Our History

Hearing and Speech Connection’s roots go back to the 1990s when Curtis Whicker, an audiology student and future hearing aid doctor, married Tana Thorley, a speech pathology student.

That dream came true in 2002 when they opened their first office together in Miles City, Montana. Fast forward to 2021, and their audiologist son, Joshua Whicker, and speech pathologist daughter-in-law, Natalie Whicker, have now joined the team! Who could have imagined then the direction this family business would one day go!

With offices in Billings, Miles City, and Glendive, we are southeast Montana’s ONLY integrated hearing and speech clinic.

Our Providers


Curtis Whicker MS FAAA CO-OWNER

Curtis Whicker


Curtis Whicker, MS, FAAA, co-owner, graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in speech and hearing science, a masters degree in audiology, and is currently enrolled in an audiology doctoral program.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a Montana state license in audiology.

His professional interests include treatment of tinnitus and fitting of advanced hearing instrument technology.

He enjoys 3D printing and building motorized longboards as well as drawing and painting. He loves spending time with his family.



Tana Whicker


Tana Whicker, MS, CCC-SLP, co-owner, also graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in speech and hearing science and a masters degrees in speech-language pathology.

She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Montana state license for speech-language pathology.

Tana is our practice manager and oversees operations in our three locations.

She enjoys reading, playing the cello, and baking.

Anchored Hearing Aid

Josh Whicker AuD FAAA

Josh Whicker


Josh Whicker, AuD, FAAA, grew up in Miles City, Montana. He obtained his bachelors degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his doctorate in audiology from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

He received specialized training at St. Luke’s Hearing and Balance Center in Boise, Idaho with emphasis on providing audiological services to patients with hearing aids and cochlear implants, and assessment of balance disorders.

Josh’s clinical interests include adult and pediatric hearing diagnostics, hearing aid fittings, and cochlear implant activation/mapping. He holds a Montana state license in audiology.

In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and their two golden retrievers. He enjoys hiking, camping, longboarding, playing guitar, and playing board games with family and friends.


Natalie Whicker MS CCC-SLP

Natalie Whicker

Natalie Whicker, MS, CCC-SLP, received her masters degree from Idaho State University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Montana state license for speech-language pathology. Natalie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of communication disorders. She has worked most extensively with speech sound disorders, early language development, autism spectrum disorder, and augmentative/alternative communication. Natalie is in the process of completing her certification with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to become one of only four certified orofacial myologists in the state of Montana. Natalie enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her husband and two golden retrievers. Some of their favorite activities include hiking, swimming, and going to the park.



Beth Kanning received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in 1989 followed by a Master’s of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Moorhead State Minnesota, with her internship completed at the Anne Carlson School for the Multiple Handicapped in 1991. She has been practicing with her Certificate of Clinical Competence as a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association since 1991. She has been licenced to practice in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and is now currently licensed to practice in the state of Montana. Beth is a seasoned speech language pathologist who has practiced in a variety of settings throughout her 30 year career with various developmental delays, head injuries and the deaf population using sign language training to facilitate job coaching. She has worked with pediatrics in a private practice, in the public schools and 2 hospitals addressing feeding and communication disorders. She has worked extensively on rehab teams serving geriatrics with various disease processes and strokes that impact the speech/swallow/voice and hearing mechanisms as well as Augmentative Communication Devices to assist with total communication skills for overall quality of life. Beth has a keen interest in brain/body health and looks forward to pursuing more specialization in the area of auditory processing disorders (APD) to help minimize the impact they can have on school, work, home and the community with the use of collaboration, remediation and assistive technology. Beth enjoys faith, family and fun water skiing, snow skiing, kayaking, using her E bike and overall lounging in the sun! She grew up with the motto, “Work hard, play hard.”



Adam is completing an internship to become a board certified hearing instrument specialist (BC-HIS), and travels among our three clinic locations assisting with patient care. He is a former college and professional bareback bronc rider (Northwest regional champion and college national finalist), who hung up his hat and spurs when he graduated college with a degree in wildlife ecology. He is now a husband and father to four energetic kids, and a self-proclaimed plant and wildlife nerd. He loves fishing, hunting, camping, and working with his hands to build and create, and his skills come in handy with our in-house hearing aid repairs.


Jamie is our patient care coordinator. She was born and raised in Miles City, returning home to our community after 20 years away. She has worked in the medical field for 22 years, and is a billing and scheduling guru. She loves gardening, baking, cooking and spending time with her husband and son.


Monica is our billing specialist and the office manager at our Billings clinic. She was born in Sweden and has been married for 43 years, and has worked with us since we began our practice in 2002. She loves spending time with her two children and six grandchildren, and enjoys traveling, camping, reading, knitting and crocheting.


Maizie is our clinic receptionist. She is a college student studying elementary education and plans to be a teacher when she graduates. She enjoys playing the piano, spending time with friends, and organizing social events.


Ethan is our repair technician and IT specialist. With all the advanced computers and equipment necessary for our office administration and patient care, Ethan stays busy keeping everything running in tip-top shape. In his free time, Ethan enjoys listening to music, graphic design, and spending time with his family and friends.


Shelby was born in Rhode Island, but has called Billings home for 20 years. She grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds but the cats and horses always held a special place in her heart. Shelby spends her free time baking, crafts, and spending time with her husband, son, and two cats.