Local woman reconnects with loved ones through better hearing

Above: Audibel hearing aid specialist Rick Stegbauer BC-HIS, assists patient Lois Sills during a recent follow-up visit.

From confusion and frustration to social isolation, the numerous ways that living with hearing loss can affect your personal life cannot be understated.

For Lois Sills, miscommunication was a very common occurrence. Before she was fitted with a pair of top-of-the-line Audibel hearing aids, Lois often found herself unable to comprehend what was being said to her – sometimes to comical effect.

“I was mishearing a lot of things, especially when speaking with my grandchildren,” she shared. “For example, they once told me about something going on at school which I misinterpreted as ‘grapefruit.’ And they’d go, ‘What Grandma?!’

“It was so far out of left field; I couldn’t even imagine how I’d made that kind of connection. My misinterpretations also created a lot of needless arguments with my husband.”

Despite years of her family insisting she get fitted for hearing aids, Lois was still apprehensive about the whole concept. She, of course, knew she needed to address her hearing issues, but as a retiree on a fixed income, she was concerned about finances. “I was very nervous about the whole thing,” she recalled.

When Lois scheduled an appointment at her nearest Audibel location, her concerns were immediately put to rest when the company’s easy payment plan was explained to her. During Lois’s initial consultation and examination, a friendly Audibel hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of her ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. She was then fitted with state-of-the-art rechargeable hearing aids, wearing them during a convenient 45-day trial period with weekly appointments so she could familiarize herself with the devices.

According to Lois, the experience has transformed her life for the better. “My grandkids, husband and friends no longer have to repeat things over and over again – I feel connected,” she said. “And I can finally understand the music I like again. I listen to heavy metal, and I actually have to turn down the music now – it is loud.”

Like Lois, you can improve your overall quality of life through better hearing. All 27 convenient Audibel Hearing Centers throughout the Tampa Bay Area offer free hearing screening with no obligation, as well as a unique 45-day trial on most hearing aids.

“My experience with Audibel has been fantastic,” Lois shared. “Everyone was very helpful, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around.”

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.

From serving in the Korean War to working as a butter inspector for the federal government, it’s safe to say James Stuck has been leading an interesting, often unpredictable life.

A veteran artilleryman for the U.S. military, James spent seven months in a Korean combat zone, enduring an especially harsh winter with freezing temperatures approaching 30 below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. “All gave some; some gave all,” he notes, quoting fellow veteran and Purple Heart recipient Howard William Osterkamp.

After he completed his years of military service, James became the ultimate butter connoisseur during his time working as a dairy inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Evaluating up to 200 butter samples per day (possible more on certain occasions), James graded butter based on their taste, aroma, texture and color- the perfect samples received the USDA’ s coveted “AA” rating. Despite all those years tasting butter, James’s cholesterol remained surprisingly low.

Decades late, the sings of aging manifested in James in t the form of a perforated eardrum that prevented him from enjoying sounds, conversations and performances at his favorite dinner theater. “I love going to the Show Palace for dinner and shows, but I was missing everything due to having trouble hearing,” he said.

After reading about Audibel in this very newspaper, James was determined to seek help with improving his hearing. During his initial hearing consultation and examination, a friendly and compassionate Audibel hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of James’s ears, explaining its results to him with a detailed audiogram. “It was the most thorough evaluation I’ve ever had,” James shared. ‘’

He was fitted with state-of-the-art wireless hearing aids for his specific issues- and he could not believe how much he was previously missing without them.

“My friends and family have welcomed me to the “Better Hearing Club”, he chuckled. Like James, 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.

“ I can’t say enough about Audibel- they have been fantastic,” James added.

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.

Dorothy Marvel is no stranger to disabilities. Her father lost his hand in a farming accident when Dorothy was only one year old. In her twenties, she lost most of her hearing due to calcium hardening in her inner ear and had to get corrective surgery.

Now retired, Dorothy volunteers at her local church, helping autistic children with daily activities. She sees a lot of herself in the children she works with.

“When you have a disability, you are different, but you don’t want to be treated differently,” she shared.

Dorothy has struggled with deafness for nearly her entire life. She has undergone multiple surgeries and often encountered tinnitus (a loud ringing in her ears) and has mostly relied on reading lips. When other people became judgmental about Dorothy’s inability to hear them, she became discouraged.

“It was disheartening to see the look on people’s faces thinking something was wrong with me because I couldn’t understand what they were saying,” she reflected.

Since Dorothy’s father had success with his hearing loos thanks to Audibel, the only American-made-and-operated hearing aid manufacturer in the world, she decided it was time to buy her first pair of hearing aids. During her initial consultation and examination at Audibel, a friendly hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Dorothy’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. She 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.

Dorothy is amazed by the results and couldn’t be happier with Audibel’s service throughout the entire process.

“I can now sit and listen to people talk to me without having to guess what they’re saying,” she beamed. “Everyone at Audibel was so caring and encouraging. Their bedside manner was better than all the other doctor’s I’d worked with because they were so gentle and took the time to teach me how to hear the sounds of the world.”

Like Dorothy, 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.

“Audibel reaffirmed that you’re just like everyone else- you just have a slight hearing problem,” Dorothy added.

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.