Bells ringing, whistles blowing, excited chatter, sneakers squeaking on the gymnasium floor, competitive cheering and announcements over the PA system: these are all sounds that Joseph Griffin has been exposed to on an almost daily basis as a physical education teacher for the past 37 years.
Recent research suggests that educators like Joseph are at an increased risk for occupational noise-induced hearing loss. And, unfortunately, Joseph is not an exception to this finding.
Years went by before the local PE teacher first noticed his hearing was deteriorating. “The sounds just went down,” he recalled. “I was watching a football game on TV, then all of a sudden I felt like the analysts announcing the game weren’t talking into the microphone. I just could not hear the sound and kept turning the TV up.”
Naturally, these hearing issues followed Joseph to the gym and the classroom. Communication with his students, colleagues and administrators became burdensome.
“It was very easy to withdraw from conversations,” he shared. “I can see how social isolation develops now–you feel so left out. You feel like you’re missing something, lose interest, and next thing you know, you’re fighting depression.”
After a friend recommended hearing aids as a solution to Joseph’s woes, he decided to check out Audibel, due to its glowing reputation and the fact that he lived near one of the company’s hearing centers. During his initial hearing consultation and examination, a friendly and compassionate Audibel hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Joseph’s ears, explaining its results to him with a detailed audiogram. He was then fitted with state-of-the-art wireless hearing aids for his specific issues – and he’s noticed a striking difference in his quality of life.
“My hearing aids have helped me tremendously,” he said. “I have better conversations with everyone at work and in my personal life. I feel more included and am very happy with everything.”
Like Joseph, you can gain a better 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. “Audibel has been very professional, helpful and willing to do everything they can to make my experience as pleasant as possible,” Joseph shared. “Whenever friends have contacted me about hearing aids, I’ve told them to go to Audibel – they’ll fix you right up.”
Your journey to better hearing begins today: Call your nearest Audibel Hearing Aid Center to schedule your complimentary hearing screening. Visit FloridaHearing.com for more information.