What is the risk in doing nothing about hearing loss?

June 23, 2017




Andrew Lekashman, business expansion manager at ASI Audiology (ASI) that provides hearing healthcare to those with hearing loss in Iowa and now some locations in Kansas & Missouri joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing Health, Health Care and News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Andrew Lekashman discuss the following:

  • How do I get hearing loss?
  • What treatment options are available for hearing loss?
  • What is tinnitus and how is it treated?
  • How are dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease connected to hearing loss?
  • What is the risk in doing nothing about hearing loss?


Andrew Lekashman is a Hearing Instrument Specialist based out of Red Oak, Iowa. He works with ClearValue Hearing, ASI Audiology, and Libel Hearing Aid Centers to educate people about hearing loss around the United States.




Website: www.asiaudiology.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASIAudiology
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cvhearing

Don’t Just “Let it Go” - What Can Happen if You Don’t Treat Your Hearing Loss

November 12, 2015

Susanne Jones, Hearing Instrument Specialist and Customer Support Specialist at HealthyHearing.com, a website that provides information to consumers about hearing loss and hearing aids joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing & Mental Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Susanne Jones discuss the following:

  • Too many people who have trouble hearing don't do anything about it. How does untreated hearing loss impact people emotionally?
  • How does it affect mental acuity?
  • What are the implications for mental health?
  • Are there physical health consequences, too?
  • What does untreated hearing loss do to people's social lives?

Duration: 10:53

Susanne Jones is the Hearing Instrument Specialist and Customer Support Specialist for Healthy Hearing. She provides education and support to people with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

She holds a BA in Communication from Bradley University and has years of clinical experience testing hearing and programming hearing aids as a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. She also has hearing loss herself and is a long-time hearing aid wearer.

Susanne resides near Roscoe, IL with her husband and two children. Outside of the office, she enjoys sports, mid-century modern architecture and design, cooking and visiting wineries.

Website: www.healthyhearing.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthyhearing
Twitter: @hearingaids

Audicus, saving people millions of dollars on hearing aids

January 20, 2015

Patrick Freuler, CEO of Audicus started Audicus two years ago and has since saved people over $10 million on hearing aids. Patrick joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing Health and Health News Channels to tell us more about the hearing aid industry and why hearing aids are really so expensive.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Patrick Freuler discuss the following:

  • Is hearing loss very common?

Hearing loss affects 48 million Americans. You most likely know someone close to you with hearing loss. With increased exposure to noise in the everyday environment, including the widespread use of ear buds to listen to music, people are developing hearing loss at younger ages. The big deal is that out of these 48 million people, only 25 percent actually have hearing aids. This is due to price and stigma. In our society, it’s acceptable to get glasses for poor eyesight, but much less acceptable to get hearing aids for hearing loss. When people finally admit they need hearing aids, they find out a pair at the audiology clinic costs $7,000, which most people simply cannot afford.

  • Why are hearing aids so expensive?

This is one of the most common questions amongst our customers. Hearing aids are traditionally sold at an audiology clinic for $7,000 per pair and aren't covered by insurance. However, the cost to produce a pair of hearing aids is closer to $150! The reason for this price discrepancy is markups, which help audiologists cover their high overhead costs.

The hearing aid industry has not been disrupted until now, so hearing aid prices have continued to rise for decades, while prices of other electronic devices have lowered.

  • Tell me about Audicus. Can people really buy hearing aids online? 

100% yes, and we have many existing customers all over the United States and the world to vouch for it. It’s the same as purchasing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses online, which has become widely accepted in recent years, since it’s more affordable. People email, upload or fax us their hearing test and we are able to recommend to them the best device. Our in-house audiologists customize the hearing aids, and we ship them to customers for a 45-day trial period. If they’re not happy they can return for a full refund.

But few people return. We have award-winning products that are among the best in the industry and an incredible support team. As a result our return rates are half of what a typical audiologist would see in the clinic.

In order to buy hearing aids online, my best recommendation is to visit Audicus.com and/or give us a call. Our customer support team is there to help explain to people the different features of hearing aids and what they can do to improve their hearing. I also recommend visiting an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor or audiology clinic to get a test done, so you can submit the test to us for a recommendation.

  • People don't realize that they are losing their hearing. What are the signs/symptoms of hearing loss?

Most people will come up with every excuse possible to avoid the fact that they have hearing loss. Often times they will blame it on someone else mumbling or having “selective hearing” but there are some common signs of hearing loss such as:

  1. Constantly asking your friends and family to repeat things said in a casual conversational setting.
  2. Having to turn up the television set to a volume that creates discomfort for others.
  3. Missing entire portions of conversation at the dinner table without realizing it.
  4. Not being able to understand women’s or children’s voices (higher frequencies).
  5. Not being able to distinguish conversation from background noise at restaurants or in loud spaces.

  • Most hearing loss is age-related. What can be done to remedy the loss?

Yes and no. Most often, hearing loss is a result of aging, but younger people can also have hearing loss, whether it’s genetic or due to prolonged exposure to loud sound.

Prevention is the best medicine. Being aware of the sounds around you will help prevent hearing loss in your future. The truth is, today’s world is getting louder and louder. Any sound that is above 85 decibels can cause damage to your hearing over time. To put this in perspective, a standard pair of headphones can produce up to 110 decibels of sound! One easy way to prevent hearing loss in your future is to monitor the volume at which you listen to your music when using headphones.

Tip: If you know that you have hearing loss, or even if you think you might, do not let it go untreated. Not only does this make conversations more difficult to have, it isolates you from your family and friends. Get your hearing tested by an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor or at an audiology clinic and then contact Audicus. Our goal at Audicus is to help everyone hear and enjoy their lives.

Duration: 9:47

Patrick Freuler is the founder/CEO of Audicus, a tech startup that offers hi-tech, affordable hearing aids online to the 48 million Americans with hearing loss.

Prior to Audicus, Patrick spent several years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and as a healthcare investor at Bain Capital. He has two aerospace engineering degrees from MIT.

Audicus is addressing the rising issue of hearing loss (the third most common chronic health condition among the aging population) by offering hearing aids at prices 70 percent lower than the traditional clinic. Because Audicus is a website, it is able to eliminate overhead costs associated with the clinic and the intermediaries typically involved in the sale of hearing aids. Since June 2012, Audicus has saved people more than $10 million.

Website: www.Audicus.com

Learn about hearing loss with HealthyHearing.com

May 23, 2013


Dr. Paul Dybala, who has been a licensed audiologist for over 15 years and is currently President of HealthyHearing.com joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing Health Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Paul Dybala discuss the following:

  • What is a healthy hearing lifestyle and why is it important?
  • Do we really need to have persons tested for hearing loss? Can’t I easily tell if I have a hearing loss and therefore know when to seek help?
  • If I am ready to get my hearing checked then how do I go about that?
  • If I have a hearing loss, doesn’t that mean hearing aids?  Who wants to wear those?
  • You mentioned there are two parts to a Healthy Hearing Lifestyle.  What is the second part?


Paul Dybala, PhD, was one of the internet pioneers for the profession of audiology, setting up and running some of the seminal websites for audiologists and persons with hearing loss.

He earned his PhD in audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas - Callier Center, and worked there as a clinical audiologist fitting children and adults with hearing aids. Dr. Dybala then went on to work for AudiologyOnline and served as President and Editor-In-Chief, providing continuing education and a host of other online solutions for hearing care professionals.

His current position with HealthyHearing.com has him focused on educating consumers about hearing loss and hearing aids and encouraging them to take action and seek help from a hearing professional.


Links: www.healthyhearing.com | www.healthyhearing.com/pledge