Can piano keys explain hearing loss…..? By Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center


I had the opportunity to hear our staff Audiologist Dr. Amy Welman, Au.D explain a persons high frequency hearing loss with a great analogy! The patient commented that they felt their hearing was overall fine and unsure how their hearing loss caused an affect on sounds or speech around him. Dr. Amy shared that if you can imagine the keys on a piano and not having the upper frequency keys available to play, those are the sounds that you are missing. Think of removing the high tones and the song won’t sound crisp and clear, but more deep sounding.

I really liked this analogy, as it conveys in simple and understandable terms how our hearing loss changes what we hear. In this man’s case, his hearing loss gradually declined over several years and he was unknowing how the missing sounds affected him. We can easily show a patient how those missing sounds correlate to speech, music, and the clarity of conversations through demonstrations of digital hearing aid technology.



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Dr. Reikowski earned his Masters degree from the University of Akron and completed his Doctorate of Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004. He began his career working with Dr. Lippy and the Lippy Group in Warren, Ohio. He is now the Owner and Director of Audiology for his private practices in Akron, Northfield, and Parma Ohio. Dr. Reikowski is a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Reikowski remains up-to-date with the most current hearing aid technology to better assist his patients and is an advocate for hearing loss education and awareness of the impact of hearing loss on the quality of life. He believes that education is the key in helping those with hearing loss.  He has given numerous speeches and seminars to groups, hospitals, and agencies such as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. Dr. Reikowski is the recipient of the 2009 Ohio Academy of Audiology Clinical Excellence Award

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