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.
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.
Audiologist / Owner
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.
Kelsey started as the patient care coordinator at Sound Relief and has since started her doctoral studies of audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. Between classes, Kelsey continues to help by assisting the doctors as much as possible. Before moving to Colorado, she grew up in the Chicago area. When she isn’t spending time with patients, Kelsey loves being with her growing family of 10 siblings and 11 nephews and nieces. Her true passion is caring for and working with others. She also enjoys volunteering and fostering for local dog shelters, and her dog’s name is Roux. Kelsey tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible, including hiking, backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
Read 16 verified patient reviews for Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins! Their average review score is 5 () from 16 reviews.
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“Dr. Tony was great. My hearing exam was thorough and detailed. The process for fitting me for my hearing aids was smooth and I have had excellent results.”
Received 05/17/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins:“Thank you for sharing your review of Dr. Kovacs and your experience with the thorough and detailed hearing exam at Sound Relief. It's great to hear that the process of being fitted for your hearing aids went smoothly and that you have achieved excellent results. Having a comprehensive hearing exam is crucial to understanding your specific hearing loss, and it's reassuring that Dr. Kovacs provided a thorough examination. The smooth fitting process indicates that he took the time to ensure your hearing aids were properly adjusted and tailored to your individual requirements. Thank you for sharing your positive experience, and I hope your journey to better hearing continues to be successful.”
“Dr. Kovacs has been treating me for about a year. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in assessing hearing need’s especially as it pertains to tinnitus. His treatment has brought me significant relief from almost debilitating symptoms. Dr. Kovacs is a excellent communicator and asset to the Sound Relief clinic in Fort Collins!”
Received 05/12/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins:“Mike, thank you for sharing your positive experience with Dr. Kovacs at Sound Relief in Fort Collins. It is great to hear that Dr. Kovacs was able to provide you with effective treatment for your tinnitus and that you have experienced significant tinnitus relief. We appreciate your recommendation and hope that you continue to have improvement with your hearing.”
“It was a pleasure working with Dr. Kovacs. His expertise combined with his caring personality made it delightful getting my hearing aids. All of the staff are friendly and easy to work with.”
Received 05/11/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins:“William, thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review about your experience working with Dr. Kovacs. I'm glad to hear that your experience was a pleasure and that you found the staff to be friendly and easy to work with. It's great to hear that Dr. Kovacs' expertise and caring personality made the process of getting your hearing aids a delightful experience. I'm sure that he and his staff will appreciate your kind words and will continue to provide excellent service to their patients.”
“Dr. Kovacs is awesome. He is knowledgeable, personable, and a pleasant person to be around. He and the rest of the team have gone out of their way to provide great customer service. ”
Received 05/11/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins:“Dennis, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with Dr. Kovacs and the team at Sound Relief. Dr. Kovacs is an excellent audiologist. He is knowledgeable, personable, and a pleasure to work with. We're also happy to hear that you received great customer service from the entire team. At Sound Relief, we strive to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for our patients, and it's great to know that we were able to meet your expectations. We appreciate your kind words and hope to continue to provide you with excellent service in the future. Thank you again for your review.”
“Had ringing in my ears went to Sound Relief for treatment. It has worked very well.”
Received 05/11/2023Official Response from Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center - Fort Collins:“Clinton, thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience with Sound Relief. We are glad to hear that the tinnitus treatment provided was effective in reducing the ringing in your ears. We take pride in helping our clients find relief from tinnitus, and it's great to know that we were able to provide you with the help you needed. If you ever have any further concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you again for sharing your positive experience.”
Everything we do starts with our patients. We’re not owned by a manufacturer or forced to sell a certain product or procedure. Instead, we give our patients the time they deserve and need. Backed by the best 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. Hearing health care isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are.
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.
Please visit one of our 9 Colorado and Arizona hearing and tinnitus centers. Listed above you can follow the center link convenient to you to make an appointment.
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, background noise cancellation and Bluetooth streaming capability.
- Custom made and fitted hearing aids, using an earmold impression of the patient's ear.
- 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).
Hearing Device & Hearing Protection Audiology Services
- Hearing aid clean and check
- General hearing aid service
- Earmold impression
- Out of Office Visits “House Calls”
- Musician, recreational and industrial custom earplugs
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|
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