History of Northland Hearing Services, Inc.
In early 1991, James Taylor began a hearing aid retail store called Ears to Hear in Fairbanks,
Alaska. Content to work part-time, the business continued for a number of years without
growing. In 1997, Mr. Taylor changed the business name and business license to Northland
Hearing Services. In 2000, Mr. Taylor decided to move out of Alaska to the Lower 48, and so
sought a successor to purchase his small practice.
In June, 2001, Maria Clark purchased Northland Hearing Services. Shortly after re-opening,
Maria’s entrepreneurial spirit lead her to double the floor space of the office from 750 square
feet to 1,400 square feet. Training and mentorship from some of the leading audiologists of the
Northwest gave rise to early success. Good customer service and new advertising quickly lead
to a much more successful business. Growth brought more demand, so Maria started having
her younger 3 sons help out at the office with filing, phone answering and scheduling
appointments. Within a year, Maria had doubled the size of the hearing aid clinic and was
invited to join a new hearing aid providers’ group called Starkey Hearing Alliance. By mid-2002,
Maria realized that Northland Hearing needed a place to call its own, a location that would offer
In 2003, Northland Hearing moved down College Road to the River Mall, a strip mall of
individual business condominiums. In this more accessible location, Northland Hearing grew
more and more each year. 2006 brought a leap forward in hearing aid technology with the
advent of nano-engineered computer chips which allowed much more sophisticated software
calculating sound algorithms at previously unprecedented speeds. That year Northland Hearing
once again doubled in patient base. In 2007, Maria Clark purchased the adjacent business
condo and doubled the floor space to 1,900 square feet.
In 2008, Northland Hearing Services was able to add the “Inc.” to its name as it incorporated in
May of that year. In 2009, Northland Hearing underwent major renovations and state of the art
equipment arrays. Then in 2013, Maria Clark acquired a third business condo and began
remodeling that unit for further expansion. At the end of 2014, Northland Hearing expanded into
this third unit, giving room for growth in the future with over 3,000 square feet of front office,
lobby, licensed kitchen, back office, exam rooms, counseling rooms and multiple bathrooms.
In 2016, Northland Hearing Services expanded, opening a 4,800 sq. ft. facility in the Midtown
district of Anchorage, Alaska. Hiring new staff and serving a new area, Northland Hearing is
looking at a bright future in Alaska.
Through this time of growth and success, Northland Hearing has done well because of two
philosophical pillars: 1. A sincere belief in the great worth of each individual. 2. No matter how
nice, impertinent, melancholy (or even angry) a patient seems, when they are in front of you
they are asking “can you help me?”. Our answer is always “Yes, I can help you”. We can help
by providing better hearing to improve quality of life; because to hear better is to live better.
Maria Clark continues to be majority shareholder, holding the office of Secretary/Treasurer in
the corporation. Isaac Clark is a minority shareholder and Vice-President. Philip Clark is a
minority shareholder and President. Lastly, Josiah Clark is the final minority shareholder and is