About Us

Zounds was founded by Sam Thomasson, an Engineer and entrepreneur who has spent his career developing new technologies in the medical device and consumer electronics industries. Sam is also the father of a hearing-impaired daughter and has witnessed the problems associated with today’s hearing aids. Sam promised his daughter that he would develop a hearing aid to address the key problems common with other high-end hearing aids. Zounds’ breakthrough technology is the fulfillment of a father’s promise to his daughter and the solution for dissatisfied hearing aid users around the world.Zounds utilizes a combination of internally developed and exclusively licensed technology from Acoustic Technologies, Inc., where Sam Thomasson is the founder and former CEO. At Acoustic Technologies, Sam created high-performance semiconductor chips and related software with low power usage algorithms that dramatically improved voice and sound quality in cell phones, video phones, desktop phones, conference call phones and automotive communication systems. For Sam, it was a logical extension to leverage this superior technology at Zounds.Zounds’ goal is to offer a portfolio of hearing aids and wireless devices that provide the world’s best performing technology at an affordable price to anyone with a mild, moderate, or moderate/severe hearing loss.

Our long term customers often ask about Kate, and want to know how she is doing. The little girl who inspired the Zounds revolution is now a senior in college, studying electrical engineering. Inspired by her father, she wants to follow in his footsteps by helping others through technology. During school breaks, Kate works with the Zounds team on new technologies that she will someday benefit from herself.

Family picture 2012Mark Allison is the franchise owner of Zounds in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He is an entrepreneur and has lived and worked in the Minnetonka/Plymouth area for more than 20 years. “I cannot be more impressed by Sam’s commitment to the hearing impaired spurred by his love for his daughter.  His breakthrough technology not only changed her life, but is now available to everyone. I am proud to be a part of this remarkable company, and to have the opportunity to help adults in my community who suffer from hearing loss.” In addition to operating the Zounds franchise in Minnetonka, Mark is active with the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center at the University of Minnesota, serving as Board Chair. Mark is the oldest son of Bob Allison, a former Minnesota Twins baseball player who passed away from Ataxia, and is active in raising funds in search of finding the cause and cure for this and related progressive neurodegenerative disease. Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He currently resides in Plymouth, MN. with his wife, Deb, and their two children, R.J. and Berit.

K DeeKevin Dee ABDT Kevin received his degree in Bio-Medical Equipment Technology in 1975 and started with Computer Hearing Company the same year. Kevin is a Minnesota licensed hearing specialist. Kevin recently chose to join the Zounds Hearing team due to their emphasis on patient care and the high quality of their innovative products. Kevin specializes in hearing rehabilitation and expert fitting of all hearing instruments.

At Zounds there is nothing more important than your hearing health.  Our focus is entirely on you.  We are available to answer any questions you have about your hearing and hearing aids, so just stop in.  Remember hearing exams are absolutely FREE and can be scheduled with just one phone call to 952 378-1884.