A passion for music and personal experience with tinnitus, ringing of the ears, led to Kelly Breese pursuing a career in audiology and eventually opening Hearing Aids of Sarasota, which now has three locations.
Breese celebrated her Longboat Key medical suite’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting March 10.
Doc Side Audiology, at 540 Bay Isles Road Suite 207, acts as a satellite office for Breese, who primarily works out of her office in Sarasota. Her other location is in Sun City Center.
Breese has been a professional and competitive percussionist since she was 9 years old.
“Before I really got into the field, I got tinnitus not knowing what it was,” she said. “Through music and (learning) sign language, I had some projects in school that led me to this field. It all kind of fell into place, and music translates well with language.”
She is fluent in sign language and the deaf community played another large part in her decision to pursue audiology.
Her office on Longboat Key has been open since October 2022.
“Hearing care is health care,” Breese said.
Caring for your hearing can also help with memory and balance, she said.
So far, she says, she has had success in her new office as clients that would normally have to go off island for appointments no longer have to make the trip.
She graduated with her Doctor of Audiology from University of Arizona. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.
Patients interested in setting up an appointment with Breese can do so on her website or by phone.