Dean Kent MS, CCC-A

Audiologist, Owner


When it comes to telling the story of the Grand Island hearing Aid Center it’s important to go back to its founder, Laverne Almquist, and the influence she has had on the success of the 40 -year business.

Laverne Almquist, aunt to Roxann Ellison, started the business in 1971. Almquist held license No. 1 in Nebraska for hearing instrument dispensers and fitters. Also, Almquist was instrumental in organizing and founding the then Nebraska Hearing Aid Dispensers and Fitters Organization, which is now the Nebraska Hearing Society.

Almquist was 57 when she opened the Grand Island Hearing Aid Center on Second Street in downtown Grand Island. She was a respected businesswoman and worked until her death at age 71.



Now Featuring Beltone from “The Kent Family”

A lifetime of education – A lifetime of Caring!


If you’re curious about the world of better hearing, we invite you to learn why Beltone is the choice of millions when it comes to fantastic hearing care.

At Beltone, we take an approach to hearing care that no other company can match. It’s based on connecting with you as a person—and understanding what you enjoy in life and what’s important in a healthcare partner. Every hearing care solution we offer is tailored to a patient’s individual needs.

You’ll notice the difference from the moment you call the office to schedule your baseline hearing evaluation. And, you’ll feel it every time you visit Beltone for your annual screening, a hearing aid fitting, or simply to buy new batteries.


Grand Island Hearing Aid Center is a technologically advanced hearing care facility with prices to fit all budgets. We are licensed by the Nebraska Department of Health and certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.

Member of IHS. International Hearing Society

Member of NHS. Nebraska Hearing Society