Our owner, audiologist Joe Baker, is an Army veteran who got his start in hearing healthcare helping soldiers avoid hearing loss from hazardous noise exposure. As you would imagine, this is a tall order in the military! He became a hearing aid specialist, working for an audiologist and ENT doctor after his military enlistment. While honing his clinical audiology skills there, he completed his education to become an audiologist at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, Joe relocated to Seattle, then to Walnut Creek, California, before returning home to Ohio. Joe Baker is widely regarded by his peers and his patients as an expert in hearing healthcare.

Joe specializes in preventing and treating hearing loss, and has a growing expertise in tinnitus evaluation and treatment. As an audiologist who suffers from tinnitus, he is continually improving his expertise to better help others dealing with bothersome ringing and buzzing sounds. With his breadth of experience, Joe is well-equipped to provide knowledgeable and effective care to his patients.

Joe works with industries to manage their hearing conservation programs to prevent hearing loss for employees exposed to hazardous noise. Joe also teaches courses certifying occupational hearing conservation technicians for the Council on Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). You are as likely find him checking out the latest and greatest in hearing protection as hearing aids.

When Joe isn’t working with patients or keeping up with office duties, you’ll find him doing DIY projects around the house. He loves to spoil his rescue dog, Kaya, with walks and treats or helping her look for the lost tennis ball. In cooler months, Joe is in the kitchen trying to improve his bread baking skills. So, feel free to ask him about his latest loaf!

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Joe Baker, MA, CCC-A - Audiologist

Listening is my passion. I often ask people what their favorite sound is. Responses vary from fire crackling to rain on the roof. Listening to nature sounds is a calming strategy for patients dealing with tinnitus. As a licensed audiologist for 21 years, it is inspiring to listen to people’s stories as they navigate the changing
landscape of their auditory journey. Sometimes that means coming to terms with sounds they are missing, sounds that are disruptive or even sounds that are hazardous.

Having spent 20 years in the Rocky Mountain Region, listening to nature has become a way of life. I earned my Master’s Degree in Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado and worked with patients of all ages in a hospital setting for almost a decade before pursuing my doctorate in Audiology from Central Michigan University in 2009. I am interested in tinnitus management, hearing conservation, and brain health with the support of amplification. I enjoy hiking, skiing and kayaking.

I am very glad to be back in the Great Lakes Region near family and friends. I may see you on the trails of the Metroparks or catch you listening to the waves on the shores of Lake Erie. I will be here to support your goals of healthier hearing and happier listening.

Anna Soennecken, Au.D., CCC-A - Audiologist