360 million people suffer from hearing loss across the world. This includes 3.5 million Australians – and I’m one of them.
As Hearing Awareness Week kicked off on Monday, I thought it would be a great time to share my story.
In my late teens, I was classified as being hearing impaired with profound hearing loss in both ears of high frequencies. To this day we still don’t know the cause. At the time, I didn’t think much of it as I had managed to get through high school with the occasional, “Sorry?” and “What?” I was a teen after all – I wasn’t supposed to be concentrating most of the time!
For many years I refused to believe it affected me. I refused to wear hearing aids as I didn’t like the look of them. Because I never committed to them, I didn’t realise how much they would help. I was in denial, a common occurrence in those with hearing loss.
It wasn’t until I met the girl of my dreams that I finally had the motivation to change. She encouraged me to look past my superficial worries, and accept that I needed hearing aids to get the most out of life.