With bilateral implants, Anthony can not only hear again, he can engage with life on every level. Here, he shares his emotional journey to hearing and reminds others that, regardless of your age, or how long you’ve experienced it, you don’t have to live with hearing loss.
“At 20 years old, I suddenly lost hearing in my right ear. When I received a diagnosis of “sudden onset hearing loss”, I’ll admit that I felt scared. It was 1967 and medical options were limited.
Two weeks later, tinnitus (ringing in my ears) set in, only disappearing when I was asleep. I felt like I was going crazy, but after a while, I realised I’d just have to learn to live with this new reality.
Maybe it was diversionary therapy, but I learned to fly light airplanes. From my childhood I loved building models and now I was flying real airplanes! I also loved my work as a solar engineer, and I was grateful I could continue doing that regardless.
It might seem hard to believe, but I got used to it, and carried on hearing with my left ear until 2001, when I was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma – a tumour – in my left ear. I was told that surgery may result in losing my hearing, but to ignore it could be fatal, so in 2002, I had the tumor removed.