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For this local resident, hearing is believing

Thanks to his Audibel hearing aids, he can participate fully in life again.
Audibel hearing aid specialist Scott Smith, HIS (left), examines patient Theodore Talbot during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at
Audibel hearing aid specialist Scott Smith, HIS (left), examines patient Theodore Talbot during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at [ Audibel ]
Published Jun. 15
Updated Jun. 15

Theodore Talbot knew he had a hearing problem; to his family and friends, this was an understatement. Conversations became increasingly frustrating, especially since Theodore was initially slow in addressing the problem.

Theodore is not alone in this regard. According to the Better Hearing Institute, a staggering amount of people wait up to 15 years from the time they know they have hearing loss until they obtain their first hearing aids.

“I knew I was hard of hearing – everyone did,” Theodore recalled. “I was just too proud to deal with it.”

Of the 28.8 million Americans that could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than 30 percent of those over 70 years old have ever used them. That percentage drops to fewer than 16 percent for those aged from 20 to 69, according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

What finally convinced Theodore to get a hearing test? “I spent an entire vacation with a friend not realizing she was wearing hearing aids,” he shared. “The fact that she was wearing them convinced me that it was no big deal, and that I should at least get a hearing test.”

During his initial consultation and examination at his neighborhood Audibel, a friendly hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Theodore’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. He was then fitted with a pair of state-of-the-art wireless hearing aids, wearing them during a convenient 45-day trial period with weekly appointments, so he could familiarize himself with the devices.

Theodore had previously shopped around to find the best solution to his hearing problem, but what impressed him most about Audibel was the service. “I got a hearing test from another company, which was a little bit cheaper, but after I got my hearing test at Audibel, I called the other place up and cancelled,” he explained. “I was far more comfortable with Audibel’s service.”

Now fitted with a pair of highly advanced Audibel hearing aids, Theodore knows that he made the right choice.

“I can finally hear those conversations with my family and friends, which was the goal all along,” he said.

Like Theodore, you can improve your overall quality of life through better hearing. All 27 convenient Audibel Hearing Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area offer a free hearing screening with no obligation, as well as a unique 45-day trial on most hearing aids. “It’s all about people,” Theodore added. “I would certainly recommend Audibel to anyone wanting a more personal touch.”

Your journey to better hearing begins today: Call your nearest Audibel Hearing Aid Center to schedule your complimentary hearing screening. Visit for more information.