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.
Curtis Whicker MS FAAA CO-OWNER
MS FAAA CO-OWNER
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 MS CCC-SLP CO-OWNER
MS CCC-SLP CO-OWNER
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.
Josh Whicker AuD FAAA
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.