Our Staff

Jaimie Kaster, Business Owner, HIS

Business Owner, Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jaimie Kaster, HIS and Owner, is a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist and Manager of Hearing Advantage. Her desire to help people began 18 years ago while practicing in the fields of nursing and social work. Over the last 6 years, her passion towards helping others has been specialized specifically with the hearing impaired. Diagnosed with a hearing loss at the age of 3, Jaimie is able to offer true empathy with her clients during their journey to better hearing. Her philosophy is, “Experience is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.” Jaimie enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 children, traveling, fishing, and attending theatrical productions. She is a member of the local Chambers of Commerce, Wisconsin Alliance of Hearing Professionals, and International Hearing Society. The Hearing Advantage Team would describe Jaimie as empathetic, supportive, and extremely inspiring.

Jesse C. Kaster, Business Owner, BC-HIS

Business Owner, Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jesse Kaster, BC-HIS, is the proud owner of Hearing Advantage. He knows how important it is to protect and enhance the ability to hear. Jesse is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Nationally Board Certified and Licensed as a Hearing Instrument Specialist. He has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, and in the hearing healthcare for over 20 years. He currently serves the Northwoods with offices in Rhinelander, Eagle River, Phillips, Minocqua, Antigo and Schofield. Jesse is a member of the area Chambers of Commerce, the International Hearing Society and the Wisconsin Alliance of Hearing Professionals. He cares about his community and supports local businesses, as well as educates the public through hearing health seminars, one-on-one private consultations and volunteering at local healthcare events. Jesse is a long-term resident of Rhinelander and enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, fishing, camping, and biking. 

Lynn Haanstad, NBC-HIS

Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

Lynn Haanstad is a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist who has been working in the hearing healthcare industry for over 38 years. She prides herself on being an expert programmer who goes above and beyond to solve her clients’ concerns. Lynn is passionate about helping people and improving their lives with better hearing. Her and her husband, Rick, love the Wausau area and are active in the community. Lynn loves spending time with her grandkids, growing beautiful flowers around her home and listening to music – especially that of her husband’s band, Kentucky Blend. Lynn’s coworkers would describe her as: invaluable to the hearing healthcare community, hardworking, knowledgeable, and caring.

Tony Gamboa Jr., HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Tony Gamboa Jr. is a Hearing Instrument Specialist. He trained as an HIS under Jesse Kaster and graduated with honors from NTC in the realm of business management and operations. Tony has had a speech impediment his whole life. He has trouble with mispronouncing words, not letting words flow smoothly, and difficulty comprehending what is said without repetition. Treating the hard of hearing gives him a whole new insight on what it’s like to have disability, how to cope, and to take small steps at a time. He has learned that it’s okay to have this obstacle in your life because there will always be a helping community that understands what it’s like. Tony is passionate about providing quality care to clients with hearing needs. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, and furthering his education. He is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and is a member of Wisconsin’s Alliance of Hearing Professionals, International Hearing Society, and previous to Beta Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (the most prestigious honor society for technical colleges).  Tony’s coworkers say: “He is constantly thinking of new and unique ways to do things and is always striving to make the patient experience better. You can see just how much he cares about his patients and is always ready to tackle anything!”

Tia Fredrick

Patient Care Coordinator

Tia Fredrick is the Patient Care Coordinator in our Rhinelander office. Tia came to Hearing Advantage with a strong passion to help improve the lives of others. Tia says: “I pride myself in managing our schedule and making sure that the needs of our clients are heard and met. I enjoy spending each day here with some of the most kind-hearted and dedicated people I have ever met, as well as helping our patients hear, regain their confidence, and enhance their quality of life.” Tia loves to spend time with friends and family and her pet rabbits. She is left-handed, 4’10’’ tall, and has 3 siblings. She brings joy to our offices and our patients with her bright smile and big heart.

Kayla Kossack

Patient Care Coordinator

Kayla Kossack is the Patient Care Coordinator in our Minocqua office. Kayla started working with Hearing Advantage because she saw the incredible life changing work that we do here and wanted to be a part of supporting that. She is a very caring and honest person and is constantly putting the best interest of the patient first. She is always willing to help out and is an incredible problem solver. Kayla loves being able to help people hear better and seeing the look on their faces when they realize they can hear again. She loves to paint and go on rides and her favorite color is olive green.

Patient Reviews

Read a Few of Our Google Reviews

4.5 out of 5 Stars based on 42 Reviews on Google.

Read what some of our patients have to say about our staff and our office!

The gentleman at Hearing Advantage Antigo was so patient and informative. He took the time to clean my hearing aids after I thought they did not work any more so proceeded to clean saying this could help when he was done like brand new unbelievable I could hear stuff i...

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Mr. Woody, on Google

Prompt, courteous and friendly service!

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pam morton, on Google

Very helpful and caring

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dave parsons, on Google

I had a great experience. Tony and the young lady working administration were exceptional. Thanks!

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James Scofield, on Google

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Richard Ferguson, on Google

We just came to get a hearing test done. We appreciated the time spent with us and all the good information. Jesse was very informative and was not a pushy salesman. My hearing is not too bad yet and because of other health issues we need to put off purchasing...

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Robert Braband, on Google

Lynn is extremely good and fun to work with. She is very attentive and answers all my questions and quite knowledgeable in her specialty. She's also a great conversationalist, as well.

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Sandi Larson, on Google

On time. Took time to review my hearing aides. Professional services.

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sue morris, on Google

Very professional. Ery friendly

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Darrell Bahr, on Google

Tony did great. Seems to know the business well and looks out for the client.

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Thomas Thompson, on Google

Lynn is an absolute Godsent. Worth traveling the hour to see

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Jill Livernash, on Google

Awesome, thanks 😊

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Laurie St.Peter, on Google

Friendly service. I feel I am in good care, and my hearing aids are always kept in top performance

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Dick Rowe, on Google

Lynn has been always been good to us (Rod &I) We can always get in to see her when we have an emergency situation.

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barb roeder, on Google

You di a wonderful job ! Very helpful , thank you !

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Mary West, on Google

Andy did a great job today .. he helped us with a few issues we had and said we were doing well with our hearing aides.

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Donna Mauck, on Google

Superb service. Lynn reviewed a hearing protection product I purchased. Also restored Thrive app functions on my hearing aids previously cancelled by audiologist.

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Ron Lenz, on Google

Very nice. Very informative and professional. Showed me what I was missing in hearing.

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Robin Dunnavan, on Google

I had a problem with my hearing aids, the fellow who I was with was very considerate and knowledgeable about my needs and fixed my problems in no time!

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Rudi Ziegler, on Google

Was a satisfying and helpful appt as always.

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Leiloni Koszarek, on Google

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Jackie Calkins, on Google

It changed my life I'm able to hear things I had forgotten

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Allen Engstrom, on Google

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Brittany Briggs, on Google

Hearing Advantage is definitely the place to go in Rhinelander WI. The staff are all very friendly and they are very throall which I really appreciated and they made accommodations for me because I work until 4 and they close at 4:30. I would highly recommend Hearing Advantage to anyone...

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Charity Boucher, on Google