Hamm Hearing Aid Center:
Celebrating 12 years in the business, this full service hearing aid center makes a real difference in patients’ lives.
By Corinne Glover
“Hearing loss can have a lot of impact on a person’s life,” observes John Clell Hamm, who is nationally board certified in hearing instrument sciences and is a North Carolina licensed hearing aid specialist. “It’s an insidious condition. It can sneak up on someone. It happens so gradually. People typically lose the ability to process high frequency sounds first. Others around them seem to be mumbling all the time. Communication with others gets more difficult.”
According to Hamm, approximately 35 million Americans experience hearing loss. Of those individuals, the vast majority simply need a hearing aid. “The sole scope of this practice is to treat those individuals with sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness, and give them the very best results possible so they can have the best quality of life possible,” Hamm insists. “People who wear hearing aids can significantly clarify their understanding of speech. You get glasses when you can’t see clearly,” Hamm points out. “Why not get a hearing aid when you can’t hear as well? The solution is technological, not procedural.”
Hamm Hearing Aid Center offers a range of hearing instruments sure to meet every lifestyle and budget. Products range from in-the-ear or behind-the-ear units to the tiniest hearing aids made today. With devices that fit entirely inside the ear canal, hearing aids can be invisible. “We have chips that allow us to process sounds in ways that you couldn’t imagine having even five or six years ago,” Hamm marvels. “We’re getting tremendous results in a package that’s super discrete and super attractive.”
In the late 1990s Hamm witnessed a patient’s joyous response when she first tried her new hearing aids. It was that moment that helped Hamm decide to make the challenging transition from a successful career in banking to a profession where he felt he could make a real difference in people’s lives. Today this hearing aid specialist for the everyman wins loyal clients in Wilmington and well beyond.
“When I first walked out the door with my new hearing aids, I could hear a little song bird,” patient Tim Cayton recalls. “I was extremely impressed with how these people are more than willing to bend over backwards – not for a 90% satisfaction rate but for a 100% satisfaction rate. They really go out of their way to make everybody happy.”
“I hate to ask people to repeat themselves,” patient Trish Keeter confides. It’s really embarrassing. I have enjoyed coming here. If I’ve ever had any problems or I needed my hearing aid adjusted, they have helped me and been eager to do so.”
Happy to finally find affordable hearing aids at Hamm Hearing Aid Center, architectural engineer W.A. Soder praises the no pressure environment. “It is the little things that you take for granted,” he says. “Now I hear the little clicking of my turn signal and the sound of the wind blowing.”
Clell was born in Durham, NC and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a member of the State and Federal Advocacy Committee for the International Hearing Society. He is also the former President of the North Carolina Association of Hearing Care Professionals (NCAHCP) and is currently a Legislative Chairman and Board Member of the association. Clell was awarded the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievements and Dedication by the (NCAHCP). Hamm received this award based on his service as a former president of the association, as well as his tireless efforts to promote and pass landmark legislation that ensures options and choices for North Carolina citizens with hearing loss, especially as it relates to their hearing aid provider. Clell continues to work to promote insurance coverage for those with hearing loss at the state and federal level.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, come in and see Hamm and his friendly staff. You’ll find yourself treated just like family, and that first visit, hearing test included, is completely free.
Hamm Hearing Aid Center now has two locations to better reach an ever-growing number of patients.
Visit the center in Wilmington at 1608 Wellington Avenue. Call (910) 792-0011.
Visit the center in Jacksonville, NC at 3705 Henderson Drive. Call (910) 353-0900.