Michael

  • Location: New South Wales
  • Hearing Loss Type: Sudden post traumatic bilateral sensorineural hearing loss
  • Hobbies: Cars, bikes, camping with the family

My Hearing Journey

I was 38 years old when I was involved in a serious motorbike accident, which resulted in extensive injuries including a fractured skull and sudden deafness. It was lifechanging, and the hardest thing was not being able to hear my kid’s voices. After 6 months in intensive care and undergoing rehabilitation, my hearing loss was my biggest concern, and I was relieved to learn that there was a solution.

Life with My Implant

There are no words to describe what it was like hearing my children’s voices again. Getting my hearing back has also returned my confidence and is helping me to get my life back to normal. The sounds are different but with time it does get better. You just have to be patient. The simple things are the best things - being able to watch movies with my kids and to be able to go to bingo with my partner and hear the numbers being called out through the microphone.

My Role as A Mentor

I want to share my story and journey in the hope that I can help others who are on their journey.

My Top Tip

Don't be scared... just tackle it and get it done, because it is life changing. It is also a challenge, and what is life without a challenge.