Our Staff

Cathy Newman, AuD

Cathy Newman, AuD


Dr. Newman joins our practice with many years of diverse clinical audiology experience. She received her master’s degree in Audiology from Washington State University and completed her Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010. She has served a pediatric through geriatric population including hearing aid fitting and dispensing throughout her career.

She holds certification through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology and holds an Audiology license to practice in the state of Florida.

Cathy endeavors to deliver quality, professional and compassionate services to the hearing impaired population she serves. She actively continues her education through training sessions to enhance her clinical skills and knowledge of hearing aid technology advances.

She is a volunteer at her church with community outreach, loves to travel, and is involved in a functional medicine group that promotes healthy living.

Barett St. Germain, RCL

Barett St. Germain, RCL

Barett St. Germain is a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist originally from the State of Minnesota. He Joined the United States Navy out of high school and served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier for four years while stationed in Alameda, CA. He graduated from the University of Santa Barabara with a Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) degree in Communications.

In 2001 he acquired a Hearing Aid Clinic in California, focusing on hearing evaluation, treatment, and aural rehabilitation. He has over 20 years of experience in both clinical private and corporate practice and is licensed in three states. Barett moved from California to Florida in 2022 and continues to serve the hearing-impaired community. He’s happily married, raising a son & daughter and enjoys traveling and beach time with the family. Barett is determined on improving the quality of life of each of his patients by offering the highest quality of hearing health care with a tailor-made prescriptive treatment plan.

Yoelkis Valdes, HAS

Yoelkis Valdes, HAS

Hearing Aid Specialist

Yoelkis Valdes is a Florida licensed hearing aid specialist.

Yoelkis was born and raised in the beautiful Caribean island of Cuba, where she graduated as a Licensed Nurse just before coming to the USA in 1995. After learning a new language in 1999 she became a Hearing Instrument Specialist and worked for a while, but stayed home raising her kids for many years. Yoelkis has improved her knowledge and skills working with ENT Doctors and Audiologists over the years and enjoys helping the hearing impaired Patients to improve their quality of life.

She loves spending time with family, outdoor activities and traveling.

Ben J. Brody

Ben J. Brody


Since 2002, Ben has been a Florida Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist and, since 2004, has been Nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. From 2019-2021 he served as President of the Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals and has been a member of their board for over 8 years.

Ben hopes to continue to improve the professional services the industry provides through education and active participation in the International Hearing Society initiatives. Helping the hearing-impaired community of Southwest Florida to improve their quality of life is what Ben continues to do every day.

Chris Ela

Chris Ela

Hearing Clinician

Chris Ela is a native of New Hampshire. He has lived in Cape Coral since 2007, where he lives with his wife and beautiful daughter, Kadence. Chris enjoys golfing, boating and fishing. He has a deep compassion for patients suffering with Tinnitus and loves to help people live a more fulfilling life.

William Essex, HIS

William Essex, HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Over the years I have really enjoyed my career in hearing health sciences. The main reason I became so interested in this field was because of my mother. She was a patient with hearing loss, coming to the same office I work in now. For my mother, hearing aids were such a life changing experience that it made me realize it would be a rewarding career.

It brings me joy to give patients the care and help they need. I treat each patient with professionalism and a caring attitude. I previously lived in Michigan (Go Blue!) and I am happy to now reside in Florida without the snow. In my free time I love to play tennis, I am active in two different leagues. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Michelle Benn

Michelle Benn

Audio Tech

Michelle graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science. She slowly made her way south through Florida, enjoying it’s beauty in Clearwater, Lake Okeechobee and Sarasota. She was drawn back to her home town of Ft. Myers. Michelle enjoys any day on a golf course no matter what her score is, and any day fishing, boating or beaching it on our beautiful waters here. Being positive and kind to others is a core belief of Michelle’s.

Stephanie Kelley

Stephanie Kelley

Audio Tech

Bio coming soon.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Hearing Instrument Specialist Trainee

Tom started in the hearing healthcare field in 2022. He is originally from Pennsylvania where he studied music and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has taught private lessons and performed professionally for over 25 years on a wide variety of musical instruments.

His goal always is to serve others in any capacity he can and after helping people learn to play musical instruments, he is now focused on helping those who are struggling to hear their friends and families. He is passionate about auditory and brain health as he cares for those in his community wishing to hear the world more vibrantly.

He currently lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife Brittany and son Robert Ried. In his free time, he enjoys writing songs for his son and spending time outside in the beautiful Florida sunshine with his family.

Megan Kirwin, PSC

Megan Kirwin, PSC

Patient Services Coordinator

Bio coming soon

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Customer Reviews

Very friendly staff with quality & expedient service.

Wendy Howell, on Google

Bill made my test easy and comfortable. Explanation easy to understand the results. Now just waiting for aids to come in and set up to my needs.

Ed Hardgrove, on Google

Bill and Megan are the best👍😎

James McWilliams, on Google

Always a good experience. Friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. When I first went 7 months ago for the first time I didn’t know what to expect. I highly recommend Audible Hearing.

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Jim Laudadio, on Google

Thank you for all you’ve done to get me back hearing 100%. William and Megan, offered guidance, professionalism and amazing customer service all with a smile!

Teri LeDuc, on Google

I often hesitate to pay for services here in FL because people in this state often overcharge or downright rip you off. That is not what happened today. The audiologist honestly told me that although I have a slight hearing loss, I do not need a hearing aid, at least...

leslee hartman, on Google

Everyone is so attentive, friendly, helpful and caring. If you want that personal touch added in with your checkup, this is the place for you. Highly recommend them for all your hearing needs!

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Richard Trepp, on Google

Both Bill n Megan are awesome to work with! They bith know their business n work as a team! The sense of "support"that the Hoglund center provides is amazing! I am so glad i picked them to purchase my first pair of hearing aids...

Jerome Roberts, on Google

my first contact with Megan was delightful, she is very knowledgeable and a big help. Dr. Bill was amazing we had a long conversation. He educated me on a proper way to handle this, but we have to look at the medical route first and see in the ear nose...

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