Hearing Aids Keep Bert Berkley Active in the Board Room
As chairman of the board at Tension Envelope, Kansas City businessman Bert Berkley knows how critical his hearing is to effective communication, whether it’s in the board room, at home or at social functions.
“Several years ago I was at home when I received a call from an associate in Minneapolis,” Berkley relates. “My wife, who also was involved in the conversation, said I kept asking the person to repeat each question and answer. That was when I realized there was something wrong with my hearing.”
The next day Berkley saw his doctor, who referred him to Jim Wise, Ph.D., C.C.C.A., at Associated Audiologists, Inc. “Bert had a significant high-frequency hearing loss that was making it difficult for him to communicate in many business situations,” Dr. Wise explains.
To reduce background noise, Dr. Wise recommended two state-of-the-art digital hearing aids for Berkley. “This is an important feature for someone like Bert who is often involved in meetings and negotiations,” Dr. Wise adds. “To be effective, he needs to clearly hear the conversations going on around him.”
Berkley, who also is an active member of many business and community organizations and is an avid outdoorsman, adds that the Associated Audiologists staff has been a valuable asset to him. “Jim and his associates are outstanding. They know what they’re doing and they’re always helpful. They do a superb job.”