Police Officer Lives Life to the Fullest with Styletto Connect
"Everything just fell into place." - Darren, age 42
After a lifetime of public service, Darren realized it was time to take care of himself for a change. After being fitted with Styletto Connect, Darren has noticed significant improvements to his hearing. Now, he has regained the confidence to take charge of his life at work and at home. Read on for his incredible story:
“When I was a child, I had a double ear infection that went undiagnosed for some time.
I had tubes in both ears. Ever since then, my hearing had been affected. But in the past five years, it became steadily worse, especially when it comes to soft sounds and high pitches.
As a police officer, you can’t really control where your work takes you. It could be a quiet atmosphere, where you’re whispering – like when you’re doing a house search. Or it can be a noisy, high-speed chase on the highway. When my hearing started to decline, it made work – and life overall – more difficult.
Taking the first step
I finally decided to get help. I guess I just had enough of constantly saying “what?” all the time. My wife said that was becoming more consistent and I was also having a tougher time speaking with my kids, who are six, four, and three.
After doing a lot of research, Signia was my number one choice for hearing aids. I went to see my audiologist, Dr. Sgarlato, and she said that I had significant hearing loss for someone my age.
My fitting for my Styletto Connects took a few trips for adjustments and fine-tuning. Dr. Sgarlato was amazing; she worked very closely with me to fine-tune the fit. Honestly, she changed my life. When I see her, she gets a big hug. She has an awesome personality – she’s perfect at what she does.
Hearing at its best, no matter the environment
The shape of the Styletto Connect is amazing – people don’t even know I am wearing them! And with their new, state-of-the-art-technology – everything just fell into place.
Even though I did my homework, the Styletto Connect’s Bluetooth capabilities honestly surprised me. They have an app that controls volume, tones and other features. You can set up different noise scenarios with the app as well, and I find myself using it often. Depending on where I am, I can choose from programs like “Cinema,” “Outdoor” and “Sport.” You can switch the programs easily on the fly based on what you need. And they are all spot on.
Proven results for even the most active lifestyle
I’ve been using the Styletto Connects for a little over two months, and in that time, my hearing has drastically improved. My devices are with me when I’m on patrol, answering a volunteer fire call, or when I am watching baseball or hanging out at the beach with my family. I feel like my hearing is as good or even better than that of my colleagues. When I go out to dinner, I can hear the conversations at tables in the surrounding areas – not that I’m trying to!
They have changed my life in so many different ways, but the most important is being able to communicate better with my children and my wife – that has been a real gift. I feel like it has made everything better. For me, the Styletto Connect hearing aids have been perfect.
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.
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