Mark A. Smith, BC-HIS , Owner and Licensed & Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist
Studied at the University of Tennessee (1971-1973); as an apprentice dispenser, completed coursework at Middle Tennessee State University to become a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist (1974).
Completed two years distance learning through the International Hearing Society (IHS), and in 1975 became a Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. After four additional years practice and study, awarded Board Certification as Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences (1982)
Attended Tennessee School of Electronics, Knoxville, TN, then completed 80 hours of shell making and electronic assembly (Electone Shellmaking & Prewire Assembly School) to prepare for in-house manufacturing of hearing instruments (1984-85).
Formed Clear Corporation, for national distribution of the world’s first signal processing In-The-Canal (ITC) instrument, developed in-house. (1986).
1987-1994 Served as President, CEO, and Owner of Clear Corporation and Clear Hearing Centers, manufacturing and distributing a full line of custom hearing instruments nationally, while providing same-day fittings locally, and 24-hour fittings for 16 locations in East Tennessee. Introduced the first deep-canal fittings, which later developed into current Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) style instruments. Organized and conducted accredited continuing education courses on impression taking and advanced fitting techniques for dispensers and audiologists nationwide.
1994 Formed Tennessee Hearing Instruments, combining manufacturing, in-house assembly and repair advantages, as well as cutting-edge technology and fitting strategies into a single, Regional Hearing Service. Formally partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, combining resources for the Gift-Of-Hearing Mission, as well as foreign missions.
Founded the Knoxville Gift-Of Hearing Mission, which has provided more than $2 Million in hearing instruments for the underprivileged hearing impaired throughout the Appalachian
Participated in Foreign Missions, Including Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, Cali, Columbia, Guadalajara, Mexico, Cajamarca, Peru, where more than 4,000 underprivileged children and adults received hearing correction.