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Robert Ahrens first started in the hearing aid business in 1968 – 50 years ago! When we think about it, it is almost hard to believe it has been that long and it is very interesting to see how things have changed, but also how they have stayed the same throughout the years.

Obviously, plenty has changed not only in our world in general but also with hearing aids. Robert Ahrens started out fitting hearing aids built into eyeglasses along with body worn hearing aids. Today, almost every type of hearing aid sits in a small package behind your ear, in your ear, or a combination of both. Almost all hearing technology now has digital processing power far greater than the computers which sent us to the moon. This means they have the power to help us distinguish sounds better, give us multiple settings for varied environments, allow for multiple assistive devices, connect to our phones, etc… It is obvious we have come a long way and the changes are quite apparent but, something we don’t typically think about is what has not changed.

As far as hearing aids are concerned, professional service, after care, and professional know how and ability are simply not things that have been replaced by technology. In this instance, we are not just referring to service or after care as a “nice to have” luxury. These are things that actually make a significant difference in how well you hear with your hearing aids (that you spent a lot of money on), how good they feel when wearing them every day, ability to keep them working and you hearing to the best of your ability at all times, etc…

The importance of service and professional ability has not changed and is no less important today than it was 50 years ago. Some may not need it, or want it – but the fact is that it makes a difference. Small business, independent, skilled professional, etc… are not words thrown around lightly – we know these things matter greatly and will continue to matter 50 years from now as well!

In our next case study, we will be examining the story of Fred (an alias). Fred came to us after a personal recommendation from a family friend after multiple visits to multiple hearing professionals. Fred’s story goes like this:

Fred had been to multiple professionals searching for the best results with hearing aids but ran into some issues which left him in search of something better. His past experiences had shown him that while the professionals he visited had mostly been very kind, caring people there was a lack of:

You may have noticed our recurring theme, “where you go is more important than what you get.” In support of this, we will be posting some case studies reviewing different situations where the services we provide made a big difference for someone who was otherwise not using hearing aids they received somewhere else.

In this case, the patient had good quality hearing aids they were fit with somewhere else but never received the proper benefit from them. After repeated visits to her original provider, she came to us hoping that we would be able to help her hear better with those same hearing aids. Below outlines the problems she came to us with and how we were able to help get her hearing well consistently with those same devices. The names used in the story are fake, for everyone’s privacy of course!

The business of fitting hearing aids is one that is not without competition, especially in a densely populated area such as northern New Jersey. All business’ have competition to a certain extent however we believe a business which thrives by providing a highly specialized service (not just a commoditized product) falls into a different realm. Successfully combining professional ability, honesty, candor, ability to listen and understand your customers, and empathy - is not something done equally well among all working people.

This is in fact why some business’ providing professional services do a better job than others. When It comes to fitting hearing aids, which is a process whose

Properly fit, quality hearing aids can be expensive. It is important to realize that the price for "hearing aids" encompasses much more than just the devices themselves (considering they are being purchased through a hearing healthcare professional).  To properly answer this question, consider the following:

-       Quality, high performing hearing devices cost the manufacturers of these devices considerable resources to research and develop, produce (on a relatively small scale compared to cell phones or computers), and support (all devices come with a warranty).  Hearing aids are used in a pretty rough environment exposed to ear wax, sweat, dust, hairspray, etc…so that warranty is important.

Untreated hearing loss (not wearing a hearing aid) can lead to social, psychological and physical issues. While the effects of hearing loss are different for each individual, most hearing-impaired people suffer some consequences until they seek treatment.

Ahrens Hearing Aid Center in Fair Lawn, NJ, can assist you on your path to healthy hearing. Call 201-794-0120 today to schedule an appointment.

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:

Social consequences, including:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Problems communicating with your spouse, relatives and friends
  • Problems communicating at work
  • Reduced social activity
  • Isolation and withdrawal

Psychological consequences, including:

  • Sadness and depression
  • Feelings of embarrassment, guilt, shame and anger
  • Low self-esteem and self-criticism
  • Increased anxiety

Physical consequences, including:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Stress
  • Sexual problems
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Sleeping and eating problems

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) linked untreated hearing loss to serious mental health challenges, especially in seniors. In a survey of those with untreated hearing issues, the NCOA found that two-thirds of the respondents age 55 and over didn’t believe they needed a hearing aid. About half of the non-users cited the cost of hearing aids. And, one in five expressed embarrassment, and said that hearing aids would make them feel old.

However, hearing loss isn’t just an ailment of aging – it affects all ages, even those in early childhood. For young sufferers, even a mild case of hearing loss can cause difficulty learning, delayed speech and difficultly building interpersonal skills. Children with untreated hearing loss might have difficulty in school and developing healthy self-esteem.

At Ahrens Hearing Center, our caring staff provides full-care hearing loss support. We perform thorough audiometric evaluations to gauge your hearing abilities and limitations. If you need hearing aids, we provide hearing device sales, fittings and other services necessary for your individualized treatment plan.

We proudly provide hearing healthcare services for patients in the Fair Lawn, Hackensack and Paramus communities. Call 201-794-0120 or contact us online to schedule your hearing evaluation today.

Robert Ahrens first started in the hearing aid business in 1968 – 50 years ago! When we think about it, it is almost hard to believe it has been that long and it is very interesting to see how things have changed, but also how they have stayed the same throughout the years.

Obviously, plenty has changed not only in our world in general but also with hearing aids. Robert Ahrens started out fitting hearing aids built into eyeglasses along with body worn hearing aids. Today, almost every type of hearing aid sits in a small package behind your ear, in your ear, or a combination of both. Almost all hearing technology now has digital processing power far greater than the computers which sent us to the moon. This means they have the power to help us distinguish sounds better, give us multiple settings for varied environments, allow for multiple assistive devices, connect to our phones, etc… It is obvious we have come a long way and the changes are quite apparent but, something we don’t typically think about is what has not changed.

As far as hearing aids are concerned, professional service, after care, and professional know how and ability are simply not things that have been replaced by technology. In this instance, we are not just referring to service or after care as a “nice to have” luxury. These are things that actually make a significant difference in how well you hear with your hearing aids (that you spent a lot of money on), how good they feel when wearing them every day, ability to keep them working and you hearing to the best of your ability at all times, etc…

The importance of service and professional ability has not changed and is no less important today than it was 50 years ago. Some may not need it, or want it – but the fact is that it makes a difference. Small business, independent, skilled professional, etc… are not words thrown around lightly – we know these things matter greatly and will continue to matter 50 years from now as well!

In our next case study, we will be examining the story of Fred (an alias). Fred came to us after a personal recommendation from a family friend after multiple visits to multiple hearing professionals. Fred’s story goes like this:

Fred had been to multiple professionals searching for the best results with hearing aids but ran into some issues which left him in search of something better. His past experiences had shown him that while the professionals he visited had mostly been very kind, caring people there was a lack of:

You may have noticed our recurring theme, “where you go is more important than what you get.” In support of this, we will be posting some case studies reviewing different situations where the services we provide made a big difference for someone who was otherwise not using hearing aids they received somewhere else.

In this case, the patient had good quality hearing aids they were fit with somewhere else but never received the proper benefit from them. After repeated visits to her original provider, she came to us hoping that we would be able to help her hear better with those same hearing aids. Below outlines the problems she came to us with and how we were able to help get her hearing well consistently with those same devices. The names used in the story are fake, for everyone’s privacy of course!

The business of fitting hearing aids is one that is not without competition, especially in a densely populated area such as northern New Jersey. All business’ have competition to a certain extent however we believe a business which thrives by providing a highly specialized service (not just a commoditized product) falls into a different realm. Successfully combining professional ability, honesty, candor, ability to listen and understand your customers, and empathy - is not something done equally well among all working people.

This is in fact why some business’ providing professional services do a better job than others. When It comes to fitting hearing aids, which is a process whose

Properly fit, quality hearing aids can be expensive. It is important to realize that the price for "hearing aids" encompasses much more than just the devices themselves (considering they are being purchased through a hearing healthcare professional).  To properly answer this question, consider the following:

-       Quality, high performing hearing devices cost the manufacturers of these devices considerable resources to research and develop, produce (on a relatively small scale compared to cell phones or computers), and support (all devices come with a warranty).  Hearing aids are used in a pretty rough environment exposed to ear wax, sweat, dust, hairspray, etc…so that warranty is important.

Untreated hearing loss (not wearing a hearing aid) can lead to social, psychological and physical issues. While the effects of hearing loss are different for each individual, most hearing-impaired people suffer some consequences until they seek treatment.

Ahrens Hearing Aid Center in Fair Lawn, NJ, can assist you on your path to healthy hearing. Call 201-794-0120 today to schedule an appointment.

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:

Social consequences, including:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Problems communicating with your spouse, relatives and friends
  • Problems communicating at work
  • Reduced social activity
  • Isolation and withdrawal

Psychological consequences, including:

  • Sadness and depression
  • Feelings of embarrassment, guilt, shame and anger
  • Low self-esteem and self-criticism
  • Increased anxiety

Physical consequences, including:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Stress
  • Sexual problems
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Sleeping and eating problems

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) linked untreated hearing loss to serious mental health challenges, especially in seniors. In a survey of those with untreated hearing issues, the NCOA found that two-thirds of the respondents age 55 and over didn’t believe they needed a hearing aid. About half of the non-users cited the cost of hearing aids. And, one in five expressed embarrassment, and said that hearing aids would make them feel old.

However, hearing loss isn’t just an ailment of aging – it affects all ages, even those in early childhood. For young sufferers, even a mild case of hearing loss can cause difficulty learning, delayed speech and difficultly building interpersonal skills. Children with untreated hearing loss might have difficulty in school and developing healthy self-esteem.

At Ahrens Hearing Center, our caring staff provides full-care hearing loss support. We perform thorough audiometric evaluations to gauge your hearing abilities and limitations. If you need hearing aids, we provide hearing device sales, fittings and other services necessary for your individualized treatment plan.

We proudly provide hearing healthcare services for patients in the Fair Lawn, Hackensack and Paramus communities. Call 201-794-0120 or contact us online to schedule your hearing evaluation today.

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