Dr. Farnham grew up in Redfield, South Dakota. He attended college at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 at USD, majoring in Communication Disorders with minors in Psychology and Special Education. He attended graduate school at USD, graduating in 1986 with a Master of Arts degree with an Audiology emphasis from the Department of Communications Disorders. Dr. Farnham has been a full time practicing audiologist since 1986, returning to Yankton, South Dakota in 1990 after practicing in Iowa and Idaho. In 2008, he completed additional advanced education and training from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and graduated with a Doctor of Audiology degree. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and member of the South Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association, and the South Dakota Hearing Aid Dispenser’s Association. He is licensed to practice in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Dr. Farnham has a special interest in diagnostics, clinical audiological testing, working with older adults, counseling related to hearing and communication problems, and sharing his unique personal experience with hearing problems. Born at just 2 lb, 12 ½ oz at birth, he experienced hearing loss early in life related to low birth weight and from being 3 months pre-mature. Although this did not directly steer him into Audiology as a career path, it has allowed him some insights into helping others. As a hearing aid wearer himself, his practice style reflects a down home unique approach from both a personal and professional perspective.