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The Importance of Hearing

Experiencing the sounds of life is something we all take for granted. For most of us, it is only when hearing slowly diminishes that we realize how important good hearing is in our lives. The everyday sounds of birds singing, the breeze blowing, and children playing are sounds that we should be able to appreciate all our lives. But many people deprive themselves of this gift by not taking that first step for help. The gift of hearing allows us to do much more than just enjoy the qualities of sounds we hear each day. Without it, everyday life situations may become a strain. A hearing loss may create difficulties at work, in social situations or even with family members. But most of all, a hearing loss may cause you to lose confidence in yourself. If you have a hearing problem, or you suspect someone you love has a hearing problem, be informed about hearing aids and hearing instrument specialists

What is Hearing Impairment?

Hearing impairment can occur at any age, hearing loss develops slowly and painlessly. As a result, the person is often unaware of the loss of hearing until others start to notice. There are three parts to the human ear: the outer, middle and inner ear. As a sound occurs, the sound wave vibrations are conducted through the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. In the inner ear, these vibrations are converted to nerve impulses which are then transmitted to the brain. A conductive hearing loss results from obstruction or disease of the outer or middle ear. This type of hearing loss is often temporary and can usually be treated medically. Damage to the inner ear or hearing nerve results in sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is almost always permanent and normally caused by high fever, disease, excessive noise exposure, heredity or the normal aging process. Sensorineural hearing loss, usually referred to as “nerve deafness,” is often treatable with the use of hearing instruments.


When it comes to telling the story of the Grand Island hearing Aid Center it’s important to go back to its founder, Laverne Almquist, and the influence she has had on the success of the 40 -year business.

Laverne Almquist, aunt to Roxann Ellison, started the business in 1971. Almquist held license No. 1 in Nebraska for hearing instrument dispensers and fitters. Also, Almquist was instrumental in organizing and founding the then Nebraska Hearing Aid Dispensers and Fitters Organization, which is now the Nebraska Hearing Society.

Almquist was 57 when she opened the Grand Island Hearing Aid Center on Second Street in downtown Grand Island. She was a respected businesswoman and worked until her death at age 71.

Dean Kent MS, CCC-A

Audiologist, Owner



Now Featuring Beltone from “The Kent Family”

A lifetime of education – A lifetime of Caring!


If you’re curious about the world of better hearing, we invite you to learn why Beltone is the choice of millions when it comes to fantastic hearing care.

At Beltone, we take an approach to hearing care that no other company can match. It’s based on connecting with you as a person—and understanding what you enjoy in life and what’s important in a healthcare partner. Every hearing care solution we offer is tailored to a patient’s individual needs.

You’ll notice the difference from the moment you call the office to schedule your baseline hearing evaluation. And, you’ll feel it every time you visit Beltone for your annual screening, a hearing aid fitting, or simply to buy new batteries.


Grand Island Hearing Aid Center is a technologically advanced hearing care facility with prices to fit all budgets. We are licensed by the Nebraska Department of Health and certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.

Member of IHS. International Hearing Society

Member of NHS. Nebraska Hearing Society

A hearing aid like no other

A genuine breakthrough in hearing technology, Beltone First gives you new ways to hear the sounds you love. From its sleek new shape to its sound-processing power to its unique ability to sync with your favorite devices, it’s in a class by itself.

Beltone First hearing aids wirelessly communicate with each other to customize sound as your surroundings change. By prioritizing speech, it’s easy to hear the conversation, even in noisy places. Enjoy seamless transitions as you move from quiet to loud environments. It’s all hands-free.
Beltone First fits 9 out of 10 hearing losses. Its lightweight, ergonomic design sits securely behind your ear, hidden from view.

Introducing Personal Sound ID

Beltone Legend is the most complete and advanced full hearing aid product line you’ll find. With the widest range of choices and the most advanced technology, there is a Beltone Legend model for every taste and lifestyle. Recommend Beltone Legend and help your clients find their perfect match today!
Your clients have probably never wondered why they automatically listen to important sounds like ambulances or someone calling their names through other background noise. It’s just something people with normal hearing are born with. Their ears and their brains are built to work in harmony.
Hearing loss robs them of that ability, and most hearing aids will just attempt to “guess” that they want to hear certain sounds. The breakthrough Personal Sound ID feature in Beltone Legend mimics the way sound is naturally processed by the ear. It helps them locate sounds, gives them better awareness of their surroundings and a full listening experience.

Nebraska Equipment Distribution Program

Description of the Nebraska Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Program
The State of Nebraska is proud to present the Nebraska Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Program (NSTEP). The goal of this program is to provide monetary assistance to persons with disabilities. These persons will then use the financial assistance to aid in the purchasing of specialized telephone equipment such as amplifiers, signaling devices and TTY/TTs.

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