speech pathology assistant. Dr. Read then obtained her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 2010.
Her desire has always been to educate and empower her patients by working together to maximize access to communication. Dr. Read worked in a neurotology practice for nine years before joining the Sound Relief team. During that time, she sought out specialized training in the management of tinnitus and sound sensitivity disorders under Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Dr. Elizabeth McNichols earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and her clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Elizabeth completed her clinical residency at Denver Health where she developed a person-centered approach to care. Dr. McNichols is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she received her Certificate of Clinical Competence. Born and raised in Colorado, you’ll find Elizabeth exploring the outdoors during her free time. Her favorite activities include biking, hiking, and running.
Read 29 verified patient reviews for Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch! Their average review score is 4.72 () from 29 reviews.
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“My hearing deteriorated as an Air Force pilot years ago with the high frequency loud sounds on the flight line. It finally reached a point where i knew, with the help of an office testing process that i needed Oticon hearing devices. they work great, help reduce my tinnitus, and provice an awesome connection to my music devices. I highly recommend them”
Received 05/25/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch:“Lee, thank you for sharing your experience and recommendation. It's unfortunate that your hearing deteriorated due to the high-frequency loud sounds on the flight line during your time as an Air Force pilot. However, it's great to hear that you found a solution in Oticon hearing devices. Thank you once again for sharing your story, and we wish you continued enjoyment and success with your Oticon hearing devices.”
“Dr. Megan Read introduced me to being able to hear conversations and to watch TV shows again with out the volume turned way up . I was totally amazed at what proper hearing aides can do to open up the world around me . I love the blue tooth feature of these hearing aides. My daughter accompanied me for my test and fitting. She was so impressed by Dr. Read's explaining of the test and results. We both learned a lot that day. It is routine for me to put my hearing aides in after I am ready for the day and to take them out when I'm ready to crawl into bed. I absolutely love them. I would highly recommend the Oticon. Dr. Read answered all of our questions and was very patient with demonstrating how to put them in my ear. Their customer service is top of the line. ”
Received 05/17/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch:“Sharon, thank you for sharing your fantastic experience with Dr. Megan Read and the Oticon hearing aids! It's incredible to hear how these hearing aids have transformed your ability to engage in conversations and enjoy TV shows without having to turn up the volume excessively. The world around you has opened up, and that's truly remarkable. The Bluetooth feature is undoubtedly a valuable addition, allowing you to connect seamlessly with various devices. It's wonderful that your daughter accompanied you and was equally impressed with Dr. Read's explanations of the tests and results. Learning together can be an enriching experience. We're delighted to hear that your hearing aids have become a routine part of your day, improving your overall quality of life. Dr. Read's patience in demonstrating how to properly insert them in your ears and her responsiveness to all your questions is a testament to her commitment to exceptional customer service. Thank you for highly recommending both the Oticon hearing aids and Dr. Read. Your feedback is genuinely appreciated, and we're glad to have played a role in enhancing your hearing experience. ”
“Dr Smith is fantastic! I recently purchased hearing aids and couldn’t be happier. I’m a ‘boomer’ and paying the piper for my younger passion for loud music (and family genetics) which has impacted my quality of life with hearing challenges. I walked out of the doctors office with my calibrated and fitted hearing aids on the first visit. The entire process was so easy, and I can hear ‘normally’ again. Dr Smith is professional, thorough, knowledgeable, kind and understanding. Best decision I’ve made in a long time. I highly recommend The Hearing Center with Dr Smith and the entire support staff!”
Received 05/17/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch:“Brian, thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with Dr. Smith and Sound Relief! It's fantastic to hear that you couldn't be happier with your recent purchase of hearing aids. As a "boomer," it's understandable that years of enjoying loud music and genetic factors can present challenges to your hearing. We're thrilled to know that the entire process, from your first visit to walking out with calibrated and fitted hearing aids, was easy and seamless. It's truly a testament to Dr. Smith's professionalism, thoroughness, knowledge, kindness, and understanding. Being able to hear "normally" again must have had a significant positive impact on your quality of life. Thank you for recommending Sound Relief and Dr. Smith, along with their supportive staff. Your satisfaction and improved hearing are what they strive for, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.”
“I met Dr. Megan Read year ago while searching for new hearing devices. After testing I tried other hearing aids until the new Oticon devices were installed. in 28 years wearing hearing aids I have never experienced the clarity, and ease of use, than I have with these aids. I also can adjust completely the options on my cell phone to control my hearing needs. Thank you Dr. Read.”
Received 05/17/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch:“Dick, thank you for sharing your positive experience with Dr. Read and the new Oticon hearing devices! It's wonderful to hear that you found exceptional clarity and ease of use with these hearing aids, especially after 28 years of wearing them. Dr. Read seems to have provided you with excellent guidance and support throughout the process, and we're glad to know that you're satisfied with the outcome. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to have been a part of improving your hearing. If you have any further questions or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.”
“Being apprehensive of getting hearing aids to begin with, it has turned into a pleasent experiance and certainly glad I visited Dr. Smith. She is so personable and professional and has been helpful all along the way. The Oticon aids have taken a little to get used to but in all honesty, less than I expected. They work great and with each follow up visit we alter and update the settings to suit my needs as they change. I highly recommend Sound Relief and Dr. Jackie Smith. ”
Received 05/17/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Highlands Ranch:“Dwight, thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that your initial apprehension about getting hearing aids was transformed into a pleasant experience. Dr. Smith is a fantastic audiologist, combining personable care with expertise. It's great to know that she has been helpful and supportive throughout your journey. We understand that adjusting to new hearing aids can sometimes be a process, but we're glad to hear that the Oticon hearing aids have exceeded your expectations. It's wonderful that the hearing aids are working well for you, and the fact that you've been able to fine-tune the settings during your follow-up visits to meet your evolving needs is a testament to the excellent service provided. Thank you for recommending Sound Relief and Dr. Smith. Your feedback is truly appreciated, and we're delighted to have played a part in improving your hearing. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.”
At Sound Relief Hearing Center in Highlands Ranch, everything we do starts with our patients. We give our patients the time they deserve and need. Backed by the most advanced technology, we share a passion for helping anyone suffering from tinnitus or other hearing health issues. What makes us different is that we specialize in tinnitus. As Colorado’s leading experts, no tinnitus treatment team is ranked higher or referred with more confidence. With the most comprehensive FDA-approved tinnitus treatments anywhere, we’ve helped thousands of sufferers experience life-changing results.
Our Core Values
To understand our practice, it is important to understand the principles we strive to emulate.
1. Be People-Centered
Our focus on the patient is a top priority, but this extends to our team here at Sound Relief as well. We are a family-owned and operated company, and we want everyone (patients and employees) that walks through our doors to feel that sense of compassion and family. We also encourage our people to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
One of the big advantages of Sound Relief is our ability to collaborate with the top minds in the field of audiology. Our audiologists regularly work together to help find the best outcome for each patient.
2. Be Integrity Driven
The Prutsmans are the owners and founders of Sound Relief, and they believe everything about the practice reflects on them and their family legacy. Based on that, they do everything in their power to ensure that the practice operates at the highest moral and ethical standards. From the interactions and relationships with patients, employees, vendors, and insurance companies, dedication to this core value is clearly a guiding principle every day.
Dr. Julie also serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association. She believes her involvement will help further their mission and improve the lives of people suffering from tinnitus.
3. Be Innovative
The field of audiology is always evolving. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Sound Relief dedicates tremendous resources to evaluating new technology and treatment techniques, improving existing systems and processes internally, and creating new tools to improve the overall patient experience.
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Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center offers specialized audiology services, including tinnitus treatment, extensive diagnostic hearing testing, and solutions for decreased sound tolerance.
- Hearing & speech comprehensive testing/evaluation, consists of a series of tests and inspections to assess the overall hearing health of a patient.
- Tinnitus assessment, tinnitus is common and often described as a "ringing, rushing or buzzing sound in the ears". The tinnitus assessment at Sound Relief combines tinnitus-specific tests, a comprehensive audiological evaluation, and tympanometry.
- Hyperacusis assessment, a hearing disorder for patients with a decreased tolerance for everyday noise/sounds at such high levels that it causes irritation, anxiety, or even physical pain.
- Hearing aid evaluation, based on your test results, needs, lifestyle and budget together we will determine which hearing device will best suite you.
- Hearing aid sales, rechargeable, digital, iPhone, invisible, background noise cancellation and Bluetooth streaming capability hearing aids.
- Custom made and fitted hearing aids
- Programming of hearing aids with your full prescription.
- Real Ear Measurements (REM), REMs are the gold standard in audiology for verification that the hearing aids are working as they should and providing the intended benefits inside the patient’s ear canal at the eardrum.
- Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs), this test measure frequencies in each ear and the audiologist interprets the results found.
- Removal and management of non-Impacted and impacted Cerumen (earwax).
Developing a Long-Term Partnership, Above all, choosing the right audiologist is the most important decision in regard to your healthcare. The personal relationships you develop at Sound Relief Hearing Center will continue long after your initial appointment. We understand that ongoing counseling, periodic adjustments, and regular device cleanings are vital to your success. We will be here to support you every step of the way!
Hearing Device & Hearing Protection Audiology Services
- Hearing aid clean and check
- General hearing aid service
- Earmold impression
- Out of Office Visits “House Calls”
Service pets welcome
Remote hearing aid programming
|Monday||8:30 am - 5 pm|
|Tuesday||8:30 am - 5 pm|
|Wednesday||8:30 am - 5 pm|
|Thursday||8:30 am - 5 pm|
|Friday||8:30 am - 1 pm|
Service pets welcome
Remote hearing aid programming
Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financing available for those who qualify
- Insurance accepted, please call for details