Providers


Kay Lynn Benko, M.S., CCC-A

Audiologist

Education:
Masters of Science Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University 1984
Bachelor of Arts Speech and Hearing, University of California Santa Barbara

Kay Lynn recently relocated with her husband to the Flathead Valley, after many years spent in Central California. She has provided excellent hearing healthcare for over 30 years. Her most recent position was at Central Coast Head and Neck Surgery in Salinas CA where she was the lead Audiologist for over 21 years. She is thrilled to be able to “slow down” a bit while enjoying the Flathead Valley. She enjoys being active, and also visiting her children and grandchildren.


Hannah M. Sims, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiologist

Education:
Doctorate of Audiology, University of Utah, 2015
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wyoming, 2010

Hannah earned her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Utah in 2015. She completed her Au.D. externship at Southwest Idaho ENT in Boise, ID and has experience working in a range of clinical settings throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Prior to joining Glacier Ear, Nose, and Throat, Hannah spent a year practicing audiology at a private practice in Bozeman, MT. She is thrilled to serve the Flathead Valley by providing a range of audiologic services for pediatric and adult patients.  She strives to better the lives of her patients by providing ethical, best-practice treatment using the latest technology. She has a strong interest in hearing aid fittings and diagnostics, as well as hearing conservation. She has a passion to serve her patients and also her country; Hannah serves in the Army Reserve as an Audiologist.

Hannah is from Lander, Wyoming, which instilled in her a love of the outdoors. In her spare time, Hannah likes to spend time hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, and running. She also has a love for travel and piano.


Von Praska, Au.D.

Audiologist

Education:
Doctorate of Audiology, Pacific University, 2019
Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, Minnesota State University, 2014

Von is from Rochester, Minnesota. He earned his Doctorate of Audiology from Pacific University in Oregon in 2019 and completed his A.u.D. externship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA in Cleveland, Ohio. Von is passionate about diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, and vestibular assessment. His special interests include working with geriatric and Veteran populations.

In his spare time, Von enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, and live music.