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High-tech hearing aids help local woman become bridge champion

And her much-improved hearing impacts nearly every aspect of her life.
Audibel hearing aid specialist John Scott, HIS (center), poses with Carl Selavka and patient Janet Selavka during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at
Audibel hearing aid specialist John Scott, HIS (center), poses with Carl Selavka and patient Janet Selavka during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at [ Audibel ]
Published Jun. 16
Updated Jun. 16

Janet Selavka is an avid bridge player. You can find her and her teammate, Betty, at their local bridge league every Saturday afternoon without fail. However, their enthusiasm doesn’t always translate to winning. “We generally finish at the bottom of the standings,” Janet said bashfully.

Despite the losing streak, Janet remains a good sport who believes playing the game is all about having fun.

A retired school teacher and principal, Janet has been married to her husband, Carl, for 67 years. Yet, their conversations have been recently limited due to her hearing loss.

“I became very frustrated because I was having a hard time hearing him,” she shared. “We would have to be face-to-face in order for me to hear him.”

Between her struggles communicating with her bridge partner and her husband, Janet knew she had to do something about her worsening hearing. Fortunately, she came across a newspaper ad for Audibel, the only American-owned-and-operated hearing aid manufacturer in the world, and made an appointment.

During her initial consultation and examination at Audibel, a friendly hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Janet’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. Janet 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 she could familiarize herself with the devices.

Janet’s been amazed by the results. “I speak confidently now, and I can finally hear my friends and family. I’m also able to carry a conversation with my husband from a different part of the house.”

This wasn’t the only good news. Since being tailored with her new hearing aids, Janet and her partner finished in first place out of 15 teams at her local bridge league. “I was shocked to see us at the top!” she beamed. “I called Betty up and we laughed and laughed about it, and my husband even printed it out for us to have.”

To all the other bridge players out there: watch out – there’s a new and improved challenger ready to form a winning dynasty.

Like Janet, 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, no-risk 45-day trial on all hearing aids with a 100-percent refund if you’re unsatisfied with the results.

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