S.E. Wisconsin Hearing Center Inc.
6015 Durand Ave., Suite 100, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406,
(262) 884-HEAR (4327),
Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. – 5 Monday-Friday, weekends and evenings by appointment.
Please share a bit about your background:
I grew up in Racine and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a BA in Music. I’ve played jazz guitar professionally for 40 years and founded the Dave Braun Trio in 1980. We’ve played on a Friday nights at the Hob Nob for 25 years.
What was the inspiration for your business?
As a musician, I truly understand the importance of hearing and have personally experienced the heartbreak and frustration of hearing loss when my mother became severely hearing-impaired and refused to get hearing aids. It made life miserable for everyone, as she became more withdrawn, depressed and frustrated about her condition. At that time I couldn’t help her, but now I can help others. I see my mother in every patient.
What’s your most popular item(s)?
Through my thorough hearing tests and allowing patients to try out different devices, we can usually find a device that improves their relationships and quality of life by restoring their hearing. Bluetooth connectivity is very popular today where people can hear their phone calls and music through their hearing aids. The invisible in the canal hearing aids are also very hot right now.
Do you have a little-known specialty?
I provide custom hearing protection devices for people who work in loud environments.
Can you share a sneak peek to your future plans?
I’d like to be catalyst for changing the stigmas attached to hearing loss and let people know that there’s been amazing advances in the technology of hearing aids. There are very many people with hearing loss that choose to do nothing. I want to educate the public about the benefits of treating hearing loss and the consequences of letting it go untreated. Recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to isolation, depression, falling and an earlier onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.