Lancaster County man gets hearing improvement before granddaughter’s wedding

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – ABC27 News was there Thursday as Ronald Christiansen was introduced to his new hearing device.

Christiansen, who lives in Willow Valley, was diagnosed with scarlet fever when he was 18 months old and his inner ear was damaged. He’s experimented with hearing aids and other devices since the 1960’s, including his last device which was bulky.

“The other nice thing you might may not be able to notice, but we’re not getting as much feedback,” Dr. Tami Shea, an audiologist with Otolaryngology Physicians of Lancaster, told Christiansen.

“My wife would tell me about that,” Christiansen joked.

Christiansen’s new device is a cochlear implant. Unlike a hearing aid, it provides signals to the brain. The device is designed specifically for people like Christiansen who have significant hearing loss.

The technology also allows Christiansen to adjust settings based on the noise around him.

Christiansen explained the improvements come at a perfect time for him because over the Labor Day weekend, one of his granddaughters is getting married. The new device should let him hear the ceremony clearly.

“Not only the wedding but the conversation around the wedding,” Christiansen said. “This will be quite a difference.”

Christiansen’s new device was recently approved by the FDA.

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