Hearing loss did not stop me from playing guitar. Not many people on MLP know this, but I've been dealing with hearing loss and tinnitus since I was 5 years old. Luckily, I had, and still have, enough hearing and clarity left to be able to enjoy music (can't imagine without it). I wear a single hearing aid on my left ear. As I got into my teens, I was already listening to different bands and artists, and it was then that I wanted to play guitar in high school. I was told "NO" by this music teacher, because I "couldn't hear well enough". Well, that was a bummer, but that didn't stop me from learning on my own. It was a challenge at first, from tuning my guitar to messing with my amp and hearing aid settings to get the tone I was looking for, but I've managed. Fast forward to 2006, I bought my very first Les Paul Studio in all mahogany. I wanted to share my love (obsession) with Gibson Les Pauls with others out there, so I created MyLesPaul.com. You guys have been great and I've learned a lot along the way. Fortunately, I was able to try out different guitars, including a 1956 Gibson Les Paul GT plugged into a 1966 Fender Deluxe Reverb. But without a good hearing aid, they ain't worth sh*t. So, in the pursuit of attaining the "perfect" hearing with different hearing aids, I found a hole in the market especially when it comes to musicians with hearing loss. I want to reach out and help others with a hearing loss find the right hearing solution, so my buddy Jason (affordablehearing) and I created HEAREX.com. Jason: My journey into music has been a long and joyful road. In fact, I don't even remember not knowing how to play an instrument. I come an extremely musical family and have always had music around me either by the radio constantly playing or the family breaking out a jam session. I learned to play guitar and mandolin by playing in these circles. I started my learning on guitar at the age of 3. Shortly after, other instruments: mandolin, bass, drums, and keyboards all crept into my pallet. This led to a constant exploration and always stimulating my need to know more. All throughout school “musician” was my identity. It was what I related to the most and I could say that it has almost been like a best friend or even an external limb. I have played music professionally since the age of 15 and has taken me into many great professional experiences such as becoming the lead guitarist for countless working/touring bands as well as nationally/internationally known artists. I am a current artist for Ernie Ball. Music Man Guitars and Hughes and Kettner Amps. Additionally, I have obtained a passionate career as a record producer and studio player. Along the way of reaching my musical dreams… I also achieved a degree in Audiology (had to supplement the extravagant payroll that musicians make… I kid). I have fit hearing aids for over 17 years and have always fallen back on my musical experiences in how we want things to sound. I love helping people hear- especially musicians. Music and hearing are synonymous and guitarists are especially finicky when it comes to how they sound. This is what led Alex and me to start HEAREX.com. We want to focus on hearing for musicians. Relying on my 17 years of helping musicians hear, we want to fill this void for any musician that is struggling to be happy with the way their hearing aids sound and bring joy/hope back to their ears. We have taken the time to select hearing tech that can not only meet your hearing loss but also help the way you hear your instruments naturally or as naturally as possible. Not to mention the reliability that we can stand by. I think it is about time that musicians are taken care of with their hearing loss and the way it relates to hearing aids and their instruments! Don’t you? I am excited to present our company to you and look forward to helping you hear! For all of our MLP Friends, we would like to offer additional special discount. Use the discount code MLP5 and get 5% OFF on all Phonak hearing aids. Free domestic shipping included!