From the roar of a football match to the bustling noises of an overseas food market – a world of dull hearing was hard to imagine for 32-year-old, Cameron.
A primary school sports teacher by background, Cameron was diagnosed with otosclerosis at age 14, a form of abnormal bone growth within the middle ear that causes progressive hearing loss.
“My hearing was getting to a point where I was struggling – I was getting embarrassed asking people to constantly repeat themselves,” recalled Cameron.
“Awkwardly laughing to cover up the fact that I hadn’t actually heard or understood what someone was saying no longer cut it.”
Cameron was recently fitted with a hearing aid through Hear and Say’s new Adult program, to help overcome the issues he was experiencing that were impacting his daily life.
Hear and Say’s Adult Hearing Rehabilitation Manager and audiologist, Georgia Cambridge said supporting people to make an informed, unbiased decision based on their individual lifestyles was one of the program’s top priorities.
“Everyone is different, so it’s important we provide clear, independent recommendations based on each person’s individual hearing loss and communication needs,” said Georgia.
For Cameron, his new technology has brought about “incredible” changes in his daily life.
“I am picking up on so much that I was previously missing; I’m no longer struggling and missing important dialogue at work, or feeling self-conscious of my hearing in large social situations where it can be overwhelming trying to concentrate so hard to hear,” said Cameron.
“The Hear and Say team have been very friendly and accommodating, and everything has been explained to me in as much detail as what I’ve wanted.
“I have really appreciated that my transition to wearing a hearing aid has been supported with the best outcome for me always as the priority.”