Family Hearing Care Staff
Dr. Paul Hanrahan Audiologist AuD, CCC-A
I’ve been a practicing Audiologist in Northern Michigan for over 30 years, including more then 25 years at Munson Speech and Hearing Clinic in Traverse City. I’ve had the pleasure of helping many families deal with the challenges of hearing loss. I would like to personally invite you to visit us at Family Hearing Care in Traverse City, to experience how our whole family approach to solving communication problems caused by hearing loss is unlike any other. We can help… with experience you can trust.
Peter Smith Office Manager
After owning Crescendo Entertainment in Colorado for many years. I recently moved back to Traverse City to be closer to family and open Family Hearing Care. Please come in and see how our family approach to hearing care can benefit you and your loved ones.
Dr. Hillary Toennies Audiologist AuD
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a minor in Disability Studies, I attended the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium and graduated with my Doctorate of Audiology degree in 2016. My clinical experience includes internships at the Cleveland Clinic, Paparella Ear Head and Neck Institute, and the VA Medical Center. Most recently, I worked as the lead clinical audiologist at Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Minneapolis, MN. My husband and I, along with our two English Setters recently moved to Traverse City, and are looking forward to being a part of the community and all that it has to offer. I am excited to join the Family Hearing Care team, where families can come together to take the steps towards improving quality of life through better hearing.
Ed Smith Audiologist MA CCC-A – Retired
It’s official! Audiologist, mentor, colleague, friend and founding partner of Family Hearing Care, Ed Smith has retired. Ed has been involved in hearing healthcare for more than 35 years. After graduating from Northern Michigan University in 1975 he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Audiology from Western Michigan University in 1976. His career began in St. Paul, MN where he provided hearing services to children in the Intermediate School District. After 3 years he returned to his roots in Traverse City where he spent the bulk of his career as Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Munson Medical Center. For 23 years he developed and grew the clinic to be the premier provider of audiology and speech services in Northern Michigan. After joining the Traverse City Lions Club in the early 1980’s, he formed a partnership with the Lions of Michigan Service Foundation to bring mobile audiology services to Lions Club communities and outlying hospitals throughout Northern Michigan. What started out as an outreach program with one mobile testing unit eventually grew to three Earlabs. His vision and desire to help children with hearing loss was recognized by industrialist and philanthropist William Carls. A relationship between the two developed and led to building a larger clinic which became the William and Leni Carl’s Hearing Clinic. Services expanded with additional staff and Earlabs providing care to schools, industries, and communities.
Twenty-three years later, Ed left Munson and eventually took on the Directorship of the Constance Brown Hearing Clinic in Kalamazoo. After being there for 5 years it was time to return to Traverse City to start the final chapter of his career. In 2014 Ed, his wife and son, and audiologist, Dr. Paul Hanrahan and his wife, formed a partnership and opened Family Hearing Care. This private practice audiology and hearing aid clinic was welcomed by former patients and area referral sources. With Ed’s managerial and business skills the business was on solid ground after 2 years. His career had come full circle and the time was right for spending more time with grandchildren and his two favorite hobbies of golfing and skiing. With little fan fare, but high praise, Ed Smith has officially retired. It is with gratitude and great admiration that we wish him many future ski and golf outings with his family and friends. – Thanks Ed !!!