Rural Audiology Services, Inc. (RAS) is currently owned by Becky and Andy Franz. For over 30 years, the practice has been providing Waupaca and neighboring communities with comprehensive hearing care services. These services include hearing evaluations, hearing loss rehabilitation, education and counseling. Our goal is to improve the lives of people with hearing loss through better hearing and quality hearing care services.
Seeing patients in a rural community has too many advantages to mention! Patients are always friendly and open. They often know each other and are quick to refer a friend. Often times, receptionists have known patients their whole lives! Even the ride to work has advantages—showing off beautiful Central Wisconsin landscape. One can't help but feel blessed.
In order to meet your individual needs, we may refer you for medical treatment or recommend hearing aids or other assistive listening devices, if necessary. We dispense a wide range of hearing technology, including the latest models to suit most every hearing loss, hearing need, lifestyle and budget. Hearing loss prevention and hearing protection are key components of our care. We are often in regular communication with family members because we understand how hearing loss impacts more than just the patient. Family is encouraged to accompany patients to appointments.
We are trained to work with a variety of hearing aid styles from different manufacturers, and we regularly attend seminars and continuing education courses. This way, we stay up-to-date on the latest hearing technology and the best ways to serve our patients.
We offer the finest hearing care available featuring:
The staff at Rural Audiology periodically take time out of their busy schedules to educate themselves on the latest technology and techniques to best serve their patients. They are attending educational seminars with Widex, Starkey, and Signia, and are constantly striving to do whatever is needed to stay up to date on this constantly changing industry.
Recently Becky attended The Hearing Innovation Expo, a global event hosted by Starkey Hearing Technologies, America's premier provider of hearing healthcare.
Held every two years, the Expo is where Fortune 500 executives, industry thought leaders, world-class scientists and hearing's top independent providers converge to discuss and share ideas that can be put into action today to help shape a better tomorrow.
According to our Audiologist, Becky Franz, "The Starkey Hearing Expo is by far the most amazing conference I have ever been to. Not only were the breakout sessions related to the field of Audiology amazing, but the keynote speakers including NASA Astronauts Captains Mark & Scott Kelly, were phenomenal, inspirational and thought provoking. I came home with dozens of fresh ideas on how to better my practice and the service that I provide to my patients."
From February 22-24, Dr. Kramer attended the Wisconsin Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Associations (WSHA) annual convention: Road to Success, Working Together to Achieve More. While there, she attended courses varying on topics including the future of hearing aid technology, tinnitus therapy, hearing aid fitting techniques, and ethics in the field of Audiology.
Four Years of Protection
The majority of our hearing aids come with a warranty and a loss and damage policy. All of our EarQ devices come with the Secure 4-Year Warranty, which is literally the best in the business. This means that any time you come in during that four years regarding your hearing aid, services are covered!
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