Business Close-up: Hearing Advantage helps those with hearing loss
Losing your hearing is more than just an inconvenience. It can ruin relationships, affect employment opportunities and even be life threatening in some circumstances.
The friendly and caring folks at Hearing Advantage in Rhinelander realize this, and do everything they can to improve or correct hearing loss problems and get their clients back to living life to the fullest. Jesse Kaster owns this business while Jaimie Kossack, a hearing specialist, is the manager.
“We treat everyone who walks through our door as though they were our family,” said Jaimie. “Hearing loss is a very personal journey—one size does not fit all.”
Hearing Advantage clientele can expect a wide range of services. Of course, thorough and comprehensive hearing testing is done to determine the level of a person’s hearing loss. There are also many options to choose from as far as hearing aids go and price ranges.
“We have models that we can program to very precise degrees,” said Jaime. “And we can accommodate almost any budget.”
Technology has truly advanced options for those looking to improve their hearing. There are rechargeable hearing aids for people with dexterity issues, tinnitus hearing aids that diminish the ringing in your ears, and even 100 percent waterproof aids that you can swim and shower with. The Surflink Mobile allows users to hear sound directly through the hearing aid. It allows a person to hear their pastor, television, computer, Mp3 player, and even their cell phone right through the hearing aid.
Another service available is repair and adjusting of all hearing aid models, whether they are purchased at Hearing Advantage or not. Public hearing screenings are also offered as well as educational seminars, discounted employer rates and various financing options.
“We are very focused on the hearing health of our clients,” said Jaimie. “We are more than just a hearing aid store. The first thing we look for is anything medically going on. Second we make sure there are no blockages of the ear canal. If everything looks okay, it is then that we test your hearing and decide if surgery or a hearing device would be appropriate. People can always come in just to talk or even look at the hearing aids if they are thinking about getting one. I will greet you with a smile and make sure the coffee is going.”
Also available at Hearing Advantage are WI TEPP phones for the hearing impaired which are free for those who have suffered a hearing loss.
Another tribute to this company’s success is their expansion into different communities over the years. In addition to their store in Rhinelander there are also Hearing Advantages in Eagle River, Arbor Vitae, Phillips and Schofield.
Jesse and Jaimie believe in being part of the community and they participate in the chamber of commerce’s in the cities they have expanded to, in addition to being part of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Proceeds from the sales of hearing aids go toward this organization that helps fit hearing aids to needy children across the globe.
“Hearing health care is one-on-one, face to face, your knowledge, our technology, working together to change one life at a time” said Jaimie.
Hearing Advantage is located at 181 S. Anderson St. in downtown Rhinelander. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and evening and Saturday appointments are available by appointment. The website address is www.hearingadvantagellc.com. There is also a Facebook page, and Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. The phone number is 888-897-3711 or 715-362-3711.