While furthering my education at Drexel University, I was introduced to the world of the hearing impaired through a
work program at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. While there, I found my life's work. I witnessed lives
dramatically improve with proper hearing enhancement and committed myself to helping as many hearing impaired
people as possible!
I started with the premise that if I could build better earmolds, people would get better results from their hearing
aids. In 1979, I founded Authorized Earmold Labs in the basement of my home and began building earmolds.
After building the best earmolds, we began building the best hearing aids. In 1984, we founded Authorized Hearing
Systems and were soon building hearing aids superior to those offered by the world's long-established manufacturers.
By 2001, we were selling over 40,000 units per year. We opened two facilities in Bristol, Pennsylvania and a third in Plymouth, Minnesota.
While pleased with our success, statistics showed that too few of those in need of hearing assistance were taking advantage of the
solutions available to them. I knew there had to be a better way to help more people.
The solution came while caring for a family member who had suffered a devastating medical mishap. I found myself performing tasks that I
believed required highly-trained medical professionals. I was told that times had changed and they had. With minimal training and excellent
support from medical professionals, I was soon administering IV medications and injections, as well as physical therapy on a routine-basis.
I knew I was capable of performing these tasks well and felt empowered. This experience made me realize that advances in technology
enable each of us to accomplish successes we never believed possible. Although it is not necessary, we become experts at everything we
do, with the right product, training and support, we can become self-reliant.
So why not apply that principle to hearing aids?
As a result, we launched America Hears Inc. in 2001 with a goal of helping people to be self-reliant. Our model is simple. We design,
develop and manufacture the most advanced digital hearing aids available today, programmed for and delivered directly to you.
Times have changed. Today's technological advances allow us to continue the journey we started 29 years ago and improve the lives of
as many hearing impaired people as we can. Baby boomers, including myself, want to live life to the fullest and embrace technology that
allows them to do so.
Every day, satisfied customers confirm our belief that hearing aids improve the quality of our lives. Empower yourself and your hearing with
help from America Hears. We look forward to working with you.
Henry C. Smith
President and CEO