Frequent HR contributor Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, has opened a mobile audiology center to offer hearing services to rural Michigan communities on a weekly basis.
Rural communities are often underserved for their health care needs. Tele-audiology has been suggested for one solution, but Kasewurm has decided on another: a mobile audiology center, which she calls the “Hearing Bus.” (See HR‘s October print edition’s special section on tele-audiology.)
Kasewurm is the owner of Professional Hearing Services, St Joseph, Mich, and launched the Hearing Bus to bring hearing testing services to rural Michigan communities.
Kasewurm says she decided to create the Hearing Bus after realizing that there were underservedpopulations in rural Michigan that did not have access to hearing services. The Hearing Bus not only brings services to these people, but its colorful design also acts as a way to spread hearing health awareness throughout southwest Michigan.
“The Hearing Bus is an example of the ever-expanding mobile services industry,” said Kasewurm. “You can’t come to us? No problem, we’ll come to you.”
She added, “We have become renowned as a center for exceptional patient care and we have won awards for customer service,” said Kasewurm. “Our goal is to deliver the same level of patient experience on the Hearing Bus.”
The Hearing Bus will visit rural Southwest Michigan communities one day each week, launching first in Allegan on December 4, and Niles on December 6, 2012.
For more information and to keep updated on where the Hearing Bus will visit, see the Hearing Bus Facebook page. A Web site is also being developed.
The Mobile Audiology Center will visit each community one day each week. You can catch the hearing bus in Allegan and Niles at the addresses below.
Tuesdays, 9 am-4 pm
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
110 N Cedar St, Allegan, MI 49010-1244
Thursdays, 9 am-4 pm
Great Lakes Eye Care
120 Longmeadow Village Dr, Niles, MI 49120
Kasewurm is most recently the co-author of an upcoming article “Cold Hard Decisions: Hiring Another Professional for Your Practice” in the December 2012 edition of HR.
SOURCE: Professional Hearing Services.