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Kath’s wellbeing includes looking after her hearing

What first began as a short-term job in a small school, working with students facing additional needs, evolved into a treasured 26-year career for Sunshine Coast teacher aide and librarian, Kath.

Kath’s passion for supporting children to reach their educational outcomes helped fuel her initial interest in Hear and Say years ago, which from its Nambour-based centre was working with many children with hearing loss around the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

“As an existing supporter of Hear and Say I was well aware of just how much wonderful work they do and their contribution to improving the lives of so many,” said Kath.

“When the opportunity arose recently for me to have my hearing checked at Hear and Say, I was delighted. My hearing had almost become an embarrassment, but I was reluctant to make the next step until I realised how foolish it was to rely on the television subtitles or just sit quietly at group meetings unless I was the one leading the conversation.”

With visiting appointments from audiologist, Georgia Cambridge at the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre several times each month, Kath said the opportunity to have her hearing assessment locally had been “an added bonus”.

“Georgia’s calm, professional and reassuring nature immediately put me at ease, and her explanations following the test regarding my hearing loss and different hearing technologies available were delivered in such a way that I did not at any time feel foolish or intimidated,” said Kath.

Kath urged anyone feeling anxious about taking the next step to address their hearing issues to reach out, and find out more about what’s available to meet individual needs.

“If you are hesitant about the transition, consider contacting Hear and Say – even if it’s just to have a chat and learn what they can provide,” said Kath.

“For me, as they say, the rest is history.”

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