I lost my hearing when I was nine years old from having the mumps. My hearing nerves were damaged which left me totally deaf.
I have coped very well in life with this handicap. I have never let it get me down or get in the way of my life. I would class myself an expert lip reader. Most people are not aware of my being deaf unless I tell them.
Well, after sixty year without my hearing, I thought it was time to see what could be done. I went down to Brisbane with my wife and our son who is a research doctor in the United States.
I had all the tests for the cochlear implant with Doctor Black. I have had the implant for one year now and am very happy with what I have achieved with it so far. I hear all the planes going over, the traffic, the phone ringing, the birds as well as hearing people’s voices, but I cannot understand what they say. That may come in time.
I have had a lot of trouble with the noise, and find it hard to cope with after so many years of quiet.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to my stepson Dr Glen Ulett, whose keen interest and organising all my appointments with the specialists, I was able to have the operation within a few months of his making the first phone call for me. He was very eager for this to happen for me and I will be forever grateful to him for bringing me back into the world of sound.
Thanks also to the rest of my family who were present on that special ‘switch on’ day. It is nice to know that your care. And thanks to my sister Marie.