Kara Balken

Audiologist

Audiologist

I am Dr. Kara Balken and I joined the SoundGate team in June of 2019 after graduating from the University of South Dakota with my doctorate in audiology. I am originally from SW Minnesota (Montevideo, MN), where my parents still live. Growing up in a small town made me appreciate smaller communities and the people who live there, so I especially enjoy working out in our Buffalo and Monticello locations. I was excited to find a small private practice with the same patient-centered care objectives that I was interested in and really enjoy being part of the SoundGate Hearing team. I have a passion for helping people understand their hearing loss and the real-life impact it has on communication. At SoundGate, we offer a full line of manufacturers, so patients can find the right hearing aid for them. I enjoy working with technology and enjoy the ever-changing world of hearing aids as new hearing solutions are developed every year. In my free-time, I enjoy testing out new restaurants in the twin-cities area, relaxing at home, finding new ways to be active outdoors, and traveling. In the summer I spend virtually every weekend at my family lake-home and cannot wait to get back each year.