Category: Hearing Protection
SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT: Steve’s Passion for Improving People’s Lives Every day!
This month we decided it long overdue to spotlight one of our valued team members. Well, they are all valued but this month we feel compelled to share Steve’s story. Steve has been with our team as a Hearing Specialist now for 4 years. What makes him so special is each and every day he looks forward to the ability to greatly improve the lives of the people he helps. He states, “The perfect day is most definitely to have someone to help sitting with me at the HAC every hour of the day!!”
“I’M GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN BLESSED!”
Steve undeniably accredits his long-term success and his favorite part of working at Lucid Hearing to the support from his Direct Managers (DM), General Managers (GM), and the entire support staff at corporate headquarters.
Over the past 4 years, Steve has had many many memorable experiences with providing hearing assistance and helping numerous people Hear Better. He shared a few of these experiences with us.
“WE GOT OUR DAD BACK!”
“The family of I gentleman I helped hear better from this last spring just before Easter came in as a whole [family] at his one-week checkup super thrilled because “We got our Dad back!” Super cool to say the least!
Steve could spend all day explaining all day why he got into this line of work, but the biggest reason is his desire to help people. He goes on to describe a recent experience where a man who, “…only had one usable ear.” And this usable ear had a severe and profound loss with very poor discrimination (word recognition). He goes on to explain all communication between him and his wife was all but lost. Immediately upon fitting him and after only a few words spoken by his wife, they both began to cry tears of job which he declares is, “Exactly what this job is about!”
“IT IS RECIPROCAL”
Helping people, comforting people in need and striving to utilize the best strategies for optimal health is normal practice for Steve. Steve believes Lucid’s unique product line and approach addresses hearing assistance and augmentation in a unique and compelling way. Lucid’s revolutionary technology and commitment to providing first-time users to experienced users quality service. From the initial screening to one’s unique fitting needs, through our continued service proves Lucid Hearing’s “dedication to making sure each and every patient receives the value they deserve.” Steve is humbled by the value and assistance he brings to his patients. Equally, he notes, “it is reciprocal.” His patients bring joy and an ultimate sense of fulfillment to his life.
JOYS OF THE JOB
Steve has noticed hearing assistance and hearing aids change the impaired and their families’ lives for the better. One of the many joy’s of his job is watching the profound change that takes place from start-to-finish from life before being tested to receiving the benefits of wearing our products! The life-changing improvement and all around the improvement of the overall quality of life is no doubt one of the best pars of his job. “The most important benefit to a dedicated fitting is when the patient’s ability to maintain and improve relationships with family and friends is accomplished because of our products and our dedication.”
Often, Steve explains, “one of the biggest surprises is when they realize they have a loss and it isn’t because other people are mumbling.” He goes on to describe once they experience a product demonstration they quickly hear and are able to fully understand what and how much they have been missing out on and exactly how their life can be improved!
When Steve is not helping his patients hear better, he enjoys spending time in the garden learning and eating healthy. We are lucky to have Steve’s expertise, loyalty, and his dedication on our team!
First…Let’s Discuss “Pollution”
During adolescence when I would hear the word, pollution, I would immediately picture a billow of radioactive green gas oozing out of a manhole. Over time, my perception about pollution shifted to the dense gray line of smog lingering over Los Angeles’ horizon. And the “Swimming is Not Advised” sign on the beaches of Santa Monica due to high levels of toxic bacteria from sewage and beach trash. I’d be willing to bet most of you imagine something similar. That being said, the term “Noise Pollution” never entered my mind coming close to holding a candle to chemical pollutants.
According to Wikipedia, “pollution” is the introduction of impurities into a natural environment that causes an adverse change. With this information, we need to understand the definition of “pollution” expands beyond chemical substances. Another popular form of pollution is energy based. This includes heat, light, and the most popular form of noise pollution.
Is it Real…
Noise pollution, also known as environmental noise or sound pollution comes in many forms. Because we cannot see it, smell it, or taste it takes a back seat to the air, water, and chemical pollution conversation when discussing the adverse effects. Environmentalists define noise pollution as, consistent exposure to elevated sound levels. This exposure can lead to adverse effects in humans or other living organisms.
Universally our environments are constantly filled with noise pollution. In fact, noise pollution is so prevalent we often do not even notice. Or we simply categorize it as annoying. That said, we cannot ignore the confirmed adverse effects of constant sounds (muffled, low, and loud) has on our overall health. The World Health Organization, states 8 hours or more exposure to constant sound levels beyond 85 decibels beyond can be dangerous.
Is it Harmful…
Health problems associated with noise pollution dates back as far as 2,000 years ago. When sounds keep you from sleeping or the environmental/household noise starts to give you a headache, it stops becoming just noise and becomes noise pollution. Ones living condition’s proximity to roadways, industrial operations can make it difficult to sleep without waking up or sleeping through the night uninterrupted. This can result in sleep deprivation, lack of mental and physical performance at school or work thus adversely affect their psychological and physical health.
As well, household forms of noise pollution including the television, a stereo, the humming of a fan, and even a bird constantly chirping can disrupt the natural rhythm of your life. Noise pollutants can compound stress levels and contribute to adverse cardiovascular effects. Consequently, increased incidences of coronary artery disease have been linked to individuals exposed to noise pollution.
Additionally, noise poses a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health. Exposure to heavy noise levels in a learning environment or residences can negatively interfere with a child’s learning and behavior as they develop.
Unfortunately, our world is such it is difficult to escape unwanted noise. This compounded with the fact noise pollution does significantly affect many people’s health, it is vital we take steps to reduce noise. Conditioning our society to be less noisy on a whole.
Examples of Noise Pollution
Airports, Train Stations, Metro Station, Subway
Cars, Buses, Motorcycles
Construction Sites (Heavy Machinery Operation)
Pedestrians & Street Traffic
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