In our second installment of our “Ask the Expert” Hearing Care Practitioner blog series, we’re featuring HCP Greg Watson out of the Buffalo, New York area. Greg has been with Beltone for 13 years and in the hearing care business for 17 years! Let’s get to know Greg and why he is so passionate about hearing health!
What do you like best about your career?
The ability to transform a patient’s life and hearing in 45 minutes, every single day.
Why did you choose this career?
It was the first job interview out of college that I felt like I could make a major difference in the world. It was also the best decision I have ever made.
What was one of your most rewarding moments as a hearing care practitioner?
I have fit close to 6,000 hearing aids and everyone has a different story. Young adults always have a soft spot as I imagine myself in their shoes. I have waterfalls of tears on a monthly basis of people telling me how their lives have been dramatically transformed with the ability to hear again. But, fitting a 100 year old lady for the first time is hands down the most rewarding experience I have ever had. For the first time in 25 years I gave a human being the ability to converse with her family to enjoy the remaining days of her life. I will never forget this and hope we can all make it to 100 and are surrounded by people we love.
Do you have any accomplishments within your community you’re proud of?
I coach youth hockey which occupies 8 hours a week. This involves 4-8 year old’s learning a skill that most grown adults cannot obtain. I am coaching a travel team that is going to be nationally ranked and have taught all 16 kids how to play hockey. Now my 6-year-old is the best player on the team, so insert bragging rights here, but working with an elderly population during the day and children at night keeps a healthy balance in my life. I am proud of these kids!
What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes outside of the office?
I enjoy playing hockey, coaching hockey, watching hockey. Anything that has to do with sports you can count me in. I am a pretty good golfer, but that seems to slow down as life speeds up. Spending time with my family and friends is where I find my happy place. I have pretty good taste buds and refuse to eat at national chain restaurants, I love trying new and unique foods.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who was anxious about getting a hearing aid, what would it be and why?
Unlike heart disease or cancer, hearing loss is not going to kill you (unless your spouse kills you from not hearing). You can always remove the hearing aid and continue living, BUT once you realize the amazing benefits and how much you are missing, you will never want to be without your hearing aids. Have a little faith in me and together we can transform your life.