Such is the case with George Berlow, a patient who expressed his gratitude in a letter to the staff. "Being hard of hearing is no joke," Berlow wrote. "Being fit with a proper hearing instrument is the key in being a part of the real world."
More than 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss, particularly after the age of 65. Nevertheless, people are sometimes hesitant to seek help when their hearing begins to fail, says Leigh Ann Watts, Doctor of Audiology at Beneficial. "People have all these preconceived notions," Dr. Watts says. "They think a hearing aid makes them look older than they are, when, in reality, it's no different from the changes that take place in their vision. I enjoy working with people and helping them to understand what's happening to their ears and how simple it is to resolve their hearing loss."
Marion County's first Doctor of Audiology, Watts co-owns Beneficial Hearing with her mother, Alene Lightfoot, an Audioprosthologist. And, Watts' father, Robert Lightfoot, is a repair technician there.