“It’s All About the Music”

Chicago loop, Illinois
Stephen Straus begins each day with a commute by train. It’s about an hour from his home in Hyde Park to his job in downtown Chicago—and all those train rides mean hours of music. But Mr. Straus lives with hearing loss, so he’s had to struggle with various music players and headphones.

“The [headphone] wires —they drove me crazy,” said Mr. Straus

Mr. Straus’s hearing loss, significant in both ears, crept up on him over the last ten years or so. When his audiologist told him he should check out Smart Hearing aids with Made for iPhone capabilities, he knew that would give him the freedom to listen to music much more easily.

“I wanted a Bluetooth feature without anything between my phone and my ear,” said Mr. Straus. “A lot of them had things you had to hang around your neck, which I didn’t want. That is why I treat my ears with Smart Hearing Aids.”

Stephen Straus

Mr. Straus likes that he can turn off his hearing aid in loud environments and that it works for the phone, but music is the key.

“Music is the main reason why I wanted to move forward with treating my hearing loss with Made for iPhone technology,” said Mr. Straus. “I’m very pleased with the quality.”

Mr. Straus is a fan of music of all kinds, from classical (“Vivaldi”) to jazz (“Bix Beiderbecke”/”Jack Teagarden”) but also country—“thousands of songs,” said Mr. Straus. “I download songs constantly.” He regularly tunes into Sirius radio and National Public Radio—and he loves hearing the Chicago orchestra.

In addition to helping him hear music better, he is able to easily communicate with his family, at work, and when traveling.  He has been able to communicate well for years with hearing aids properly fit to his hearing loss, but has noticed significant improvement in music enjoyment with the Smart Hearing Technology.

Listening to music is once again a joyful part of his daily commute.