Overjoyed to hear clearly at last
After a lifetime vowing never to wear hearing aids and a dozen ear operations, Dave Callingham is kicking himself for not having acted decades earlier.
Earlier this year he visited an Applied Hearing clinic for a free hearing test and when he saw what hearing aids had become, opted to try a pair of completely-inthe-canal digital aids.
“Why I did not do this 40 years ago is beyond me,” says the semi-retired businessman living in Kaiaua who has suffered varying degrees of hearing loss since birth.
“I bunged them in all day from day one and after a few visits for fine tuning, the result is amazing.”
Conversations, phone calls, bird song, television at normal volume and all sorts of other background noises have come back into focus. “The family have noticed a tremendous difference.”
Dave Callingham has plenty of praise for the continuing professional care he has received from Applied Hearing at its Auckland and Thames clinics, in particular audiometrist Steve Atley, and for the broad range of brand hearing aids it offers.
An estimated 10 percent of New Zealanders report some degree of hearing loss.
Applied Hearing audiologist Alan Ferguson says this number is expected to grow as we expose our ears to ever noisier environments – MP3 players being the latest worry to make headlines.
Like many people who should wear hearing aids but don’t, Dave Callingham was put off by past aids that used old technology.
As a boy growing up in London, he hated the aids connected to huge batteries and a transformer that each weighed 6.5 pounds.
“After wearing them for six years I became pretty tough in the playground and in a fit of temper, I threw them away vowing never to wear one again.”
Vanity also played a big part in Dave not admitting to hearing difficulties.
He “conned my way” through 10 years in the fire brigade, rising to become an area commander, while also serving as an army territorial, before emigrating to New Zealand in 1976.
“This lasted until recently when my partner Gaylene suggested enrolling me in a lip-reading course so she could have some peace and quiet.
“I went down kicking and screaming but she won out in the end.”
Alan Ferguson says hearing loss is one of the most easily remedied disabilities with ever-improving digital technology that makes hearing aids smaller, better performing, and easier to wear.
“The invisible handicap of hearing loss is so much greater than the worry someone might notice you wear an aid,” he says.
Through its Auracare programme, Applied Hearing’s qualified team offers professional assessment, a minimum 60-day trial and excel- lent follow-up service. Clients are encouraged to keep improving on their hearing with the free custom aid and ear checks offered during the first year.
They also receive free: A year’s supply of batteries for each aid, a hearing aid dehumidifier, and a battery tester as part of their Auracare starter kit.
Applied Hearing’s head clinic at 232 Great South Rd, Remuera and at Howick are among more than 25 clinics nationwide.
Take the first step to improve your hearing and enjoy life again by calling Applied Hearing on 524 5736 to arrange your ear and hearing check.
If you are aged 50plus, this check is free.
Improved hearing: Dave Callingham with partner Gaylene Lincoln.