Online hearing care was broken. So we fixed it.
As Audiologists, we were frustrated by the state of our industry. There was no high-quality online experience that gave patients expert, human-led care. That’s why we founded SoundBenefits.
Connecting patients with the best human-led hearing care
Our goal is to bring patients the same personalized care online that you would expect in a high-end hearing clinic. Hearing care professionals are trained to notice things that automated tests miss, such as uncertainty, pauses, or body language. If hearing correction is needed, professionals can help choose the product that best fits lifestyle and budget. During orientation, our experts can make custom adjustments to ensure the best possible fit. Trained professionals truly make Audiology better for patients every step of the way.
We’ve teamed up with the best
At SoundBenefits, we recognize that to do the most groundbreaking work, we need to collaborate with industry leaders. That’s why we’ve teamed up with top device manufacturers such as Signia to provide our patients with hearing aids and accessories that offer critical features at affordable prices. We’re also working with leading universities and research facilities to develop technological innovations and new ways to evaluate and talk about hearing loss.
Reaching patients, wherever they are
There are 38 million Americans with hearing loss, and only 20,000 Audiologists in the United States. That means that it's almost impossible for each patient to have convenient access to well-trained professionals. To make matters worse, COVID-19 hit, making it even more challenging for patients to make it into a clinic. We knew that we had to make it possible for people to have access to the highest quality Audiology care, no matter what.
Meet our Audiologists
Dr. Lindsay Hobbs
With deep experience in diagnostic testing, hearing technology, and auditory processing disorders, Dr. Hobbs is passionate about the ways that telehealth can help those experiencing hearing loss. At SoundBenefits, she has played an integral role in developing our online assessments and HearScore methodology.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. She then worked as an Audiology Assistant at West Texas Rehabilitation Center before receiving her doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Post-doctorate, Dr. Hobbs completed an internship at Bay Audiology in Havelock North, New Zealand, where she honed her skills in the identification, assessment, and diagnoses of hearing disorders.
In her free time, Dr. Hobbs loves spending time with family and her rescue zoo that includes a Lab-mix named Ellie, a New Zealand bunny named Winston, and a blind cinnamon hedgehog named Wilbur. Her favorite sound is people singing Christmas carols.
Dr. Trent England
Dr. England has devoted his career to helping patients improve their lives by diagnosing and correcting hearing loss. At SoundBenefits, he works with patients and the team to ensure the highest quality of care.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Missouri State University. After working in customer service, Dr. England wanted to connect with others on a deeper level and make a positive impact in his community. He returned to school and earned his doctorate of Audiology from Missouri State University. Post-doctorate, Dr. England completed his internship with Sound Advice Hearing Doctors, where he helped to improve hearing screening programs and refined diagnostic capabilities.
Dr. England loves spending time with his family in the outdoors and enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting trips. He is currently working to restore a 1970 GTO, and his favorite sound is the rev of its engine.
Dr. Cristen Culp
For more than 25 years, Dr. Culp has worked to enrich life for hard-of-hearing and Deaf patients. At SoundBenefits, we’re thrilled to have her deep experience in hearing aid technology and speech and language pathology.
Dr. Culp holds a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. In more recent years, she has been overseeing providers as an Audiology staff director. Dr. Culp is a member of the Austin Audiological Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She served as the President of the Texas Academy of Audiology in 2014 and is currently serving as Conference Chair.
She is serving her second term on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Speech/Language Pathology & Audiology Advisory Board where she aids with monitoring and updating Speech & Audiology state rules and regulations. She has guest-lectured on hearing aids and state hearing resources at Baylor University and community events.
Dr. Culp is active in the booster club for her daughter's volleyball team and loves cheering on her alma mater, the Texas Longhorns. Her favorite sound is the ocean waves as they crash onto the shore.
“We started with the premise that you shouldn’t have to leave your home or office to get high quality hearing health care. And then we built it.”
Dr. Trent England