Eric Stratton: Auditory Restoration
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
VACAVILLE — With a background in both communications and electronics, it’s no surprise that Eric Stratton found a career in audiology to be a perfect fit. “At the time I became interested in audiology, I was working on life safety systems in San Francisco—hauling around a ladder and a tool belt, climbing up high rises, and servicing elevators and fire alarm systems,” he remembers. “I found audiology very appealing because it involved electronics and improved the lives of others. Plus, hearing aids were a lot less heavy to lift than the materials I was working with!”
Today, as owner of Advanced Instruments Hearing Aid Center, Eric says his favorite part of his job is impacting people’s lives by restoring their hearing. “Hearing loss can be quite debilitating, which makes the change that much more significant when it gets corrected. When a family has become used to someone being the ‘weak link’ in the chain of communication, they’re amazed at the transformation that occurs when that person can suddenly hear what they’re saying. It truly reanimates them and enables them to go from being mere spectators to participants in the family’s social life, and that’s something I find really rewarding.”
Originally from Southern California, Eric attended college in San Francisco and later settled in Vacaville, where he now lives with his wife, Mariette, and their son, Tyler. He expresses an appreciation for the altruistic attitude that characterizes Solano County. “I read that Solano County has one of the highest percentages per capita of people who give to charities, whether churches or nonprofit organizations. I like the fact that I get to live in such a giving community.”
Outside of work, Eric spends much of his time outdoors, whether hiking or just relaxing in his own backyard. “I enjoy the world of plants and animals, which is why I like hiking through remote areas like the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness,” he says. “I’m also interested in horticulture, and since I live in the country, I have the opportunity to pursue that in my spare time. In addition to gardening, I recently purchased a couple of beehives in hopes of encouraging the dwindling bee population.”
In his life and career, Eric applies a maxim coined by Abraham Lincoln: ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.’ “I want to be the best at what I do, which is why I’m constantly looking for ways to improve,” he explains. “The Diamond Certified rating is a good example of that. I know of other businesses in town that are Diamond Certified, and they’re all top-notch companies run by wonderful people, so I’m proud to be part of that circle.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Eric says he’d devote more effort toward his horticultural pursuits. “I’d probably spend more time gardening and cultivating my yard. When you have a few acres of plants and trees that need tending, it’s a lot of work, so that would definitely keep me busy.”
Q: Ever read a book more than once?
A: “Galaxies like Grains of Sand” by Brian Aldiss, which I read several times when I was a boy.
Q: Do you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person?
A: Both—I like dogs and cats alike.
Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: Learning how to walk. I remember it feeling like a big win when I didn’t fall—I just kept on stumbling forward until I got where I wanted to go.
Q: What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Fresh Bing cherries.