Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Richard Navarro.
So Dr. Navarro, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a child, I was always in trouble in school and was involved in a fight with other students about once a week. I still did well in school so although I was in trouble with the principal, I was good academically. I was hurt in a football accident in 8th grade and missed most the year due to chronic headaches. During the course of the workup for my headaches, I underwent an EEG. I was lying on a table and the neurologist told me to close my eyes but would then say something else and I would open my eyes to look at him. After several episodes of this, the neurologist raised the question about the possibility of me being hearing impaired. After the diagnosis of hearing loss, I was fit with a large pocket hearing aid (about the size of a pack of cigarettes) and a long cord going to my ear. As a teen interested in girls, I hated it and stopped wearing it after a few weeks. As I progressed into high school, I found it increasingly difficult to do well in classes and consequently used every excuse I could to not go to school.
Since I was the oldest male on the family farm, it was easy to find a reason to stay home. As a result, I no longer did well in school and suffered through the first two years barely passing. Near the beginning of my Junior year, I quit school to work in a hardware store for 90 cents an hour. My boss would yell at me every day as I swept the floors that I was too bright to push a broom the rest of my life and I should go back to school. After a year, I finally agreed with him. I continued to work for him part time and went back to school but had to go to summer school and take extra classes to catch up with my class. Since I now applied myself to school, I went from flunking out to being an honor roll student. I set my goal on going to college but had not taken (or flunked) the college prep courses. There were 6 kids in my family and we did not have money for me to go to college so I enrolled in Jr. college and worked full time to support myself. I would frequently fall asleep in class but I did well academically as I was named to the Dean’s List a number of times and was Phi Theta Kappa. As a sophomore, I transferred to Western Michigan University to the speech pathology program. After a year in that program, I was counseled to find another career because I could not hear well enough. About that same time, I took my first audiology course and one of my professors arranged for me to get a hearing aid from Vocational Rehabilitation. At that point, I was hooked to audiology. I refused to leave speech pathology and took a course that required I transcribe speech impairments the next year from the same professor who counseled me to leave the program. I aced the course and she apologized to me for advising me to leave the program but I had already decided to go into audiology. These two professors arranged for me to get Vocational Rehabilitation help and persuaded the Speech Pathology Department to give me a tuition scholarship as well as a stipend so I could quit my night job. I also got a scholarship to graduate school and eventually got a full scholarship at Vanderbilt University Medical School in the Ph.D. program. I now know that many of the behaviors I exhibited in school were directly related to the fact that I could not hear well. I have practiced audiology since 1971 and have helped thousands of people hear better either directly or through the students I taught as a former university professor. I have founded and operated 3 successful audiology practices with the current one in Grapevine, Love To Hear Again. As my hearing has continued to deteriorate, I now find it increasingly difficult to function and am working to grow into a different vocation. Since I have been an inventor since I lived on the farm, I have 14 inventions, 3 patents and 2 patents pending. My experience on the farm taught me a love for nature and I have created a new way to produce electricity using water to drive the turbines but without a dam. My new company, Creative Minds Solutions, LLC is working to bring low cost renewable electricity to people around the world.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, but it has been fun! Hearing loss has been a challenge since I was very young. Hearing aids were not as good back then as they are now.
Love To Hear Again, Inc – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Love to Hear Again we specialize in solving hearing and tinnitus problems. Dr. Elyssa Washburn joined the practice in 2016. We seek to help everybody who needs hearing help and offer a wide variety of products so we can find the right solution for each person regardless of how much they can afford. We take a holistic approach to audiology as we work with the patient to deal with the cause of the hearing loss or tinnitus instead of just slapping a device on their ear.
We specialize in solving hearing and tinnitus problems and look for the cause of the tinnitus before we start to treat the problem. We use Shaklee Food Supplements for some patients who may have various nutritional problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes, or poor nutrition.
We also work with the Grace Community Medical Clinic where we donate our services and refurbish used hearing aids for low income individuals. With Senior Care Physicians, we help nursing home patients with their hearing.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment for me so far was when my father told me he was proud of me! I have been blessed with earning multiple degrees, being invited to serve my fellow man in so many ways including the Wisconsin Governor’s Select Committee on the Deaf and the White House Conference on the Disabled. I was thrilled to do two missions to Central America (UNICEF and an international adoption agency) to help orphans and hearing impaired children, I have great kids and grandkids!
I am hopeful that my new project of providing low cost renewable energy to millions of people will give me this same sense of accomplishment.
- Address: 1111 S. Main Street, Suite 134
- Website: www.Love2hearagain.com
- Phone: 817 865 5034
- Email: Luv2hearagain@gmail.com
- Facebook: Love To Hear Again
Dr. Elyssa Washburn