I recall my first experience as an audiologist was having the opportunity to work with a man named Gordon Moot. To work beside Gordon meant truly learning areas of this hearing specialty that was well beyond that which I acquired in college. Gordon had a “jeweler’s loop” that he would attach to his eyeglasses that allowed him to see hearing aids and their parts quite closely. I can still see Gordon looking at a hearing aid through the lens of his jeweler’s loop as if it were a prize jewel or diamond. He saw much more than a hearing aid; I believe he saw something that helped a person to hear life.
This experience, now over fifteen years later, as well as many years after Gordon passed on, has taught me that an object such as a hearing aid means so much more. What we see at face value or first glance is often so much different when we look closely. As with a “jewelers loop” we see very close-up. I attempt to find that in each moment we can learn something even deeper. The moment we begin the conversation with a person regarding their hearing loss, balance issues, or tinnitus concerns, we work towards a solution, a solution to improve one’s quality of life. I have Gordon’s jeweler’s loop on my shelf in my office and I think fondly of my experiences with him. I am hopeful to always serve as an advocate to help others achieve a better quality of life. To do what I do for the right reasons. To aspire to learn from others, as I did from Gordon. To see what Gordon saw in his jeweler’s loop is something to pursue…..
Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D
Doctor of Audiology
Family Hearing and Balance Center
Research Champion Member of the ATA (American Tinnitus Association)
Cardinal Hearing Centers (Division of Family Hearing and Balance Center)
Akron, Barberton, Northfield, Parma, Ohio
*Hearing aids, Balance, Vertigo, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Ear Ringing
Provider with Summa Care