Dr. Clifford R. Olson

Dr. Clifford R. Olson


Dr. Olson is a Board-Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Olson is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He is also the creator of the Dr. Cliff AuD YouTube channel where he posts educational and entertaining videos about hearing loss and treatment options. Dr. Olson's desire to help create better informed consumers led to the creation of the Dr. Cliff AuD Approved Provider Network. This Network was designed to help individuals with hearing loss find excellent hearing healthcare professionals who follow Best Practices no matter where they live. Dr. Olson is also an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Speech & Hearing Science at his alma mater.

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Dr. Clifford R. Olson

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 serve 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.

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 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.

In 2017, Dr. Cliff 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 has become one of the most sought out audiologists in the Phoenix area and is widely regarded as one of the most well know Audiologists in the world thanks to the hundreds of consumer-focused educational videos that he has produced.

When Dr. Cliff 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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