Our Hearing Professionals
Dr. Kurt F. Smith
Dr. Kurt F. Smith was inspired to become an audiologist because of the difficulties he saw his own mother go through with hearing loss. Dr. Smith is a Board Certified Audiologist who has been helping people hear better for over 20 years. Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wichita State University in 1994. He continued on at Wichita State University, earning his Master of Arts degree in 1996. Not long after, Dr. Smith made a decision to continue his education, earning his Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
I saw how hearing loss affected my mom's interaction with employees she managed. I saw how the stress mounted when one employee threatened her because of this unseen disability. Living with a person with hearing loss is difficult. Understanding hearing loss and how to cope with it is what got me interested in this profession. - Dr. Smith
While working on his Thesis in 1995: Gulf War Syndrome and the Auditory Brainstem Response: A Pilot Study, Dr. Smith also held an externship at the VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Smith went on to practice in West Palm Beach, FL from 1996 through 2001, when, due to his wife’s parent’s health issues, returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado to practice audiology. After nine years in private practice in Colorado Springs, Dr. Smith went on to open his own private practice in June of 2010 to better serve patients with hearing loss. Prior to his current career as an audiologist, Dr. Smith served honorably in the United States Air Force. Dr. Smith was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Smith has three sons: Caleb, Ian and Logan. He and Carol have been married for 30 years.
Dr. Smith enjoys collecting sports memorabilia. He especially enjoys collectibles from the old American Football League (1960-1969). He also likes visiting warm places and taking long walks.
Dr. Smith researched and published Gulf War Syndrome and Auditory Brainstem Repsonse: A Pilot Study.
Dr. Kurt F. Smith is a member of the following organizations:
- Colorado Academy of Audiology
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Board of Audiology
Lee Ann Lizzul
Lee Ann Lizzul, M.S., CCC-A Clinical Audiologist Lee Ann Lizzul was raised in Colorado Springs and is the eldest daughter of two retired School District #11 educators. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado State University with a Master of Science degree in Audiology. She earned the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1985 after successfully completing her Master's program, 9-month internship and passing the national certification examination. Lee Ann is a registered audiologist in the state of Colorado, certified by ASHA and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Lee Ann interned and worked at the New York League for the Hard of Hearing - our nation's oldest out-of-hospital non-profit hearing and speech facility for a year and a half before returning to Colorado Springs where she has been the full-time audiologist at the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language, (which later became the Marion Downs Center), Colorado’s oldest non-profit speech and hearing agency, from 1985-2015. Lee Ann has joined Kurt Smith, AuD, Board Certified Audiologist at his private practice, Peak View Audiology & Hearing Care in February 2015 where she can continue to provide her excellent audiology services and patient care.
Lee Ann enjoys the 7 Cs…Colorado, crock-pot cooking, chocolate, crocheting, cinnamon/raisin/pecan rolls, cardio workouts, caramels, crafts, clementines, card games and cookies - oops that’s a lot more than 7. I hope to expand my interests beyond the Cs at some point.
My newest hobby is metal detecting – the TV show “Diggers” got me hooked. So far I have found lots of old rusted railroad ties near my home and random HOI (Hunks Of Iron) and I’m on my way to financial freedom with a total of 47 cents. .
Hearing Device Technician
Patient Care Coordinator
Tiffany Benefield grew up in Sugarland, Texas as the oldest of three brothers and one sister. She graduated from Dulles High School in 2006. After high school, she spent some time in Florida where she attended courses at Melbourne College for general studies. While living in Florida, she welcomed her first daughter, Alexia. She moved to Colorado in 2008 where she had two more daughters, Brooklynn and Makenna.
Tiffany worked for 5 years in a nursing home holding various positions including certified nursing assistant,memory care specialist, and activities assistant director. In 2016, she began seeking her bachelors of business finance with an emphasis on accounting. Whenshe is not at work or school, Tiffany enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, baking and spending time with