KULPMONT - People in need of a high-quality hearing aid consultation, fitting, device and service in the area haven't had to look far for the past 45 years, thanks to Lentini Hearing Aid Center, 14 E. Chestnut St. (Route 61). Frank Lentini, owner, operator and sole employee since its inception, is a Pennsylvania-registered fitter and takes courses every year for continuing education credits.

"If they want an excellent hearing aid fitting at a good price, this is the place to come," Lentini said.

Since his business opened, he has lived in the same building where his office is located.

"I am a full-timer. I live here," he said.

Lentini also believes he has a more intimate knowledge of how a hearing aid's inner workings operate since he attended and graduated from Williamsport Technical Institute (now the Penn State Pennsylvania College of Technology) and worked in the electronics industry for six years. His last job was with Bell Laboratories, Allentown, in the development of microchips before coming back home to the coal region.

" Therefore, I am comfortable with new technology," he said, noting that he deals in both analog and digital hearing aids. "I can fine -tune modern hearing aids much better and easier than in the past. I can really get to the heart of a customer's problem more easily. The technology makes it more specific and accurate than ever before."

Lentini, originally of Kulpmont, returned in 1967 because of his love for his family and the area itself. He started a television sales and services business and soon added hearing aids. He gave up the television side of the business to focus on hearing aids in 1969. He has been there ever since.

Lentini offers 30-day free trials with weekly visits during the trial period if adjustments are necessary. After the 30 day trial, people can make an informed decision whether the benefit is worth the cost, offering easy terms to pay for it.

"Again, this is the place to come for a hearing aid," said Lentini.

Lentini Hearing Aid Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and before and after hours by appointment. Lentini is closed on Sunday. For more information or to schedule a fitting, call 570-373-5505.