Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News

Effortless hearing results in seamless communication.

The belief that anyone can do just about anything they put their mind to is greatly personified by Jay Olsson, DO, a pain medicine specialist who taps into his creative side almost as often as he makes a diagnosis.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Hearing aids are allowing Dr. Olsson to hear better at work and at home.

When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Olsson spends a lot of his downtime painting, writing poetry and song lyrics, and playing the bass guitar, which he does at his local church most every Sunday.

“I’ve been singing and playing the bass at church now for about 12 or 13 years,” Dr. Olsson reveals. “The bass is a hobby I first picked up when I was a teenager living in Germany, where my dad was stationed while in the service.

“The poetry I write is more for music than anything else, writing lyrics and things like that. But I always leaned toward getting into medicine. Ever since I was in the Boy Scouts doing the work for my first-aid merit badge.”

A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Olsson, 69, has been in practice for 43 years, but he recently needed the attention of a specialist himself when a problem with his hearing reached an acute stage.

“The problem has probably been going on for a couple of years, but I never realized it myself,” Dr. Olsson says. “My wife was the first one to point it out to me. She said I was often asking people to repeat themselves.

“It was happening with her and it was happening with the people I work with. It was even happening with some of my patients, women in particular. I wasn’t hearing them clearly and that’s obviously a very important part of my job.

“Like I said, I thought I was hearing just fine. But when it got to the point where I couldn’t hear my wife when she was behind me and I was always asking people to repeat themselves, she set me up with an appointment to get my hearing checked.”

Being a speech pathologist, Dr. Olsson’s wife knows exactly where to get the best care for hearing loss issues. That’s why she arranged for her husband to go to EarCare, which has offices in Melbourne, Merritt Island and Indian Harbour Beach.

During his initial visit, Dr. Olsson was examined by board-certified audiologist Karen Cowan-Oberbeck, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A. Her exam revealed that Dr. Olsson was suffering from a significant loss of high-frequency hearing. That, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck said, explained why he was missing so much in conversations.

In response to her findings, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck recommended that Dr. Olsson be fit with hearing aids. At that point, Dr. Olsson began working with Glenn Oberbeck, BC-HAS, who recommended he be fit with ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids.

Best in Brand

Among the most advanced hearing devices available, the ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids allow the wearer to better identify speech and other sounds in noisy surroundings while maintaining a better dimension of control over all sounds, no matter the setting.

The ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids also provide the wearer with the ability to create customized programs they can control through an app on their smartphone that allows for better hearing in a variety of sound environments.

“We’re not just talking about adjusting the volume,” Glenn says. “With these hearing aids, the wearer has individual controls over the microphone patterns, noise cancellation and the manipulation of the frequency response throughout the different hearing levels.

“I’ve referred several of my patients to them. It’s good to have someone you know and trust that you can send people to.” – Dr. Olsson

“They have the ability to modify the bass, treble and mid frequencies. You can save programs after you’ve manipulated those settings so that when you get back into that environment or one with similar acoustics, you can retrieve that program.”

The ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids are also made with Bluetooth technology, which allows the wearer to stream the sound from a television set, computer or smartphone directly through the hearing aids and into their ears.

Dr. Olsson gladly accepted Glenn’s recommendation, and the Bluetooth is one of the features he appreciates the most. Not only has it made watching TV more enjoyable, it’s helped him become a better vocalist and bass player.

“With the Bluetooth technology, I can set up the hearing aids so that I can hear the sound coming from the amplifiers directly through my hearing aids,” Dr. Olsson explains. “Now when I’m playing, I can tell better that I’m on key and have the right pitch.

“No one ever said anything before about me being off key, but ever since I started wearing the hearing aids, I’ve been getting a lot more compliments about my singing and playing.

“People say, Wow, that was really good, or You really harmonized well there. That’s because I can hear myself better. But it’s not just when I hook up the hearing aids to the amplifier. I’m hearing better even when I just listen naturally through the speakers.”

The Extra Mile

Dr. Olsson’s new hearing aids are also benefitting him at home, where he is once again watching TV with the volume at normal levels, and at work, where he no longer struggles to hear patients and co-workers.

“My wife is happier because I don’t turn the TV up loud to hear it the way I used to,” he says. “Getting these hearing aids was definitely the right thing for me to do.
“I don’t think I could have found a better place to have gotten them from than EarCare. Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck and Glenn are both great people and tremendous professionals who go the extra mile for you.

“When she was testing me, Dr. Cowan-Oberbeck explained that the high-frequency hearing loss I had was why I wasn’t hearing women’s voices very well, and Glenn did a fabulous job of fitting the hearing aids, adjusting them and showing me all the features.

“The hearing aids are great, and so is the service at EarCare. That’s why I’ve referred several of my patients to them. It’s good to have someone you know and trust that you can send people to and that are good friends, too.”

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