We love our patients — and we want them to love the care they receive!

Our goal is to make sure every one of our patients has a fantastic experience with our hearing care providers, and that each gets the results they really need. Whether it’s something as simple as a hearing consultation or as impactful as a full hearing aid fitting, making our patients happy is what we’re here for. See what they have to say about our practice!

Ludi McDevitt

I have recommended two family members and friends. I appreciate beyond words Danielle taking time to help me.

Eleanor Hogan

I would definitely recommend a family member or friend. Kristen is a tremendous asset to Manatee Hearing and me!

Elizabeth Brisset

Very, very professional and helpful.

Happy Clients

"I never mind this appointment; everything goes smoothly."

"Everyone is wonderful."

"You are all awesome! Continue the good work!"

"Nothing could have improved. Everyone was so very patient, professional, and personable!! Jaimie was FANTASTIC. Gold Star from the retired teacher!"

"Coffee and donuts would be ok. Enjoy."

"Jackie and Jaimie have been very helpful, and very nice and professional."

"Danielle is awesome! :)"

"Great explaining- appointment went very well- easy to understand."

"I was very happy with the care I received. Everyone was very helpful."

"Awesome experience! I absolutely love this office. EVERYONE is friendly, pleasant, and helpful. Dr. Hummel is phenomenal!!!"

"Fantastic at all levels! You have given me faith in QUALITY Florida health care."

"You are all a blessing to the community."

"You are all awesome."

"I FINALLY found people who care after 2 1/2 years!"

" I have been a patient for several years. Kristen has been a great help. The care has been the best."

"You guys are awesome!"

"Dr. Costa was very understanding about waiting on solving hearing problems until other health issues were solved."

"Kristen was amazing, helpful, and patient."

"We loved Liz!"

"Sarah and Danielle were AWESOME. THANK YOU. Go Gators."

"Everything was great. Good explanation and answers to my questions."

"Always a pleasure to receive your services. We are particularly impressed with Danielle who is most professional and personable."

"Danielle was great and Silvia was very helpful."

Joyce Wagner

It was perfect.

Wes Hannah Jr.

Manatee Hearing & Speech is a caring organization. Patients are their number one concern. They perform the necessary testing to ensure they provide the best care and solution for the patient's needs. They also follow up with their patients to ensure they are satisfied with their hearing devices.

They also go a step further in that they provide loaner devices when they are available. They are also available anytime if you have a problem or need information.

The products they recommend are of the highest quality, thus saving you money in the long run.

Shari B.

I learned about Manatee Hearing & Speech Center through brochures. The questions I had were clearly and completely answered, so I scheduled an appointment. The evaluation of my hearing was very professional. My hearing aid was expertly fitted and adjusted. The service I have had has been wonderful; I have received a quick response to every need I have had. I would highly recommend Manatee Hearing & Speech to anyone with hearing needs and plan to continue to use the Center indefinitely.

L. Willis

Danielle Hummel (my audiologist) is a goddess. Great company.

J. Stokes

I have had my new AGX9 hearing aids for over a month now and I am writing this to let everyone know how I am doing. I no longer have to ask people to repeat what they are saying. I have been to meetings, parties, and concerts, and I can hear. The fact that I do not have to have my cell phone at my ear in order to hear a phone conversation is wonderful as it comes right into my hearing aids. It is quite the new technology that has my friends and family laughing. My daughter says I need to be careful as people will think I am talking to myself. Thank you for your time in fitting me with my "new technology" AGX9 hearing aids. Life is wonderful!

Brenda N.

The investment in my AGX hearing aids was the best investment I've made in a long time.

Dr. Lawrence Hasara

Patti P.

I absolutely love my new hearing aid. Losing hearing in one ear at age 57 was devastating. I waited a long time before seeking help, and now I’m sorry I waited so long. Not only is the aid easy to wear, but I don’t even know it is there, except for the fact that my hearing has improved 100%. No more reading lips for me at the checkout line; I can hear over the beep of the grocery scanner with no problem. I also used to have issues in crowded restaurants. This device intuitively blocks out the background noise so I can pay attention to friends at the table. It has absolutely has changed my life! Thank you.


I purchased my first hearing aid from Manatee Hearing & Speech Center in 2008. Over the span of five years, adjustments were made to accommodate my active lifestyle and my hearing loss was carefully monitored by both my ENT physician and by your skilled professionals. My hearing aids were very good, but I hoped for something better.

Something better had become available. Last year, I learned about the features of the new Starkey AGX9 hearing aids. Of particular interest were the built in switches which allowed me to raise and lower the volume, the Telecoil telephone feature and, for the theater, the hearing loop switch. I didn’t hesitate to purchase the AGX9 as the original hearing aids couldn’t keep up with my very active lifestyle in our new residence, a senior independent living retirement facility.

Every evening we eat dinner in a dining room and weekly, we enjoy live entertainment and movies, etc. We also attend the theater, visit museums, the zoo, etc. I use the rocker switch to adjust my AGX9 to fit the situation and get instant audio feedback when I make an adjustment. As a bonus, no more buzzing or whistling—the AGX9 fits my needs and I’m so glad I decided to get them.

M. E.

I am 75 years old, and my hearing has slowly declined over the last 10 years, especially in separating the music from the conversation on TV. I finally gave in and decided to purchase hearing aids, much to my wife’s relief. Being aware of the rip-offs in the sale of hearing aids, I approached with caution. Several friends recommended Manatee Speech and Hearing. Ms. Kristen Van Watteghem was the audiologist who conducted my exam.

Kristen spent roughly two hours answering all of my questions and going over my options in selecting the right type of hearing aids. She explained thoroughly the differences in brands, styles, costs, etc. She was professional, friendly, patient, and understanding with no sales pressure. Five-star treatment by the entire staff.

After wearing my hearing aids for one year, they have exceeded my expectations. Love the Bluetooth feature and controlling the hearing aids with my cell phone apps.

John K.

My hearing had deteriorated from many years of loud machinery and music and lack of hearing protection when I was young. Kristen and the team at Manatee Hearing and Speech fitted me with the right technology to have me hearing better than ever. I am still very active and now can bluetooth from my phone right to my hearing aids, allowing me to work and play better than ever. Thanks.

Jerry R.

This is the best hearing aid I've ever had! I've worn five different hearing aids and have never had one this good!


Everything is great. I’m very happy with them. Definitely worth the money.


He actually listened to me and helped me choose the right hearing aid for my hearing loss, lifestyle and budget and he was so patient with my questions. As a result, I can hear better than I have in years.


I’m a perfectly happy hearing aid user. There’s a world of difference between these aids and my old ones.

Edna Duffy

I have been a patient for a number of years, and have always found Brad Mason to be very helpful, courteous, and always willing to go out of his way to help patients. Recently, I had to bring in my hearing aid to be repaired, after 3 years of use, and there was no question that it would be fixed and sent to me at my vacation, with no charge to me. I was offered via mail and in person, an extended warranty at a reasonable cost, which I did purchase. Meantime, my hearing was evaluated to make sure there were no changes to be made. One could not ask for better treatment.

Also, last year I had occasion to be tested by Dr. Gary Rodriguez, Executive Director. He was very professional and knowledgeable but also very kind and understanding. This speech center is a very well organized and efficient operation. I will be a patient for a long time and highly recommend Manatee Hearing & Balance Center.


How can I ever say, “thank-you” enough to justify how incredibly happy I am with my new hearing aids?” Read the rest of Cynthia’s testimonial here.


This is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me!


In my 28 years of wearing hearing aids I’ve had several audiologists in several states. You are the best I’ve ever had. As I live out the rest of my life I’ll feel peace in knowing you will be there to help me hear what’s going on in the world.


He was kind enough to take the time to explain my hearing loss, its causes and my options to improve my hearing. Together, we chose hearing aids that have been a blessing to me and my family. I can actually hear again and enjoy going out in public.


Harry and I so appreciate your time and the information you gave us. You have a gift for explaining things well. An added bonus is that Harry has been wearing his hearing aids much, much more even at home! Thank you! Thank you!