Hear Wright Hearing Care | Hearing Center Interview
Mary Beth Wright, MS, FAAA knew she wanted to major in a field that allowed her to help people, so when she noticed her grandmother’s hearing aid whistling, she followed her cousin’s lead and majored in audiology.
“I thought it would be great to be able to help people hear better,” she said.
Twenty eight years later, she and her husband own and operate Hear Wright Hearing Care, which has eleven different locations in Ohio including: Ashland, Broadview Heights, Elyria, Mansfield, Norwalk, Parma Heights, Sandusky, Westlake, Willoughby, and Wooster. A new location in Canton opens later this year; Mansfield is the home office. Their team of hearing healthcare professionals include Gino Colace, NBC-HIS, Angie Myers, HIS, Allison O’Grady, Au.D, Patricia Didion, HIS, Mike Thompson, HIS and Lauren Fraley, HIS.
“Our mission statement is to serve the hearing impaired with the highest degree of professionalism, technology and service available,” Wright said. “There’s an art involved with fitting the device and helping our patients’ hearing become as good as it can be – not just when they first get the instrument, but also in the years to come.”
Wright said her favorite aspect of being a hearing healthcare professional is when a patient tells her how much she’s changed their life. She recalled fitting a patient in Willoughby with hearing aids whose daughter had been trying to convince her to see a hearing healthcare professional for quite some time. “The daughter told me that the devices had really given them back their mom,” Wright said. “Now she’s able to participate in family get-togethers and go shopping. They’ve really seen her personality come back.”
One of the most challenging aspects of her field is making sure patient expectations are appropriate for what technology can do for their hearing. “No two people are alike,” Wright said, “so their hearing isn’t alike, either. The auditory system in some people is more damaged than in others, which means I can help some people more than I can others. They don’t always understand why we can’t do the same thing for them as we did for their neighbor down the street.”
Hear Wright Hearing Care conducts outreach in their respective communities, including hearing screenings and hearing aid checks at assisted living communities as well as talks on hearing and hearing protection for senior centers and business groups.
Wright said although the advent of Bluetooth and digital technology are the two most significant changes in the field since she started practicing and has taken hearing aids to a whole new level, overall hearing health is the focus at Hear Wright Hearing Care.
“We pretty much focus on one patient at a time,” Wright said. “The most important patient is the one that is in front of us. Helping our patients reconnect to their world to the best of their hearing ability is our main goal.”
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