Owner and Audiologist
Dr. McWilliams is a second-generation audiologist whose mother modeled superior care and dedication to her patients from a young age. With the roles reversed, Kirsten is now serving patients who remember her coming to work as an infant with her mom.
After graduating from UC Davis with her Bachelors of Science, she worked with her mother's practice as a Hearing Aid Dispenser which helped her to realize that hearing healthcare was her life-long passion. Driven to provide her patients with superior experience and care, she returned to school for her Doctorate in Audiology. After clinical rotations at Stanford and Kaiser, she completed her fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology. She graduated top-of-her class from University of the Pacific, San Francisco and now has over ten years experience in helping those with hearing loss.
Dr. McWilliams specializes in tinnitus management, cochlear implants and the fitting of hearing aids, which she treats as a work of art. As a partner at The Hearing Solution, she has combined the gold standard of care with state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimal hearing for her patients. With focus on helping her patients perform at the best of their ability, Dr. McWilliams prides herself on a customized experience without bias towards certain manufactures and performs a rigorous device selection process. She is excited to apply her best practice approaches to help you hear your best.
Dr. Barragan is a Sacramento Valley native; she attended Sacramento State University and earned her bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She then received her Doctorate of Audiology from University of the Pacific, San Francisco.
Elizabeth may look like a familiar face to some of the patients as she began as a student intern at The Hearing Solution in 2016. She conducted the aural rehabilitation program in 2016 and will continue to do so through Amptify.
In addition, Dr. Barragan has extensive experience with hearing aids, vestibular evaluations, tinnitus management, and pediatrics.
Audiology hits home with Elizabeth as she has a family member in El Salvador that was born with profound hearing loss and unfortunately, never received medical care for his hearing loss.
Dr. Barragan wholeheartedly believes in making a difference in the lives of others and improving her patient’s quality of life with better hearing and communication. She is very excited to return to The Hearing Solution.
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If you’re like most people and have noticed that hearing is requiring a little bit of effort, you’re probably not thrilled at the prospect of having to purchase hearing devices.
There are so many different choices and opinions on how, where, and which hearing aid to buy. You are not alone, most people that we see are hesitant about hearing aids and confused with the options.
We have seen thousands of people during the 20 or more years that we have been in business. These are the questions we most frequently hear,
- What is an audiologist, should I answer an ad?
- Should I trust a franchise?
- What about online hearing aids, or hearing aids from a big box store?
Hearing aid technology alone isn’t the problem.
We have found that it is seldom the device that is the source of the problem. Rather, the problem that we see in our practice is from improper fitting of a hearing device. Hearing devices have the technology to have almost one million different combinations of programming, which is done by an audiologist. The education, experience, equipment, and the proper use of it is the most important factor in your success and satisfaction with your hearing devices. Our approach has made thousands of patients raving fans.
We have found three reasons for the dissatisfaction with hearing aids that don’t relate to the device itself. All three of these problems can be solved and they do not involve buying a new hearing aid.
- Improper or poorly fit device
- Lack of validation using probe microphone measurements
We welcome patients from other providers who have been improperly fit with a hearing aid and you are disappointed with the performance. Answer yes or no to any of the following questions about what happened when you were fit with your hearing devices:
- I was tested in background noise with words while wearing my hearing aids.
- Small tubes were inserted in my ears with my hearing aids and I learned all about carrots (these are called probe microphone, real ear measurements).
- I learned and practiced techniques with my communication partner that improved our communication.
- I was tested in a sound booth with inserts in my ears and not headphones.
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then you have been treated by an audiologist, a Doctor of Audiology, who has followed the gold standards of audiology. If not, chances are that you have been improperly fit.
We believe you can achieve better hearing and you deserve better care.
Come experience the difference at The Hearing Solution— You do not have to have purchased devices from our office in order to benefit from our experience.
- Hearing screenings
- Complete hearing tests
- Hearing aid evaluations
- Hearing aids
- Computerized hearing aid fittings to ensure proper amplification
- Hearing aid accessories
- Hearing aid service including cleaning, checks, maintenance and repairs
- Hearing aid batteries
- Implantable devices such as cochlear implants
- Hearing protection and custom earplugs
- Tinnitus management
- Auditory training
- Remote cochlear programming
- Telehealth remote care
Call us today to see how we can help you hear better.
Assistive listening devices
|Monday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Tuesday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Thursday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Friday||9 am - 12 pm|
|Evening and/or weekend hours available by appointment. Please call to schedule.|
Assistive listening devices
Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financing available for those who qualify
- Insurance accepted, please call for details