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Zounds Hears the Plight of Veterans in Need of Hearing Aids

Gary Frisch

Friday, July 25, 2014 • 11:28pm

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Amid reports of significant delays by the Department of Veterans Affairs in providing medical services to its constituents, one local business is stepping up to help fill a specific need: hearing aids.
 
Zounds Hearing will provide hearing aids at 75 percent off to veterans who suffered hearing damage during combat operations in Afghanistan or Iraq. The program has no end date.
 
“I’ve heard of patients waiting three or four months to get tested for hearing aids, or to get their existing devices adjusted. Some have complained that the VA supplies outdated models that need frequent service, there’s just one service center nationally, and waits are just as long,” said Zounds owner David Ratzker.  “This is one way we can ease their burden a little bit.”
 
Zounds is offering eligible veterans and active-duty personnel the “Riazo” hearing aid for $495 per aid.  The Riazo uses digital technology and noise cancellation, and covers up to 8000 Hz, providing the wearer with the full spectrum of speech sounds. Normally retailing for $1,999 per aid, the Riazo also has four user-adjustable channels.
 
The program includes an auditory screening by Zounds’ on-site audiologist, custom-programming of the aids for the individual, and ongoing adjustments as needed.
 
“One of our missions is to educate people about hearing loss, and do whatever we can to help the local community. This is our way to give something back to our brave heroes,” said Ratzker.
 
To learn more about the program, or to make an appointment for a free hearing screening, visit http://www.zoundshearing.com/westfield, or call 908-280-0479.  Zounds is located at 1943 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains, NJ.
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