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Patient Mistakes Hearing Aid For Candy

Here’s a cautionary tale for those tempted to dip into the Halloween candy a bit early.

Not wanting to wait until the last minute, Mrs. G. has always purchased Halloween candy a few weeks early.

One recent night, the 87 year old Glendale patient was getting ready to watch “Dancing With The Stars”. Before the show started, she decided that a sweet morsel of chocolate would be rather gratifying. So she went to the kitchen and got a small box of Milk Duds from her Halloween stash.

She took the box with her back to her bedroom and while keeping an eye on her TV, she got back into bed. “I reached for my Milk Duds,” Mrs. G. explains, “and poured a couple onto the nightstand. I then grabbed a few of the morsels in my hand and started to munch.” So far so good.

“As I was enjoying the chocolate and caramel taste, it appeared that one of my Milk Duds was not as fresh as the others. One was rather crunch and I couldn’t get it to soften up, no matter how hard I tried.”

Mrs. G. became puzzled by the Milk Dud. Finally, she removed the dud Dud from her mouth as she wanted to see what the problem was.

“I found out …”

Apparently, Mrs. G. had left her hearing aid on the nightstand and when she grabbed the Milk Duds, she also grabbed her hearing aid! The hearing aid was now coated with chocolaty goodness. Fortunately, it wasn’t totally destroyed nor was there any dental damage.

Because the hearing aid still under warranty, there was no charge to repair the damage and get her hearing aid back in ship-shape performance. But she learned her lesson.

“As much as I love my Halloween candy, I’ll be sure to notice what I’m eating!”

About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at

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