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Who We Are

Oregon Hearing Centers has been helping the people of Redmond and Salem, Oregon, hear better for over 15 years. We see adult patients of all ages and are dedicated to helping them experience an improved quality of life through good hearing health. Our owner, Jim Markham, saw a need for compassionate, patient-centered hearing healthcare and opened Oregon Hearing Centers so he could help those with hearing loss. Jim is extremely involved in the Redmond and Salem communities. He officiates high school football. His commitment to the community and to better hearing health are unmatched.

Your Hearing Specialist in Redmond and Salem, OR

Jim Markham National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jim Markham

National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jim Markham was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 younger sisters who still live there, and both parents have passed away. When he was younger, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and a diesel mechanic. He met his wife in upstate New York. Jim was visiting some friends at a camp and Ruth was with a girlfriend who had kids at the camp. Ruth is the daughter of missionary parents and was born in the Philippines. At the age of 5, she moved to California and then up to Oregon. And 28 years ago, Jim and Ruth moved to Oregon, arriving on Mother’s Day to get married and raise a family.

In the fall of 1991, Jim was working as a shop Foreman and a diesel mechanic for TruGreen when the company reduced his hours to 10 hours a week, so he could keep his benefits. That’s when he decided to look at a different career path. He had an uncle that struggled with his hearing and his father-in-law suggested he look at the hearing aid industry, so he did and after extensive research he decided to get his education and got licensed.

Jim became nationally certified in hearing instrument sciences in 1997. He worked for several companies and saw that the patients were not the priority, sales were. He decided 15 years ago to go into business for himself. He loves to help people with their hearing because he feels like he gives people their lives back. He also learned that if you take care of the patient and always do the right thing that the money will always be there.

Some things Jim has done in the past that you may not know is that he has worked on alcohol dragsters and funny cars. He also officiates high school football and previously coached girls’ basketball for 20 years.

Jim and his wife Ruth do a lot of volunteer work in the community. They also do a lot of work with their Church community. Jim and Ruth love the outdoors: they go kayaking, hiking, and snowmobiling. They also have 2 boys who are currently serving in the United States Air Force.

How We Give Back to Our Community

Jim Markham is committed to giving back to the Redmond and Salem communities. Jim visits living facilities and senior centers every month to provide free hearing screenings. Our goal is to provide affordable and accessible hearing healthcare to everyone.
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