“I’m not a smart man” said by a patient with Dementia…. By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

Some comments truly get your attention and pull you in. They also can change the way you see a person or how a person views himself. I had a very nice visit with a new patient, a man aging in his mid to upper 70’s, who said, “I’m not a smart man”. After I heard…read more

Resisting Angels: Dale Hansen, Practice Administrator, Family Hearing and Balance Center

  Last night I walked out of a restaurant after a late dinner, got into my car to go home, and it wouldn’t start.  I turned the key again, and nothing. It was dead. In denial, I turned the key again…and the reality set in that something was wrong. With a sigh, I got back…read more

Widex Cros, a patient shares her success…. By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

I lost hearing in my left ear in January, 2004 while living in Pennsylvania. At that time only a Phonak analog device with a cord extending from one ear to the other was available. Five years later after I moved to Ohio I was examined at Family Hearing and Balance and was fitted with an…read more

The World Games: Family Hearing & Balance Center

The World Games were on television this week, and I was fortunate enough to catch a documentary on Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Yes, she was a sister of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. What I didn’t know was that she started the World Games, which was formerly known as the Special Olympics. She started these…read more

Those Sirens! Dale Hansen, Practice Administrator: Family Hearing & Balance Center

“Squawk,” the alarm rang out. “Responding Crew. Man down at the corner of Market and Main. Man down at the corner of Market and Main. Bystanders state that they are unable to wake the victim and are keeping him warm.” This was it! My stress level shot through the roof as we ran to our…read more

Misophonia…..What is it? By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center Akron, ohio

It is of particular interest to me in the fact that Misophonia affects peoples lives….. As a clinical audiologist in private practice, there are various patient hearing related concerns brought to my and our staff’s attention. Misophonia is one that is becoming a familiar topic and brings special care. Due to intolerance to sounds found…read more

When I Became a Stereotype: Family Hearing & Balance Center

I had the opportunity to go and procure a couple new suits recently, and it was such a nice place that it employed a tailor in house. The sales person was treating me like royalty as the tailor evaluated the fit, and he mentioned getting a belt. The tailor was about a 4 foot something…read more

What Dirt Can Teach Us: Family Hearing & Balance Center

When I was young, one of my favorite things to do outside was play in the dirt and sand with my trucks and front-loaders. It was all about the imagination and creativity. With determination, we would make roads and tunnels under the summer sun until it went down, and then we would have to go…read more

The “unsung heroes” of hearing loss…..By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

Many thoughts come to mind, as I drive to work early in the morning. I tend to get to the office by 6:30AM to put the first pot of coffee on for our staff and our patients. I love early mornings for the time to think, plan, and discuss things with our Practice Administrator, Dale Hansen….read more

“Do you see the smile on my face”….. By Dr. Richard Reikowski Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

The other day I had a very special encounter with a long-time patient, who was accompanied by his wife, for his first check up of his new digital Resound Verso hearing devices. As we chatted, I asked how are things?His wife immediately said, with the biggest smile, “Do you see the smile on my face”!…read more