About Dr. Clifford Olson

YouTuber, Private Practice Owner, Audiologist

Dr. Cliff Olson is a Board Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Cliff Olson is the founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix Arizona. He is also an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Speech & Hearing Science at his alma mater.

Early Life

Dr. Cliff Olson was born and raised on a small farm in Morris, Illinois. Upon graduating high school, he attended Joliet Junior College for 1 year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, two months before September 11th, 2001.

While in bootcamp, audiologists discovered a hearing loss in his right ear. Fortunately, due to an oversight, he was able to complete his entire enlistment. Dr. Cliff had the opportunity to serve two tours of duty in Iraq and served as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper.

After leaving the Marine Corps in 2006, he started a medical massage therapy clinic where he would work while earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Early professional life

Prior to graduation, due to his personal experience with hearing loss, he decided to pursue a career in audiology. He was accepted into the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After selling his massage clinic, he and his wife Ashley and their dog Charley Girl, moved to central Illinois in 2012. After 3 years of sub-zero winters, Dr. Cliff Olson and his wife decided to leave the Midwest for the desert of Arizona.

During his externship at an Otology clinic in downtown Phoenix, he was able to gain experience treating extremely complex cases of hearing loss with a variety of hearing loss treatments including cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Dr. Cliff AuD today

In 2017, Dr. Cliff Olson opened Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem, Arizona. Around the same time, he started his YouTube channel – Doctor Cliff, AuD – to educate consumers on their hearing loss treatment options and the importance of Hearing Aid Best Practices.

In less than 2 years, Dr. Cliff Olson has become one of the most sought out audiologists in the Phoenix area and is widely regarded as one of the most well known Audiologists in the world thanks to the hundreds of consumer-focused educational videos that he has produced.

When he isn’t treating hearing loss or making educational videos, he can be found swimming, biking, and running all around the greater Phoenix Area. A triathlete since 2005, the only thing more rewarding than finishing a tough race is finding time to train with such a busy schedule.

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