Family Hearing Center continues to provide the most advanced diagnostic services and amplification technology to benefit hearing-impaired patients and their families, so they stay connected to the people, places, and activities they love. With more than 90 years of combined experience, the licensed audiologists at Family Hearing Center are the most experienced audiology group in the area, currently providing services for hearing-impaired individuals from birth to over 100 years of age. With their compassion and expertise, providing services for multiple generations within a family, they truly are a Family Hearing Center.

How It All Started

In 1967, Robert Asby, then director of the Department of Audiology at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, established the first independent audiology practice in Pennsylvania. The practice, located in Kingston, was associated with P. John Hagan, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat surgeon who was also on staff at the Geisinger Medical Center. The focus of the practice was to provide the most comprehensive hearing health care in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). The practice was joined shortly after by James F. Hora, M.D., who was also formerly on staff at Geisinger Medical Center.

The group installed the latest in diagnostic hearing testing equipment in order to provide a series of firsts in comprehensive audiology care in NEPA. This philosophy of comprehensive, patient-focused care has continued to the present date. In 1972, as a result of the Agnes Flood, the practice moved to an office adjacent to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. At that time, William Russin, M.D., joined the specialty practice.

Robert Asby & Associates was the first audiology practice in NEPA to fit advanced-technology hearing aids in a comprehensive audiology and medical setting. Other firsts include the addition of newborn hearing testing and the establishment of a center for auditory evoked response testing at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. During those growth years, Asby participated on regional, state, and national audiology committees and taught part-time at two universities.

James Zeigler, audiologist, joined the practice in 1987, and the group became the first audiology practice to fit computer-programmable hearing aids in NEPA. Dr. Zeigler was a member of the first class to graduate from Bloomsburg University’s audiology doctoral program in May of 2006. Dr. Zeigler participates on numerous regional and state committees. He also teaches part-time at Misericordia University and provides clinical supervision for doctoral students in the Bloomsburg audiology program. Judith Johnston, audiologist, joined the practice in 1997, providing diagnostic audiology and hearing aid services to patients of all ages. In 2009, Dr. Johnston received her doctorate in audiology from Salus University, George S. Osborne College of Audiology. In 2011, Jill Knecht, audiologist, also joined the practice and provides diagnostic audiology and hearing aid services to patients of all ages. Dr. Knecht earned her doctorate in audiology from Bloomsburg University.

In 2000, the audiology practice relocated to their current locations in Kingston and Dallas with convenient parking a few steps from the buildings’ entrances. In 2011, the practice changed its name to Family Hearing Center to reflect the all-encompassing nature of services provided.

7 Reasons to Visit

We absolutely love what we do!
We’re motivated by helping people reconnect with their families and loved ones through better hearing, and our passion for better hearing means you get the best experience — every time.
Our expertise and variety of services mean you get the care you deserve.
Our hearing care providers have the skill set to develop a comprehensive better-hearing treatment plan that incorporates the most effective hearing treatment options.
We believe that educated patients are our best patients.
We provide our patients with educational materials about hearing loss and the technology options available to help you make informed choices about your hearing care.
Detailed audiometric testing means we address the specific nature of your unique hearing loss.
Our diagnostic examinations accurately determine what listening environments are particularly problematic for your lifestyle, and a treatment plan is developed specifically for your individual hearing needs.
State-of-the-art hearing aids optimize your ability to hear.
We work with the world’s best manufacturers, and we offer a complete lineup of the most technologically advanced hearing systems available anywhere.
We offer exact hearing aid fitting and programming to your satisfaction.
Armed with an accurate diagnosis, our providers cater to your hearing needs with technology that is comfortable to wear and offers unmatched clarity.
Exceptional follow-up care means you get ongoing, personalized customer service.
As part of our comprehensive better-hearing program, you’ll receive cleanings, hearing aid reprogramming, and updates on technology and assistive devices when changes in hearing or lifestyle occur.