James Young is a second-generation hearing aid dispenser who has been actively dispensing in North Carolina for forty-three years. He currently oversees a dispensership with eight full-time offices and three satellite offices serving fifteen counties. Jim chaired the committee that guided the NC Lions Foundation in establishing the NC Lions Club Hearing Aid Bank in the early 1990’s. He also helped establish the Apprentice Tutoring Sessions in 1991 for the North Carolina Association of Hearing Care Professionals. These training sessions help prepare an apprentice in passing the NC Board’s dispensing license exam. Jim had been the instructor for most of these Tutoring Sessions when they began but has resigned from teaching in North Carolina. Subsequently, he taught apprentices in the state of Georgia for ten years. Jim has served the North Carolina Association of Hearing Care Professionals as vice-president for two years and as president for four years during the 1990’s. He was appointed by Governor Pardue in 2009 to serve on the NC State Hearing Aid Dealers & Fitters Board which is the state Board that governs the dispensing of hearing aids. He served for seven years on the Board, three of those as President of the Board.
Jim has made many friends over the four decades that he has been helping people to a better quality of life. His patients are like family to him. He also enjoys gardening and keeping beehives.
Located at the Hickory, NC office.
Ashley Williamson is a Hearing Instrument Specialist licensed in the state of North Carolina. Ashley is originally from Hickory, NC and moved to Newton, NC in 2018 where she and her husband purchased their first home. Ashley attended East Burke High School and graduated in 2013. After high school, Ashley studied at Catawba Valley Community College to pursue a career in Radiography. In 2016 she started working at Best Value Hearing Care Center as Patient Care Coordinator. Ashley was drawn to the hearing industry, so at that point she decided to pursue a new career and earned her license as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.
What Ashley loves most about saving hearing lives is hearing the stories of how hearing aids have changed her patient’s life. Ashley strives to ensure her patients are happy and confident in wearing their hearing aids. Ashley focuses on each individual need to ensure the best possible outcome for her patients every day.
Outside of saving hearing lives, Ashley loves spending quality time with her family. In 2019, she and her husband became first time parents to a little girl. They enjoy spending time together outside, doing projects around the house, or taking adventures around town.
Florica Bonar is a Hearing Instrument Specialist. She is originally from Arad, Romania, Europe, and moved to Hickory NC in 2002. Florica attended Liceul Industrial Nr 3 CFR Arad and started working at Coop. Pielarul Arad in 1984. Florica began working in the hearing industry in 2016 and was drawn to the profession because she is dedicated to helping people achieve a better quality of life through healthy hearing. Hearing loss affects millions of Americans of all ages and studies show that people who act regarding their hearing loss enjoy a higher standard of living, thus this profession has a major positive impact on many people’s lives.
What Florica loves most about saving hearing lives is seeing the joy that sparks in the eyes of a person deprived of hearing their loved one’s voices. She enjoys working to help diagnose and manage hearing problems, in patients, by providing diagnostic audiologic examinations and implementing comprehensive hearing loss treatment and management. In 2019 she was licensed as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in the state of North Carolina.
Outside of saving hearing lives, Florica loves hobbies such as reading, traveling cooking and baking, and growing flowers. She also loves to spend time with her husband, her daughter, and their 2 cats.
She looks forward to helping you find the best solution for your hearing needs!