Our Staff

Kenneth A. Folsom

Kenneth A. Folsom

BC-HIS, ACA

Ken Folsom is an Audioprosthologist, NBC-HIS, ACA. Ken is originally from Tallahassee, Florida. Ken attended Godby High School and started working at Beltone in 1974. Ken began working in the hearing industry in 1974 and was drawn to the profession because his friends’ mom owned Beltone Hearing Aid Center. What Ken loves the most about saving hearing lives is that he the fact that he can help a patient hear again or hear even better. Ken focuses on changing lives in his everyday work with patients. Outside of saving hearing lives, Ken loves spending time with his family and fishing.

Bill Essex

Bill Essex

Hearing Aid Specialist

My goal is to continually improve my skills and help my patients with their hearing needs to the best of my ability. I will never get tired of the joy it brings me knowing that I helped someone with their hearing loss and improved not only their life but also their family members.

In my free time I love to play competitive tennis and won the Cape Coral men’s singles tournament.

Paul Lucas

Paul Lucas

BC-HIS

Paul B. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Florida and a Hearing Aid Specialist who is also Nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. While the NBC-HIS accreditation is not required to practice, coming from a family of school teachers instilled in him the value of maximizing his education, especially when that knowledge can benefit others.

Paul grew up in a family with hearing loss and the impact it had on him motivates his desire to assist others regain their quality of life and reconnect relationships to this day. Having been a hearing healthcare provider since 2009 and also working on the administrative side of the industry has given Paul a broad experience range which helps him work with his patients to find individualized treatment plans for their unique needs and lifestyles.

When not in the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his two children, wife, and Yellow Labrador. He is passionate about fishing, cars, and all things football.

Damian Ferrone

Damian Ferrone

BC-HIS

Damian Ferrone is a Board Certified, Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist. Damian is originally from Wilkes-Barre PA and moved to Lakeland, Fl in 2003. Damian began working in the hearing industry in 2003 and was drawn to the profession because he loves working with people and improving their lives with better hearing.

What Damian loves most about saving hearing lives is the positive impact it has not only on the patients but their family and friends also. Damian strives to maintain the highest level of support and service in his everyday work with patients.

Hayley McCammon

Hayley McCammon

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Hayley McCammon is a HAS. Hayley is originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi and moved to Pace Fl. in 2006. Hayley attended Belhaven College and started working at Audibel Hearing Center Pensacola in 2016. Hayley began working in the medical field in 2000 and was drawn to the hearing industry because of the true impact made in every patients’ quality of life. What Hayley loves most about helping people hear is the long term relationships built with her patients and their families. Hayley strives to make a difference in each of her patients’ lives by providing excellent patient care. Outside of being a hearing professional, Hayley enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kyle Orfield

Kyle Orfield

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Kyle Orfield is a Hearing Instrument Specialist. Kyle has been working in hearing healthcare since 2014. Kyle’s path to hearing healthcare was driven by his desire to passionately pursue a career that provides quality of life to patients daily. During that time, he has helped thousands of patients reconnect with the family, friends, and co-workers through better hearing. Having spent numerous years taking his grandmother to her medical appointments, Kyle believes that any journey to helping a patient begins by listening to their concerns with a servant’s heart. 

Outside of office, Kyle enjoys any activity that involves his two children.  

April Whitney

April Whitney

Hearing Instrument Specialist

April Whitney is a Hearing Instrument Specialist. April is originally from Paget, Bermuda and moved to Newberry, Florida in 1990. April attended Saint Leo University and started working at US Hearing Solutions in 2015. April began working in the hearing industry in 2009 and was drawn to the profession because she wanted to become a medical professional and help people. What April loves most about saving hearing lives are the relationships that she builds with her patients and giving them a new outlook on life through better hearing. April focuses on providing professional, courteous and outstanding service in her everyday work with patients. Outside of saving hearing lives, April loves hobbies such as soap making, fishing and camping with her family.

Charles Leslie White

Charles Leslie White

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Les White proudly serves as a Hearing Aid Specialist. Les is originally from south Alabama and moved to Gainesville, FL in 2011. Les started working in the US Hearing Solutions Chiefland office in 2009 and was drawn to the profession because of family members who suffered from hearing loss. 

What Les loves most about his work is seeing the improved quality of life that his patients experience. Les’s work is centered on building rapport and strong relationships with his patients in order to best understand their needs and hearing challenges.

Outside of saving hearing lives, Les enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor recreation.

Justin Hobler, HAS

Justin Hobler, HAS

Hearing Aid Specialist

Justin Hobler is a Hearing Aid Specialist that also holds a degree in Audio Engineering. Justin lives in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has also previously lived in Nashville Tennesse and Chicago Illinois. As an Audio Engineer, Justin found opportunity in the hearing industry because of his experience with sound design.  Justin began working in the hearing industry in 2010 out of a strong desire to help patients through better programming and fitting of their hearing aids.

What Justin loves most is seeing his patients achieve better speech understanding of their family and loved ones with their hearing devices. Justin focuses on delivering outstanding patient care and world class audio fidelity, so that every patient can achieve their hearing goals and enjoy a better quality of life.

When he is not at work, Justin enjoys spending family time and vacations with his wife and daughter. He is also a musician, and spends time recording and producing music, as well as collecting vinyl records.

Barett St. Germain

Barett St. Germain

Hearing Aid Specialist

Barett St. Germain has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. Before becoming a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist with Starkey, he spent most of his years as a hearing aid specialist in California and was a previous owner of a private practice. He enjoys personally counseling the patient on the best possible choices in current hearing aid technology, while striving to consistently improve on the patient’s lifestyle communication needs. Truly taking the time and utilizing the care it takes to achieve these goals is what guides him to work each day.

Barett served in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier during his 4 years of service. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a major in Communications.

Barett is happily married and a proud father of an 8-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. When Barett is out of the office he enjoys spending time at the beautiful Florida beaches, site seeing and traveling with his family.

Steven Hankins, NBC-HIS

Steven Hankins, NBC-HIS

National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

Steven Hankins is a NBC-HIS. Steven is originally from Forsyth, MO and moved to Ft. Walton Beach in 2022. Steven attended school at Ozarks Technical College and graduated from their Hearing Instruments Sciences Program. He began working in the on-campus clinic in 2013. Steven began working in the hearing industry with Hearing Lab Technologies in 2014 and was drawn to the profession by a desire to treat an underserved community.

What Steven loves the most about saving hearing lives is watching patients go from being withdrawn and nervous to active and engaged members of the community. Steven strives to stay up to date with all the newest technology to make sure his patients can take every advantage he can offer on a day-to-day basis. Outside of saving hearing lives Steven enjoys hunting, fishing, participating in youth sports with his children, and he’s looking forward to plenty of beach time on the beautiful emerald coast.

Gina Ruccione, HAS/HIS

Gina Ruccione, HAS/HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist/Hearing Aid Specialist

Gina Ruccione is a HAS/HIS originally from Queens, NY. And moved to Florida in June of 2010. Gina earned her BA in science and started working at Audibel in the Tampa Bay area where she started working in the hearing industry of October 2015. She was drawn to the profession by a friend who she always admired, and who seemed so happy to help people in a truly positive way that impacted their lives for the better.

What Gina loves most about saving hearing lives is she knows the patients are having a much better quality of life being able to hear and understand those about them, whether they are family, friends, doctors, or the cashier at the store. She knows she makes a big difference in the hearing health of her patients. Gina strives to be and the best for her patients and goes the extra mile. She focuses on patient satisfaction with the instruments and customer service in her everyday work.

Outside of saving hearing lives, Gina loves hobbies such as bodybuilding, tennis, and pickleball.

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Customer Reviews

Ken and his staff are great. They have taken care of all my hearing needs.

Steve Mullins, on Google

I've used this company over the years and have only experienced professionalism and was treated like family. I will only use this company when dealing with my hearing and ears. You should too.

m hollett, on Google

The hearing aid representative was very thorough and supportive during my time of getting my aids serviced by the factory. They are working great!

John Stitely, on Google

They are awesome and have been there for me for over 5 years I wouldn’t go anywhere else. And they are so friendly and just love chatting with them. Always good communication. Oh I’m Cynthia Raker just haven’t changed my name on the phone sorry.

Cynthia McDaniel, on Google

Took my mom for hearing aids. The staff were great. Took their time to make sure they got her the best fit. One of her ears has issues due to cancer removal. When her hearing aids came in they took time to make sure she could get them in and...

Stephanie Hammelman, on Google

The staff at hearing solutions are compassionate and professional. Their knowledge of hearing aids is amazing. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to address any hearing problem.

carl hill, on Google

Great experience with the Dr. Very knowledgeable and helpful explaining things I needed to know

Steve Arndell, on Google

We had a very good experience and would highly recommend US Hearing Solutions of Perry.

Hilda Armstrong, on Google

The Perry office is wonderful. From the moment I made the phone call to receiving my new aids I was impressed by the quality of their service. Pat explained to me what I would need to do before I got there and once I arrived I was greeted warmly yet...

Jack Palaio, on Google

My experience could not have been better. I was fitted with hearing aids and they were programmed for my special needs.

Roy Davis, on Google

From the first phone call to getting my evaluation to the setting up my hearing aids and devices. Brooke is a true professional with a great caring personality to go with it. I will enjoy working with her in the future. She always has my best interests in mind. That...

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