Originally from Chicago, Tony moved to Colorado in 2012 to pursue his Doctorate after many years of touring as the lead vocalist in his punk rock band Shot Baker. He was recently featured in a story by NPR which highlighted his hearing conservation work with musicians. Click here for more information.
In addition to playing music and helping folks with their hearing healthcare needs, Tony enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and camping with his wife, Lisa, and their chocolate lab, Bodhi.
Dr. Abby McMahon is a licensed audiologist helping patients in our Fort Collins office location. She earned her Doctorate in audiology from Northern University in Boston. Dr. McMahon holds a certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She served on several audiology boards including the Colorado Academy of Audiology as President. She is knowledgeable in the latest technology in hearing aids and devices so she can help you choose the best solution for your hearing needs.
Julie Prutsman, owner and founder of Sound Relief Hearing Center, is a third-generation audiology professional. Her family entered the field of hearing health care in the 1950s. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Marietta College (1996), her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado (1999), and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology (2003). Dr. Prutsman is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, Colorado Academy of Audiology, and American Tinnitus Association.
Julie grew up in Highlands Ranch and graduated from Highlands Ranch High School. Her husband, Patrick, works as the General Manager for Sound Relief, and they have two wonderful children, Ethan and Hanna. In her free time, Julie loves to read, travel, ski, and spend time with family.
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“Dr. Tony Kovacs has shown me that the Oticon method of tinnitus reduction works. There is a very noticeable reduction of tinnitus in both ears. My tinnitus was different in each ear. An annoying chirp has completely cleared up in one ear and the high pitch that once was in both ears is very much diminished. State of the art Aids and service. The word profound has real meaning. Thanks”
“We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dr. Christine Russell today at the Sound Relief Hearing Center in Fort Collins for our hearing screenings. She let us know that she prefers to be called "Christine" and made our time in her office seem like a visit with a good friend. We felt as though we had known her forever! She's very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. We appreciate her expert care and advice. Kelsey, who runs the front office is fabulous! Fort Collins is fortunate to have such a wonderful hearing facility. Thank you, Christine! ”
About this hearing center
Sound Relief Hearing Center combines family tradition with cutting edge technology to provide our patients with the best tinnitus treatment and hearing solutions available. We are a family-owned and operated practice with six tinnitus and hearing centers from Highlands Ranch to Fort Collins and two in Arizona. We are proud to fulfill the needs and exceed the expectations of patients from Colorado and across the United States.
Hearing care services
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is a common condition, where a person experiences a ringing, rushing, or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus will not cause you to go deaf, but its presence may affect your daily activities. Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with this persistent problem. Each person has an individual response to treatment. Our goal is to work with you to relieve this condition.
Hearing Tests and Evaluations
If you’re concerned about your ability to hear properly, contact us to schedule a hearing test. First, we will ask about your medical and hearing history. Then, we will use an otoscope to examine your outer ear and ear canal, checking for abnormalities. After that, we will conduct a hearing test in a sound-proof booth. This will allow us to determine the specific frequencies (if any exist) that you struggle to hear.
These days, you can find hearing aids online, at CostCo, and at literally hundreds of other places in Colorado. Although you might be tempted to purchase a hearing aid from the comfort of your couch, we promise you won’t regret visiting Sound Relief Hearing Center. Our specialists provide effective hearing tests, invaluable expertise, and top-notch service. Most importantly, we will provide knowledgeable recommendations for treatment and can personalize many of the devices we offer. By choosing Sound Relief Hearing Center, you can ensure that you receive an excellent return on your investment when it comes to your hearing health.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
Technologically Advanced Hearing Aids with Bluetooth Compatibility
We offer the most technologically advanced digital hearing aids and offer a variety of options designed to meet any budget. If you need hearing aids to work with Bluetooth technology, we can help you choose the hearing aid that is best for you.
Cerumen (Wax) Management
Earwax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. Its purpose is to protect and clean the skin of the human ear canal while protecting it from debris, bacteria and water. Sometimes the ear produces too much wax which can become impacted and press against the eardrum. This can impair the ability to hear. We can assist in the safe removal of ear wax.
Out of Office Visits “House Calls”
In special circumstances, if you are unable to make your appointment at one of our Denver hearing centers, a hearing professional may be able to come to you.
The charge for each out of office visit is based on a half hour schedule. The first half hour will be billed at $150. Each additional half hour will be billed at $100. Travel time will be billed for patients located greater than 5 miles away from our established offices.
Sound Relief Hearing Center will not submit a claim to your insurance carrier for these services. We will provide a receipt and a Superbill upon request. Payment is required at the time of the visit and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
Custom Ear Molds and Plugs
We provide custom hearing protection as well as custom molds for iPods and Sleep Plugs. We also sell Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25 and Musician’s Monitors. Please visit our partner Westone’s site for a complete selection of available options.
|Monday||8:30 am - 5:00 pm |
|Tuesday||8:30 am - 5:00 pm |
|Wednesday||8:30 am - 5:00 pm |
|Thursday||8:30 am - 5:00 pm |
|Friday||8:30 am - 1:00 pm |
Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financing available for those who qualify
- Insurance accepted, please call for details