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Today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids smash old stigma

Gen Xer says his “quality of life has absolutely improved.”
Audibel hearing aid specialist Scott Smith, HIS, fits local patient Steve Remish with a set of highly advanced Audibel hearing aids.
Audibel hearing aid specialist Scott Smith, HIS, fits local patient Steve Remish with a set of highly advanced Audibel hearing aids. [ Audibel ]
Published Jun. 16
Updated Jun. 16

Hearing loss – that’s a problem only seniors need to worry about, right?

Think again. While hearing issues are certainly more prevalent among older folks, damage from everyday noise – blaring traffic, concerts, loud restaurants, sporting events and high volume on headphones/ earbuds – has been steadily growing among Americans of all ages, not just Baby Boomers.

There’s a shared misconception among individuals belonging to younger generations that one can be “too young” to wear hearing aids. In fact, most eventual hearing aid users wait an average of 10 years before getting help, which can make the hearing loss much worse.

People like Steve Remish have brushed off the stigma that hearing aids make users look old. A Gen Xer, Steve was fitted with a set of high-tech Audibel hearing aids, which are nearly impossible to see once inside his ear. “Almost no one notices when I’m wearing them – the hearing aids are practically invisible,” he said.

Steve first started noticing his hearing loss when typical daily sounds became very muffled, causing him to completely miss certain tones and noises. This problem spread to his social life, creating embarrassing situations where he chronically asked friends and loved ones to repeat sentences they’d just spoken to him moments before. “I dreaded social occasions and shied away from groups of people,” he recalled. “My girlfriend was also frustrated with having to repeat herself at least 10 times a day. I felt audibly numb.”

Steve scheduled a hearing consultation and examination at his local Audibel office, where one of the company’s friendly hearing aid specialists conducted an audiometric test of his ears, explaining the results to Steve with a detailed audiogram. He was then fitted with state-of-the-art hearing aids that have since changed his life for the better. “My quality of life has absolutely improved,” he shared. “I’ve been putting myself in nearly every environment I can think of just so I can experience and enjoy all the newfound sounds.”

Like Steve, you can gain a better quality of life through proper 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. “The Audibel experience is one I would happily recommend to anyone with hearing loss,” Steve said.

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.