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Kim, I always have wondered where your charm and delight in working with my elderly 95 years young Mom came from but now I know it was actually your father’s influence coming through your young spirit! Thank your father for giving Minnesota one very fine young lady who’s work with those who are hearing challenged remind’s me of such integrity rarely seen in the interaction we had previously experienced! You shine a bright light on those that need your help to hear in the most amazingly kind way, you are obviously our hearing whisperer! Thank you Team Chears! Anita K M and Becky C

“When my niece was 13, about 18 years ago, she came to visit me. She was very soft spoken, and too young to fully understand that I had hearing loss. She tired of repeating herself, and seemed to believe that I was yet another adult who did not care to understand a young person's thinking. I feel that, even to this day, I do not have as strong a bond as I could have with my only niece due to that communication problem all those years ago. That experience sent me to audiology, because I actually did want to know what she said. As I had no referral, I simply picked an audiologist out of my insurance provider book. After 2 hearing aids, each reprogrammed more than once, I gave up. I could eavesdrop on other people's conversations with greater ease, but was no better at catching the words of my companions in a noisy environment. I met Kim unexpectedly at a street fair last summer, and was drawn to the empty chair she had in the shade on a hot day. As we talked, I realized that I liked her as a person. Then I told her about my increasing hearing loss. She confirmed that not all audiologists are equally skilled. It is too long ago now to know what caused the failure of my first attempt to correct my hearing, but I judged her to be honest, so I asked directly "Well, are you a good audiologist?" She laughed "Actually I am." One very nice service they offered me was a pair of trial aids for $50/week, simply to see if I would actually like and use hearing aids. I could have returned then with a "no" and not have spent thousands on aids that would sit in a drawer. But, as I decided that I did want aids, I gave back the test pair, and the money I had paid was credited towards the aids I purchased. Now, 3 weeks with my new aids, I am very happy with my rediscovered ability to hear, and with the kindness with which the entire staff at Chears treats me. I would recommend this clinic to anyone.”

Joyce S. of Minneapolis, MN
01/11/2020    Review submitted online


Jake Spano
September 20 at 7:19 AM ·

Kim Fishman has been a good friend of mine over the years and really radically improved my hearing loss as the owner of Chears Audiology. She also helped lead efforts to install technology in our council chambers to help those with hearing aides like me! I’m glad we found each other for lots of reasons

Jake S,

For a long time I fooled myself into believing that I did not have a hearing problem.

I turned the sound on the TV set way up and used closed captioning, at movies I heard about 3/4 of what was being said and didn't understand all of that. I said "excuse me?" a lot. I was very polite. 🙂 I thought that my microwave oven was broken because it didn't make the dinging noise when it finished cooking. The biggest thing in my life was my exercise class where I couldn't hear the instructor so I stopped trying to hear and just watched her and copied what she was doing. I wasn't happy. Then a few very nice people in my class came over and showed me their hearing aids and told me about a wonderful audiologist at Chears/Kim Fishman. They volunteered to drive me over to meet Kim and hear what she had to say. When we got to Chears Kim and her staff were very nice and very professional. I took a hearing test and that confirmed that I did indeed have some haereing loss. I was given the chance to try out several different types of hearing aids and after wearing them for a bit, I was given some by Signia. What a Revelation. These aids fit me well, were comfortable and I could hear! I was shown several different apps and told all about Signia. I opted to go with the rechargeable batteries. I know myself and not being adept, I knew that changing batteries wasn't for me. I now have a little unit I put the hearing aids into every night and I am happy with that.

Having hearing aids have made a big difference in my life and I am happy to share my experience with anyone who will listen. Signia is for me! And now I can go to my exercise class and listen to the soft music and hear my coach in the front of the class. Cheers! Lois S.

Lois S.,

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