Dan Gardner is an audiologist and long time member of the Florida Academy of Audiology. Dan was kind enough to share his own personal story as to why he sees the importance of helping those impacted by hearing loss.
Dan Gardner’s Personal Story:
My university studies toward a Marine Biology degree were abruptly halted by the U.S. Navy in 1969. Instead of studying ocean life I was suddenly navigating river patrol boats on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. One day an explosion blew out both my eardrums, blinded my right eye and temporarily blinded my left. I suffered extreme sensory deprivation. My scuba diving days were over and my verve to study oceanography disappeared. Some would think I was cheated by the events of Vietnam. Instead, my life was enriched by my decision to become an audiologist.