Now Graham can hear the world around him

Graham's had a problem with his hearing for many years, and his family felt it was high time he did something about it. So we got together and worked out a way to get him to see us. When Graham came in for his free hearing check, we were waiting with a surprise message from his son Sam.

"To be honest I didn't quite know what to think when I heard Sam coming through the headphones. He's a bit of a joker and I thought that he was having me on. But you know, when I listened to what he had to say, the message was pretty clear - for everybody's sake I needed to get my hearing sorted. The first thing I noticed was that my favourite chair creaked when I sat down, and now I can hear every little word Sam has to say - whether he wants me to or not."

Supporting My Parents - Ronnel’s Story

Having elderly parents makes the worries about their health a daily concern. My 87-year-old dad keeps forgetting things and he even asked the doctor if this was an early sign of Alzheimer or dementia. The answer given by the doctor was that it was part of the aging process, which was not very reassuring.

Dad started to withdraw from community activities and even more so from us, his family. He was more “grumpy”, depressed and hard to communicate with. A friend asked him about his hearing and Dad thought it was adequate for an 87-year-old. However, I took him to Bay Audiology for a hearing test just in case there was an issue and they found that Dad actually has a severe loss of hearing. I’m not sure who was more shocked, me or my dad.