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INDIAN LAND – Listen up – Hear USA has moved into Southend Plaza to help local residents improve their hearing health.
The audiology clinic was started in West Palm Beach, Fla., 20 years ago and now has 200 clinics nationwide.
HearUSA moved to the Carolinas recently, and the Indian Land office is its first new location. Other area offices are former audiology clinics that were bought by HearUSA.
The business provides hearing screenings, as well as hearing aid fitting and maintenance services.
If you are having difficulty understanding or hearing, it could be a sign that there may be a problem, said office manager Sharon Conte.
HearUSA provides free hearing assessments, including an evaluation of your hearing needs and a hearing exam administered by audiologist Tracey Krumel.
Krumel said she talks with clients about the difficulties they may be having, as well as talking to them about their lifestyle as that can determine which hearing aid would be the best fit.
She said hearing aids have changed a lot and are more comfortable and less noticeable than in the past.
“There are more people wearing them than you realize,” she said.
Other services available at the clinic are ear wax removal and hearing aid maintenance.
She said the clinic provides advantages over visiting an ENT physician’s office because HearUSA focuses on hearing aids so it’s less busy, and there is no doctor’s office visit to pay for.
Conte said that HearUSA selected the location near Sun City because seniors are the largest users of their products, and there are not many competitors in the area.
She said the company will be providing hearing health awareness programs for local groups such as Sun City’s Lunch and Learn.
On Sept. 28, the company will visit the Indian Land Council on Aging at the local recreation center.
The clinic is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but extended hours will be added based on need. Appointments are encouraged.