Patient Stories

5 star review
JD Gates Patient Stories

.“I noticed hearing loss years ago and went and had a hearing check, but I held off getting hearing aids until I really felt it was affecting my work and home life. I was concerned that hearing aid salesmen had a reputation for being more interested in commissions than in actually helping patients. My doctor recommend an audiologist and all went fine until the bill came in at twice what I had been told. So I walked out and did not get the aids.

“A year later, I found Gold Country Hearing and they were great. No pressure, they gave me a free trial with no commitment, and I bought my first pair from them and have stuck with Gold Country ever since. My first impressions of them were that they are kind, pleasant, and interested in helping me. They don’t work miracles, but I am able to hear and understand much better than I can without them. Plus my wife does not get to hear me ask WHAT? as much. If you are considering an appointment, don’t wait any longer. Go to Gold Country and you will be happy that you did.”


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Karin Kleinhans Patient Stories

“I’ve been concerned about my hearing since I was a young adult. It [hearing loss] is in my family history. Before visiting Gold Country Hearing, the cost was a huge concern, vanity with young children & an active sports lifestyle. I was afraid I would not have any idea how to make choices with many options available and how to choose what was right for my lifestyle. The staff was attentive, called back as they said they would with answers, and they helped me navigate what I needed from my physician to get started without delays.

“The impact hearing aids have had on my life is surprisingly dramatic! I had NO idea I wasn’t hearing birds and crickets, gravel under my feet, my cat purring, leaves rustling, wind in the trees. My husband says I don’t ‘tune out’ anymore in conversations. I can hear the TV without turning up its volume (I can do it from my hearing aids!). I WANT to wear them, and nobody sees them, they are super discreet. They don’t need batteries, I charge them every night just like my phone. One more awesome perk: they are like personal earbuds. I can listen to music or apps/videos that are on my phone!

“If you are thinking about making an appointment, go sooner than later! I wish I had not waited so many years. I missed out on more than I ever realized. The staff worked with me on what I could financially manage.”

Karin K

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Steve Roddy Patient Stories

“I have experienced a high frequency loss for many years. About 6 years ago, I really was missing a lot, asking people to repeat things, avoiding challenging listening environments, and guessing what people were saying. My biggest concern before going to Gold Country Hearing was the effects of hearing loss on cognitive functions. But I had no fears at all. I knew going to an experienced audiologist was the only way to go.

“With my hearing aids, people speak so clearly! They enunciate so well! I love them! The TV volume is way down. I can communicate so much better! I can hear so many things I was missing! I’d tell anyone to go in and have a consultation. Have your hearing tested. I was able to test drive a pair and immediately noticed a huge improvement in my hearing. I was glad I didn’t wait too long. The younger you are, the easier the experience.”

Steve R

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Terri Maddox Patient Stories

“I was born severely hard of hearing, and I began wearing a hearing aid at 2 years of age. My first impression when I came to Gold Country Hearing was how friendly the staff were. In order to function in life … I need them [my hearing aids]. If you are concerned about your hearing and are considering Gold Country Hearing, I say you better go call Charley!”

Terri M

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Mary Lindberg Patient Stories

“I became concerned about my hearing when people had to repeat things to me. Gold Country Hearing knew what they were doing and had the latest equipment, which they used to its fullest. Hearing aids have allowed me to continue almost normally, unlike my brothers who refused to learn to live better with hearing aids. They just let other people yell and turned up the TV to painful levels for others with normal hearing. If you are thinking about making an appointment with Gold Country Hearing, then don’t hesitate – do it. It’s the best thing you’ll do for your health and others’ consideration.”

Mary L

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John Kelly Patient Stories

“I became aware of my hearing loss because of two situations. One, while watching TV, I started needing more audio volume than my wife, which became annoying for her. The other situation was at work, having difficulty understanding speakers at the far end of the conference room. I was reluctant to ask for repeats, as others in the room appeared to follow the conversations and I gradually became more and more uninformed.

“When I came to Gold Country Hearing, I was replacing older hearing aids that were not performing well anymore. The staff were professional and personal. With my hearing aids, I am having normal interactions with people again. I do not have to guess what was just said. If you are considering a visit, do it!”

John K

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Dennis Thomson Patient Stories

“I was young (40’s), it [my hearing loss] was gradual, and I slowly became more concerned and finally went for a hearing test. It confirmed my fears and I slowly adjusted to the fact that I needed hearing aids. My biggest concerns were who will I be talking to, will they understand my needs and be able to equip me to move ahead in my life with confidence in my ability to understand the world around me.

“My first impression was one of a high degree of competence and integrity that made me feel that I was in the right place. I love that a sense of calm and nurture from Dr. Bonney and her staff pervade the entire space and experience. I haven’t been told this, but it is my belief that I am legally deaf. My hearing has gotten slowly worse over time, and I would not be able to participate in life as I do without my aids. It is so important to me to be able hear as well as possible because I have been a singer and musician most of my life.

“If you are considering an appointment with Gold Country Hearing, I would say you need to look no further! I have been to many providers over the years, and I feel actually blessed to have found Gold Country Hearing. No one will work harder or give you a more rewarding experience than Dr. Bonney and her staff.”

Dennis T

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Donna Hardy Patient Stories
“I first became concerned about my hearing while at work when I was only 19 years old and not able to use my left ear when talking on the phone. I always have had to use my right ear for phone calls. Made it a challenge being right-handed to write and talk on the phone at the same time. Before coming to Gold Country Hearing, I was concerned I’d have to have hearing aids for both ears and about the cost.

“Gold Country Hearing was very kind, professional, and knowledgeable. I appreciated the options I was given. Having a hearing loss for many years, not able to hear conversations, having to ask to repeat many times, I felt self-conscious and avoided socializing. I also never appreciated music like others and felt deprived or left out.

“I would consider this the best place to see an awesome audiologist, an actual doctor that specializes in hearing loss. Don’t wait like I did. You really don’t know how much you are missing out on until you can hear correctly. I compare it to bad eye sight then getting new glasses and the world opens up. Hearing loss is no different.”

Donna Hardy

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David Bear Patient Stories
“I was embarrassed that I couldn’t be part of a group conversation because I missed part of what others were saying. Before my appointment, I had some concern that the hearing aids I got would be uncomfortable behind the ear – and also that the service received would not justify the cost. I was impressed with the very friendly staff and high quality of service at Gold Country Hearing. I am still adapting to my hearing aids, but so far I hear sounds that I didn’t realize I was missing…such as car turn signal clicking and birds singing. I am anxious to see if my hearing has improved significantly while in a group or at a restaurant (after COVID-19 social distancing is over). I can understand TV dialogue better now without straining so much. Gold Country Hearing provides quality service. Quality hearing aids are expensive, but Gold Country Hearing helps you utilize the quality features of those aids.”

David Bear

5 star review
Gold Country Patient Stories
“I first had concerns about my hearing way back in the late 80s. Before my appointment, I wondered how a hearing aid looked. I was impressed with Gold Country Hearing’s professionalism. Now with my hearing aids, I have less stress in understanding conversations & TV. If you are thinking of booking an appointment, just do it.”

Ted M.

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Roland Dutton Patient Stories

“My hearing loss slowly occurred over time. I kept asking people to repeat themselves, which became very embarrassing. I was very impressed with Gold Country Hearing’s efficiency and professionalism. They have markedly improved my ability to hear clearly at normal tone levels. If you are concerned about your hearing, do not be worried about your evaluation and Gold Country Hearing’s recommendations.”

Roland D

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Edward Glenn Patient Stories

“I was shell shocked from an explosion when I was 15. My hearing was totally gone for five to six hours. It returned slowly, but some of the damage was permanent. Before visiting Gold Country Hearing, I didn’t have any worries. I just hoped that I could hear better. And I did. This is very professional, caring help. It gets very quiet whenever I take the hearing aids out of my ears. Then I know how badly I need them. My wife reminds me to use them. So I do. Well, most of the time. The hearing aids have an off switch. My wife does not. Gold Country Hearing can truly improve your life. I highly recommend them.”

Edward G

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Fred Strohn Patient Stories

“I first became concerned about my hearing when I couldn’t hear what my wife said. I was concerned about an infection leading to tinnitus. I was impressed with Gold Country Hearing’s high level of expertise. With my hearing aids, I have reduced stress with my wife. I highly recommend Gold Country Hearing.”

Fred S

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Tom Agar Patient Stories

“I first realized that I might have a hearing challenge when I was at a work meeting where I couldn’t hear the key decision maker. Before coming to Gold Country Hearing, I thought that I had failed for not protecting my hearing, and I felt ashamed that I needed help at such a young age of 48. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Hearing aids have affected my life very positively. It’s nice to hear conversations! If you are thinking about an appointment, don’t delay. They will get to the source of your problem.”

Tom A

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Keith Porter Patient Stories

“Before my appointment at Gold Country Hearing, I felt my life would slowly change for the worse. My only concern was that I wouldn’t lose my hearing completely. Would there be some sort of stigma attached to having hearing aids? Kim was pleasant and helpful, asked me questions, and listened to me. She was very willing to answer all questions I had about what the best solution was. I hear what I need to now. Don’t wait to make an appointment. Check it out, learn your options, and improve your life.”

Keith P

5 star review

“While teaching, over 20+ years ago, I had trouble understanding vocal answers from my students. I had been to several audiologists before Gold Country. I followed my audiologist when she left her previous hearing company. I have had hearing aids for over 25 years. During that time, my hearing has slowly continued to worsen. My wife and I still lead an active lifestyle, and the aids, although not perfect, have allowed me to continue to be a part of all our family, friends, and neighborhood activities. I would advise anyone considering Gold Country Hearing to go now, sooner than later.”

Dale F

5 star review

“My hearing loss happened gradually, but eventually I realized that I was missing a lot of conversations and it was embarrassing to ask people to repeat themselves. Before visiting Gold Country Hearing, my biggest concern was that the hearing aids would be visible and that I would have to be adjusting them all the time. When my husband and I arrived at Gold Country Hearing, we were greeted cheerfully by the staff and I was impressed with the efficiency of my exam. With the hearing aids, I find that conversations and watching television are a lot more enjoyable and I do not have to say “what” all the time. I would recommend Gold Country Hearing to anyone that’s concerned about their hearing.”

Lorie J

5 star review

“Before coming to Gold Country Hearing, I could only hear half of a conversation. I actually thought everybody mumbled. It finally dawned on me that I was the one who wasn’t hearing them talk. I was getting more and more embarrassed with missed conversations. If someone was talking directly to me, I would just say, ‘Oh sure,’ ‘You bet,’ or, ‘OK.’ Then I realized that I had to do something & I did. I actually started to giggle when I first got the hearing aids plugged in. That was a grand feeling! I thought things would be more complicated. With my hearing aids, I enjoy music much more. If you’re concerned about your hearing, you should seriously consider their program.”

Kathleen N

5 star review

“I’ve been wearing ‘tin ears’ since elementary school. I was hoping to get the same service from the previous Lodi Hearing Services. I had a good experience at Gold Country Hearing. I cannot function without them [my hearing aids]. If you have a major loss, see an audiologist rather than a hearing aid dispenser.”

Mike I

5 star review

“I’m a bird watcher, and I realized I had a problem when I noticed that others were hearing birds that I wasn’t. The staff at Gold Country Hearing were very friendly and professional. The difference is almost like night and day when bird watching. I can now hear birds that I hadn’t heard in years. Have your hearing tested and get hearing aids. You won’t regret it. Gold Country Hearing makes it a pleasant experience.”

Kurt M

5 star review

“I came to Gold Country Hearing because I was lacking the ability to understand words. The staff were very understanding of my hearing problem. The hearing aids have dramatically impacted my life. If you’re considering a visit, then I’d say go see them soon.”

Bill W

5 star review

“Several years ago, I noticed that I was having difficulty hearing when I was in a restaurant environment with clusters of people around me. My primary care M.D. recommended Gold Country Hearing. My biggest concern was if I would be treated just as a customer number and not as an individual with serious hearing challenges.

“They made a great first impression. The office staff were friendly and the building and interior waiting room had a very professional tone to it. All aspects of my hearing abilities have improved, and my spouse was pleased with not having me repeat a lot of lost sentences.

“I recommend to all potential patients of Gold Country Hearing to do their own “Due Diligence.” The cheapest hearing aids may be a poor choice. In my case, I needed custom hearing earmolds to properly secure my aids in both ears for them to properly provide the normal range of hearing proficiency.”

Leo E. P

5 star review

“My hearing loss has been going on for years but was told hearing aids won’t help, because my loss in the low tones and aids won’t help me. I was surprised when I was checked this last time that my hearing had deteriorated on both ends of the scale. It was gradual, so not noticeable. I didn’t think I would get hearing aids, because in the past, my loss was mostly the low tones and I didn’t think my hearing had changed. I was impressed with how nice and helpful everyone was at Gold Country Hearing. With my hearing aids, I don’t have to ask my husband to constantly repeat himself, therefore he isn’t as frustrated with me. I would tell anyone to definitely go to them to be tested.”

Janice G

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