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“For people to recognize that I’m hearing and not just surviving but thriving – that means a lot to me.” – Reed, age 37

Reed Doughty is a former professional football player with hereditary hearing loss. He first noticed he had some issues with hearing loss when he was about six years old and throughout his youth, he would sit in front during school to hear his teachers.

Watch Reed share his Signia story

During his rookie year playing professionally, his coach noticed he was having trouble hearing in the meeting room and suggested Reed get hearing aids, which helped him tremendously. Although he no longer plays, Reed is busy as a husband, father of four, and athletic director at a school in Denver.

The latest hearing technology

For the past five years, Doughty had been using an earlier pair of Signia’s hearing aids with great success. When it was time for a new pair, he tested out another manufacturer’s device. Ultimately, he went back to Signia for its newest revolutionary technology.

“I started wearing the Signia Pure Charge&Go X, and for me it really was an opportunity to wear something sleek and, more importantly, something that could give me really good sound quality,” Reed said.

Better hearing in any situation

With their acoustic-motion sensors, the Pure Charge&Go X hearing aids adapt to different situations to help Reed understand conversations from any direction throughout his busy day.

“I go from a weight room, to a board meeting room, to a classroom, to an athletic field, to the loud gym, to home with four kids, to a dinner out with my wife,” Reed said. “Being able to navigate these settings and not just get through but actually enjoy those experiences is great, because those loud and differing environments can be frustrating for someone with hearing loss.”

Reed’s Pure Charge&Go X hearing aids also help him detect sound from any direction, adapting automatically to wear the speech is coming from. Additionally, his lithium-ion rechargeable batteries last all day on a single charge, so he doesn’t have to worry about them shutting down during an important moment.

“A lot of times with hearing loss, you hear things but don’t know where they’re coming from. Now I feel oriented – that I can hear a conversation and hear where it’s coming from.”

Even his own voice sounds better

But it’s not just other people’s voices that sound better – even how Reed hears himself speak is enhanced with the hearing aids thanks to Signia’s world’s first Own Voice Processing.

“One of the awkward things about hearing loss is that when you start wearing hearing aids, your own voice is amplified and it feels like you’re in a tunnel. You just don’t sound like yourself or like the way you sound. But it just has a very natural sound.”

Hearing loss won't go away on its own—choose Signia today!

It’s estimated that about 15% of American adults, or 38 million people, have some level of hearing loss. If left untreated, the effects of hearing loss can be far ranging, from straining relationships with family and friends, to affecting your career. And the longer treatment is put off, the more damaging the effects of hearing loss can be.

It’s estimated that about 15% of American adults, or 38 million people, have some level of hearing loss. If left untreated, the effects of hearing loss can be far ranging, from straining relationships with family and friends, to affecting your career. And the longer treatment is put off, the more damaging the effects of hearing loss can be.

If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, you can quickly sign up to begin your Signia technology trial by filling out our brief form. After a hearing test and diagnosis, you can begin taking the next steps toward restoring you or your loved one’s hearing and stop missing out on life’s most special moments.

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