From his first appointment with RIDBC, Dusty knew he was in good hands with RIDBC audiologist Anne-Marie Crowe.
“Anne-Marie and the team at RIDBC have been extremely helpful since the start,” Dusty said.
“She assessed that I was suitable [for a cochlear implant], performed the tests, liaised with my hearing aid audiologist, and now maps my cochlear implant sound processor.”
It turns out that this isn’t the first time Dusty has been supported by RIDBC. As a boy he was a boarder at the North Rocks school in the 1960s. He has fond memories of that time in his life and remembers the dedication of the teachers who taught him so well.
In June, Dusty had cochlear implant surgery (right ear) at the hands of Dr Timothy Makeham from Canberra ENT, an RIDBC affiliated surgeon and was ‘switched-on’ at the end of June. Combined with a new hearing aid in his left ear, Dusty now accesses synchronised sound bi-modally.
“Both Anne-Marie and Dr Makeham, have gone out of their way to help me, they do more than what is required of them and for that I thank them dearly. They are very lovely, caring people.” Dusty said.
Anne-Marie said, “It has been such a pleasure to meet Dusty and his wife Cherylann. He is such a positive and motivated gentleman who follows all my suggestions and advice to get the most out of his new cochlear implant.”
Anne-Marie continues, “Dusty is hearing extremely well after being switched-on for such a short period of time. He has even purchased a new guitar and is starting to play this again!”