I worked for Catholic Family Services in Paterson for 31 years and transported many senior clients to Ahrens Hearing Aid Center when it was owned by Mr. Ahrens. I was always impressed with his patience and how very good he was with his patients. Later on, when I needed help, I naturally went to him and purchased my first hearing aid. My brother and sister also bought their hearing aids from Ahrens. The devices were easy to use and he was always willing to answer any questions and help any way.
When he passed away, his wife took over the business and she was equally as good with the clients. Her daughter, Cathi Berke and grandson, Daniel have followed the family “tradition” of servicing their customer with expertise and great customer service. I have been going to them for many years, they always work diligently to find me the device that is best suited for me and I am always pleased with the level of their customer service. They take time with all their customers and do whatever is necessary to help that customer hear properly.
… 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.