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Our story started with listening. We listened to how undiagnosed and untreated hearing difficulties were negatively affecting the quality of life for so many. We heard from employees who wanted hearing education and supportive benefits to navigate the headphone-filled lives of their families and themselves. We were all ears as employers realized that they need an affordable solution that proactively cares for their teams.
As we listened, existing support for the headphone generations sounded out of tune, so we set out to change how it sounds. Tuned is a new approach to preventive and comprehensive hearing health.
The largest group of audiologists saw this gap in healthcare for all ages and designed a way to more easily deliver hearing care at scale. Hearing care should be as accessible as dental or vision coverage within families’ healthcare benefits.
Everyone deserves to hear well. Tuned makes hearing health a priority.
With the largest network of audiologists in the world, participants gain easy access to hearing specialists who are available to offer personalized guidance and cutting-edge solutions.
Hearing care isn't just hearing aids. Hearing is critical to our total health and wellbeing, and Tuned is here to educate participants about loss prevention and hearing conservation.
Audiologists rigorously vet all hardware and software on the Tuned platform. Tuned's brand agnostic approach means participants can trust they're getting the best possible device or solution for their unique need.
Dr. Heather Malyuk (Au.D.) is a musician and audiologist who hails from Northeast Ohio but is known internationally as an expert clinician and public speaker in the field of music audiology. She owns and directs Soundcheck Audiology and is also a co-investigator with Gateway Biotechnology, Inc, where she is researching tinnitus and the effects of sound exposure on hearing.
A long time audio engineer for film, Laura career expanded into hearing health as an audiologist after over-exposing her ears to her work and the bustling, busy, loud metropolis NYC. She ran the Sensaphonics Musician's Hearing Clinic, a Chicago-based institution that has served musicians for over 30 years. Now based in Central New York and NYC, Laura provides traveling and concierge audiology services for musicians, media professionals, and music lovers. In addition to her doctorate degree from the City University of New York, she has a Music Technology master's and bachelor's degree from New York University and the University of Colorado at Denver, respectively.
Dr. Kathleen Wallace (Au.D.) is a licensed audiologist in New York State. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is now an adjunct professor. Kathleen’s interests include developing custom care plans, advocating for hearing accessibility, and promoting hearing health.
Dr. Greaves graduated from City University of New York. She is a binaural hearing aid user and enjoys working with our nation’s veterans.
Dr. Juan Vasquez, originally from southern California, studied audiology in Oregon and has been a practicing audiologist in Chicago since 2019. As a musician and hearing healthcare provider, he is passionate about the importance of education in hearing preservation and the methods which best suit each individual. He has a breadth of clinical experience including diagnostics, amplification, counseling, and his main interest is in hearing conservation and tinnitus.
Dr. Frank Wartinger is an audiologist who founded Earmark Hearing Conservation, a full-service audiology practice serving the specialized needs of musicians both within the Philadelphia area, and nationally via teleservices. Additionally, he is a clinical specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he oversees the Healthy Hearing Community Education Program and the Department of Audiology's clinical Hearing Conservation and Tinnitus services. When not in the clinic or lecturing, he is an active audio engineer and music producer.
Dr. Christie Leung is an audiologist based in Vermont. She received her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Leung is currently licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Her clinical interests and expertise include pediatric and adult hearing evaluation, balance assessment, tinnitus assessment and management, musician hearing protection, and customized aural rehabilitation. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Dr. Squires owns a private audiology practice in Parkersburg, WV with his wife. Dr. Squires also teaches the audiology practice management course at The Ohio State University. Michael graduated with his bachelor of science (BS) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University in 2010. Michael obtained his clinical doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) in 2014 from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC), a partnership between Kent State University, The University of Akron, and The Cleveland Clinic. Michael completed his doctoral externship at The Cleveland Clinic. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, and spending time with his family. Dr. Squires also sings in the Praise Band at his church.
Lisa Tannenbaum, M.S., is a licensed audiologist in California and has more than 30 years’ experience providing ear protection and hearing devices for thousands of clients. An early adopter of Music Industry Audiology, Lisa established Musician’s Hearing Services in 1993—the first practice on the West Coast to focus on the audiological needs of musicians, sound engineers, and production personnel. Lisa is adept in ear injury prevention for people who work or play in high-volume listening environments and in devising practical, effective solutions for anyone who experiences auditory challenges—musical or otherwise
Dr. Squires owns a private audiology practice in Parkersburg, WV. She graduated with her bachelor of science (BS) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University in 2010. Carlee obtained her clinical doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) in 2014 from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC), a partnership between Kent State University, The University of Akron, and The Cleveland Clinic. Carlee completed her doctoral externship at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Squires is an animal lover and enjoys exercising and spending time with her family. Carlee is a member of her local Rotary Club and a member of the disciple leadership council of her church.
Dr. Steve Taddei is a licensed audiologist in Rockford, Illinois. He hosts and produces the Hearing Tracker Podcast and is a professor at several institutions proctoring courses in acoustics, hearing conservation, and audio arts. Additionally, he remains an active member in the music and audio engineering community. Whether speaking to students or consumers of hearing technology, he aims to promote self-advocacy and increase hearing health awareness. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, mountain biking, and playing guitar.
Dr. Shannon Switzer is a Chicago-based audiologist whose goal is to empower patients to become active participants in their hearing healthcare. She understands that listening needs are highly individualized, and focuses on creating customized treatment plans for every patient. As a native Vermonter, Dr. Switzer completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Vermont in 2014 and earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Northwestern University in 2017. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and enjoys practicing across a variety of clinical settings, including private practices, VA hospitals, ENT clinics, and completing contract work for Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation.
“Every second of every day, we rely on hearing to communicate with the world around us. It adds context to everything we do. Yet most Americans won’t have had an audiology consultation since third grade and are being let down by an outdated system. We believe much more is possible in hearing care and hearing health. Employers have an important role to play and can bring hearing health to the forefront, offering Tuned alongside their traditional mainstream benefits and preventative care.”
Nearly 25% of working-age adults and 15% of school-age children experience hearing issues, from ringing in the ears (tinnitus) to balance issues to auditory processing disorders. Once limited to factory or warehouse workers, hearing fatigue and hearing issues are now presenting in knowledge workers, with many Americans working in remote or hybrid environments that require all-day headphone use.
Hearing loss is twice as prevalent as cancer or diabetes and is one of the most common chronic conditions in the U.S. Traditional annual health screenings track high blood pressure or cholesterol as potential chronic condition risk factors, yet no equivalent standard of care exists in hearing health.
At least 50% of people with untreated hearing loss have never had their hearing professionally checked before age 60, despite 60% of people with hearing loss being under retirement age. Undiagnosed hearing loss can have deleterious impacts on quality of life, including increased anxiety, depression, social isolation, and reduced mental health and cognitive function.
Tuned serves members of all ages, including children, by connecting qualified and credentialed audiologists to members via an easy-to-use clinically validated platform. Tuned audiologists can accurately screen members’ hearing online. The Tuned 360 Hearing Profile is the most advanced hearing screening available online, offering an affordable, convenient and accessible solution to anyone in the world.