CURRENT FINDLAY HEARING Aid Center owner Jodi Turnwald is pictured in the business’s Plaza Street location. Turnwald initially was hired as a part-time secretary, but has owned the business for the past five years. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

By LOU WILIN

STAFF WRITER

Findlay Hearing Center, 930 Plaza St., is in its 65th year of providing hearing aids.

Its current owner, Jodi Turnwald, had not planned to become so invested in the business when she arrived 20 years ago. She was a part-time secretary and college student wanting to become a veterinarian.

She got hooked in her third week in the office when she watched as a patient, who had gone long without hearing, was fitted with a hearing aid.

“I got to sit in on that and see their eyes light up. Their whole body just changes,” Turnwald said. “It was like an ah-ha moment.”

“‘This is what you were meant to do,'” she recalls thinking. “So I did it.”

When the full-time secretary left her job, Turnwald took the job. She learned the business and the trade. She later undertook an apprenticeship to become licensed to dispense hearing aids. Then she became certified in audio prostology, the science of hearing instruments.

Five years ago, she bought Findlay Hearing Center from Jane Rosengarten, who still owns the business’s Ottawa and Delphos locations.

Rosengarten and Tim Boehr, who had been employees, had bought the business from the original owner, Maurice Alexander. Boehr died about 20 years ago.

Alexander had a humble start with the business. The hearing aid salesman knocked on doors and first ran the business out of the trunk of his car. Then Alexander ran the business out of his garage, and then later a downtown location. In the 1980s, he moved the business to Plaza Street.

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