Hi all – My name is Ken LaFerle, AuD and I am the Director of Educational Services for Beltone. There is a saying around here that if you are with Beltone long enough, you will bleed “Beltone Blue”. Well, I have been with Beltone for 26 years so I’m sure that my blood has changed colors. In all, I have spent the last 31 years working with the hearing-impaired, including working with the Louisiana Health Department’s, Ears, Nose and Throat doctors. When I married my lovely bride Kathy 31 years ago, we moved quite a bit. We were both from Michigan, but I did my graduate work in Alabama, and worked in Louisiana, before moving back to Michigan. For the past 26 years we have called Illinois our home. We have 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 29! We are also “dog people” and currently share our house with two dogs. I didn’t always know I wanted to work in Hearing. I did love music growing up. As I said, I grew up in Michigan and although the era was rock and roll – especially the British Invasion – my father constantly played Motown on our HiFi. I had a steady diet of the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Little Stevie Wonder. But, even though I loved it, music wasn’t my inspiration to get into the field of Hearing. In fact, it was my Grandmother who influenced me. She developed a hearing loss as a result of taking massive doses of aspirin to treat her arthritis. She was a remarkable woman and her stories of her life were like living history. I found I enjoyed communicating with seniors, and through spending time with them, saw the isolation that hearing loss caused. I wanted these people to enjoy life as much as my Grandma did. I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey working in the hearing care field, and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences on this blog.