Audiology Services of Chattanooga has been a mainstay in the Chattanooga medical community since 1979 – and so has its founder, Dr. Ken Parker. To this day, Dr. Parker serves as operating officer and audiologist, and his passion for his profession hasn’t dwindled over the past four decades. “I treat individuals who have hearing loss which cannot be corrected by medication or surgery,” Dr. Parker explains. “My staff and I are able to help these people reconnect with family and friends. The service we provide strengthens the social and emotional networks that make life worth living.” Not only does Dr. Parker believe in quality healing health care, he’s also adamant about treating his patients with respect and kindness. “I want our patients to be treated like I would want my sweet grandmother to be treated,” he says.
“Almost daily I see patients who are so grateful to us for providing the tools to allow them to live life more completely.”
1. What sets your practice apart?
At our practice, no one is a number. Every individual is treated with dignity and respect. From the front desk to the professional serving the patient, kindness is afforded to each individual.
2. What accolades mean the most to you?
When patients come to us from their physician or another patient and say something like, “My doctor said I could trust you to be honest” – I feel very gratified.
3. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Technology in every medical field is advancing rapidly. Streaming phone and TV sound to the hearing devices is a fascinating, and very satisfying, tool. Some of our products can count your steps to encourage healthy living or even detect falls.
4. What is your best advice for patients?
Don’t put off treatment. It is not unusual for patients with hearing loss to wait five years or more from their first symptom before seeking treatment. Studies have shown that dementia, depression, and isolation occur more rapidly in those who delay.
5. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I think I have the quality of putting my patients at ease and being patient with them as I explain difficult concepts.
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