Lynne tells her story
“It was at school that it became apparent to me that I had a problem,” recalls Lynne. “I used to go through whole periods sitting in class not really hearing well."
At four years old, Lynne contracted meningitis—an illness that would cause her to spend three months in hospital and lose her hearing in one ear.
“It was at school that it became apparent to me that I had a problem,” recalls Lynne. “I used to go through whole periods sitting in class not really knowing what was being said.”
As a smart and well-behaved student, Lynne was always placed in the back row of the class, but this only put more strain on her hearing. As Lynne moved into high school, she continued to be a very outgoing and social student, yet never spoke about her hearing loss.
“I didn’t talk about my hearing loss as I didn’t want anyone to know I couldn’t hear,” admits Lynne.
This changed when she turned 16 years old and met the young boy who was later to become her husband.
“I wrote Colin a letter telling him about my hearing problems, because I thought he might not want to continue going out with me. But he told me that he loved me anyway—even if I couldn’t hear him half the time,” laughs Lynne.
Over the years, Lynne has learned how to manage hearing in only one ear and continues to live a full life. But recently, she’s noticed many of her friends starting to lose their hearing and became concerned about the hearing in her good ear.
“I called Hearing Help because I’ve only got good hearing in one ear. But, if that starts to go, I won’t be able to hear—especially my gorgeous grandchildren,” says Lynne.
“I was delighted with my experiences with Hearing Help. The audiologist I spoke to was very helpful and recommended hearing devices that I could use and would make life a whole lot easier.”