ANTIOCH – The son of an audiologist, Kevin Garnett didn’t initially plan on following in his mother’s footsteps. However, even after becoming involved in another field, he nonetheless found his professional path leading homeward. “My mother is a longtime audiology professional and has owned Hearing Services of Antioch since 1994,” he explains. “I worked at the practice a little bit during high school, but I didn’t think it was something I was going to do as a career. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Information Systems, I started working in IT, but after a while I found that I wasn’t enjoying it very much. As I considered my options, my mom suggested I come back and work for her, so I decided to take her up on it. I started at the front desk and worked my way up to becoming a licensed hearing aid dispenser.”
Today, as a second-generation hearing care provider, Kevin reflects on the rewarding nature of his revamped career. “When I worked in IT, I primarily did troubleshooting for people’s computer problems, which was rewarding in a way, but it’s nothing compared to the fulfillment I get from my current job. Working in hearing health care gives me the opportunity to have a much bigger impact on people’s lives.”
A resident of Antioch, Kevin spends his time outside of work engaged in a variety of active pastimes. “My favorite activity is scuba diving, although I haven’t been in a while,” he says. “I also enjoy exploring new technologies, especially advancements in virtual reality. I’ve actually done VR scuba diving, which is cool, although it’s nothing compared to the real thing.” Kevin also enjoys going disc golfing and range shooting with his friends.
In regard to his professional career, Kevin believes in treating patients like family. “My mother has always tried to maintain a family atmosphere at her practice, and I’ve inherited that vision,” he explains. “I strive to treat each patient like a member of the family, working closely with them to help them achieve their goals.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Kevin says he’d take his scuba diving hobby to some exotic locations. “I’ve been scuba diving in Thailand and it was pretty awesome, so I’d definitely like to do some more of that. I’ve heard Borneo has some great scuba diving as well, so maybe I’d go there first.”