Hearing every second
There’s no doubt that the impending birth of a baby – especially the first – causes parents to stop and take stock of their lives and what is important to them.
For Damien Endacott of Annandale in Queensland, this meant undergoing surgery to ensure he could care for his baby girl, who arrived in 2010.
The then civil engineer wanted to ensure he would be able to care for his daughter safely, which meant being able to hear what was happening. He received a Cochlear™ Implant in 2010 at the age of 42. “My daughter was born in 2010 and my Cochlear Implant has enabled me to become a full-time Dad, listening to every first word and being part of every conversation,” says Damien.
And when he’s not busy parenting (baby number two, a son, arrived in 2013), Damien is listening to music on his iPhone thanks to his CochlearTM Wireless Accessories.
“My favourite Wireless Accessory is probably the Phone Clip,” he says. “It’s quite diverse in what it can do. I can have a normal phone conversation or I can listen to music on my iPhone. Without the Phone Clip I found it difficult to talk on a mobile phone. Now it’s so much easier – I just connect the Phone Clip to my processor and there’s no background buzzing noise that I had before. I also have the wireless Mini Microphone, predominantly for watching television.”
Damien became hearing impaired when he turned 18 and had completely lost the hearing in his right ear by the time he was 23.
Socially it was also frustrating. “Understanding conversation in a quiet environment became hard; with a noisy background it was almost impossible. I began to withdraw socially. Often I’d be at a party sitting in the background not really talking to anyone.”
While the hearing aid had helped initially when his hearing became progressively worse, Damien looked into how a Cochlear Implant could help him.
“My audiologist at Attune in Brisbane referred me. After a number of assessments, I had a Cochlear Implant fitted and it was an immediate success.
“On the night I was switched on my wife saw me listen to music and loved that I could enjoy music again. I’ve had a friend comment that he’s really stoked that he can sit down and have a conversation with me. So it’s all been very pleasing.”