Dustin Feldman, a Phonak hEARo, motivational speaker and business owner, shares how his Phonak hearing aids contribute to him staying fit and healthy with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, music streaming and sweat resistance. He also shares the importance of inclusivity in the fitness industry and exciting news about his platform dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Modern hearing aids have revolutionized the way individuals with hearing impairments can lead active and healthy lives. With features like Bluetooth connectivity, sweat resistance, and music streaming, staying connected and engaged has never been easier.
Dustin’s Phonak Naida Marvels, come equipped with Bluetooth capabilities that enhance his active lifestyle. Whether he’s on the go or engaged in business calls, the seamless connection between his hearing aids and various devices, including his phone and MacBook Pro, keeps him dynamically connected.
“Being able to stay dynamically connected is exactly why I love Phonak’s motto, “Life is on”. It’s 100% true!” he says.
Dustin cites the ability to effortlessly switch between calls, music, podcasts, and other media as truly empowering.
Dustin was recently featured on the Peloton podcast called The Clip Out. In his interview, he speaks about he connects to his Peloton using the Bluetooth in his hearing aids to participate in classes.
Platforms like Peloton are working on incorporating live captions and lyrics into their classes, are paving the way for a more inclusive fitness experience. Such efforts ensure that everyone can participate and feel connected, regardless of their hearing abilities.
“I love music, so I naturally feel a bit left out when lyrics are being referenced, yet I don’t know what they’re saying or what the song means,” Feldmann says.
Fitness instructors can foster inclusivity by considering the needs of individuals with hearing impairments. Many workouts incorporate music and lyrics, making it challenging for those who are d/Deaf to fully engage.
Finding motivation in daily life is crucial for overall well-being.
“Over the years, I’ve learned how to balance my mental health,” Dustin says. “I prioritize staying active in the gym and by playing sports and I make sure I address my mental health and life’s daily challenges in a positive way. “
His newfound passion for Peloton – thanks to his soon-to-be-wife – have become instrumental in maintaining a positive mindset, he says. These outlets allow him to channel his energy, relieve stress, and focus on personal growth.
Embracing an active lifestyle, prioritizing mental well-being, and championing diversity and accessibility are vital steps toward a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
Align with this, Feldmann recently launched his business, HearsDustin LLC. The platform serves as a medium for sharing his story and amplifying the efforts of companies and organizations dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Through keynote speaking engagements, brand collaborations, and participation in events, he aims to raise awareness and promote positive change.