Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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MIRACLE-EAR

Advances in technology make hearing aids smaller and better

by Sarah Dale


Rebecca McCarthy emphasizes early hearing loss testing for the best results from a hearing aid

Rebecca McCarthy emphasizes early hearing loss testing for the best results from a hearing aid

In 2016, when Rebecca McCarthy began working for the Miracle-Ear location on Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake, Virginia, she knew she had found a wonderful place for a career. What Rebecca loves most about working with Miracle-Ear is the company’s long-standing popularity. They’ve been around for nearly 68 years, and that strong background intrigued her. However, Rebecca’s journey didn’t begin in Hampton Roads but in the town of Asheville, North Carolina where she grew up. From North Carolina, Rebecca traveled to Ohio University on a scholarship and majored in speech therapy. During her undergraduate experience at the college, Rebecca assisted in a research project in relation to the connection between hearing and speech therapy at the neighboring Ohio State University.


“Hearing aids have come so far...
We have many different
style and color options to ensure that
people will be able to hear and
they’ll feel confident
while doing so.”

—Rebecca McCarthy



Rebecca graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and moved with her future husband to the Hampton Roads area to attend Old Dominion University for her graduate studies. When that training was completed, Rebecca got married, and she and her husband decided to stay in Hampton Roads and create a life here. Their love of the beach, being near family in North Carolina, and the friendly atmosphere made it a very easy decision to stay and make a home.

Despite majoring in speech therapy, Rebecca decided to focus more on the hearing loss side of the spectrum than the speech therapy side, having been inspired by the findings of her research studies. After learning about the connection between hearing and speech, Rebecca found her true passion:  helping those who already suffered from hearing loss, and preventing future hearing loss.

Miracle-Ear previously could be found in the Sears of the Chesapeake Square Mall, but a few years ago decided to leave that location and operate as a stand-alone business. They are the brand many people have grown to trust when it comes to hearing aids. Offering premium service and the latest technology, Miracle-Ear has the most discreet hearing aids on the market. With clear and inner- or outer-ear options to choose from, one will certainly find something they like.

When asked what was most important to her about the issue of hearing loss, Rebecca says, “I believe that it’s critical to get one’s hearing tested if hearing loss is suspected. It’s equally important to get it done sooner rather than later. Many people will put off checking even the slightest loss of hearing for decades and sadly, by doing so, treatment is made more ineffective than it could have been. And the longer they wait, the more difficult it will become to treat.”

By delaying a proper hearing test, not only do people have a greater chance of missing out on effective treatment, but studies show it could trigger other issues as well. According to a 2011 Johns Hopkins study, seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.

After studying and reading stories about dementia patients, Rebecca explains, “Dementia is a dreadful thing to have to deal with on top of hearing loss. That’s why it’s so important not to wait to seek testing or treatment. When people delay getting their hearing tested and treated, they run the risk of permanently losing their ability to hear. It’s important, so I’d like to repeat it: if one waits too long, hearing aids become ineffective.” 

The beautiful sounds of grandchildren laughing, or something as magical as the leaves rustling on a fall day, or a child or spouse saying, “I love you,” are just a few things many people long to hear. Losing the ability to hear those wonderful sounds would be devastatingly tragic, especially since it is very much preventable.

One of the great things about Miracle-Ear is that tests are easily attainable simply by walking into a location. Resources are provided to help people understand their options for ways to “a more sound life.”


According to a 2011
Johns Hopkins study,
seniors with hearing loss
are significantly more likely
to develop dementia over time
than those who retain their hearing.



Rebecca understands the social anxiety many people feel about needing to wear hearing aids. Many people simply don’t want them because when they think of a hearing aid, they imagine a huge annoyance in their ear. Rebecca assures, “Hearing aids have come so far in the past 20 to 30 years. While the concept is the same, the models are evolving.” Just as computers have most definitely changed, as well as TVs and mobile phones, the same is true of hearing aids. “We have many different style and color options to ensure that not only will people be able to hear, they’ll feel confident while doing so,” Rebecca says. “The Miracle-Ear Facebook page is a great tool to use when looking at options. I think it’s a cool page to follow,” Rebecca adds.

What is the best way to find out if one should seek a hearing test? Simply ask themselves a few questions. Do they find themselves having difficulty hearing while on the telephone? Do they find themselves straining to hear in a conversation? If so, it’s best to get their hearing tested. Early prevention is key to making sure people do not suffer the long-lasting consequences of dealing with hearing loss.


The beautiful sound of
grandchildren laughing
is just one thing
many people long to hear.



When Rebecca isn’t assisting people with their hearing needs at the store, she is spending time with her loving husband and their two fur-kids. During their down time, they can both be found playing at the beach with their dog, Pashmina, a bichon frise, or relaxing at home with their orange tabby cat, Sunny. They also enjoy playing music together, Rebecca on the keyboard and hubby on the bass guitar.




Miracle-Ear - Rebecca McCarthy

801 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-356-5296