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Modern hearing aids help local man conquer social isolation

He didn’t realize hearing this well was even possible.
Audibel hearing aid specialist Keith Stegbauer, BC-HIS (left), examines patient Warren Thayer during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at FloridaHearing.com.
Audibel hearing aid specialist Keith Stegbauer, BC-HIS (left), examines patient Warren Thayer during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at FloridaHearing.com. [ Audibel ]
Published Jun. 16
Updated Jun. 16

Local resident Warren Thayer was tired of feeling left out.

His debilitating hearing loss was straining his relationships with friends and family – so much so that some of them were actively avoiding him. He found restaurants particularly frustrating; he would just smile and nod at ongoing conversations, usually oblivious to what anyone was saying. As a result, he began to feel isolated from the ones he loved.

“People would lose patience with me because I was always asking them to repeat themselves,” he recalled.

Warren is not alone in this regard. According to a Dutch study, hearing loss affects one of every five people and is strongly linked to loneliness. Every decimal drop in perception in people under 70 years old increases the odds of becoming severely lonely by seven percent.

Yet, the vast majority of people who suffer from hearing loss don’t seek help. According to studies by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, fewer than one in three adults ages 70 and older with hearing loss have ever used hearing aids.

Though Warren was initially skeptical about using hearing aids, he decided it was time to address his hearing loss after he saw a newspaper advertisement for Audibel, the only American-owned-and-operated hearing aid manufacturer in the world.

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

The results opened up a whole new world for Warren. “I don’t feel shut out anymore, and my mood is better,” Warren beamed. With his days of isolation and pretending to hear behind him, Warren is finally able to have conversations with his friends and loved ones, even in crowded restaurants.

His only regret? “I just wish I’d done this sooner. I didn’t think hearing this well was possible.”

Like Warren, you can improve your 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 FloridaHearing.com for more information.