I became acquainted with Mr. & Mrs. Ahrens almost 25 years ago having been referred to them by a friend with a hearing loss. This friend had researched many audiologists in the area and told me that Ahrens were the best, and he was right. From them I bought my first hearing aid and it was a great sensation to be able to hear better as I had suffered hearing loss at an early age and it continued to get worse with age. But more than that, I found Mr. & Mrs. Ahrens to be the most kind, thoughtful, and caring people to deal with my problem. They were extremely generous to me; always willing to upgrade my device when they felt needed it. It was a great personal loss to me when they died. I felt I had lost dear friends.
With her parents’ passing, I now deal with their daughter, Cathi Ahrens Berke. She is one lucky person as she inherited not only the business but her parents’ personal touch and their expertise. In addition she is also very knowledgeable in dealing with the new digital aids. This is a real plus for those of us who want to hear well. Just as someone recommended her parents to me, I feel very confident in recommending their daughter to assist anyone who needs hearing aids. Like her parents she will be your friend who is always willing to listen to you and help you.
… Pull out your smartphone! They do just about everything these days, including being able to help you screen your own hearing. If you are not sure if you have a hearing loss a free app on your phone may help prove (or disprove) a potential hearing loss. A hearing screening app can do a basic hearing screening which may help to give you an approximation of your hearing abilities.
We are not fond of the “drawer” hearing aid that is the hearing aid someone gets only to have them sit unused for long periods of time - usually in a drawer. There can be multiple reasons why this happens ranging from simply not wanting to hear everything (some people just like the quiet!) to not getting a proper hearing aid fitting and everything in between.
Your eyes have not deceived you! Hearing aids, while very capable in compensating for diminished hearing, may not be the entire solution required to hear in some situations. Today’s hearing aids have come a long way, but there are simply some situations in which modern hearing aids, even the most advanced, cannot help you hear everything you wish to hear.