Sunrise Rotary Club learns about hearing loss and hearing aids

Dr. Tom Muller

Dr. Tom Muller

Dick Kroese

You may assume that the more expensive the hearing aid, the more appropriate it is for you. Wrong! If you buy the most expensive hearing aids, the increase in cost does not necessarily mean you receive the same percentage in benefit in relation to the cost. Dr. Muller, Clinical Associate of the University of Arizona Department of Speech and Hearing, suggested that hearing aids should fit the person’s lifestyle, expectations and pocketbook. He also told us about a class, Living with Hearing Loss, where couples learn to work together on how they can communicate with a better understanding of hearing loss. Other services he told us about are hearing evaluations and some of the community lectures that they present, including here in SaddleBrooke.

Dr. Muller manages the Pima County Hearing Aid Bank, a cooperative program for the Sertoma, the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf and the University of Arizona Hearing Clinic through which low-income individuals can obtain hearing aids at a very low cost. He is commissioner for, and past chair of, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is a member in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2010 he won the University of Arizona’s College of Science Innovation in Teaching for his work developing model clinical provision and supervision to foster independence in third year AuD students. In 2011 Dr. Muller won the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education, a national award given to one audiologist each year.

SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at the MountainView Bistro, East Room at 8:00 a.m. Come for breakfast and enjoy the fun. Join us for informative programs and opportunities for giving back to the community. For more information contact Mark Douglas at mdouglas.patoperro@gmail.com.