Joan takes a new lease of life to the pool

Joan Watts is unstoppable. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago she was feeling isolated because of her hearing loss.

Now, the 85-year-old from Willaston, South Australia is constantly on the go. Her days are filled with activity. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan is swimming laps at her local pool. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she is at the gym and in between she finds time to sing in the local choir.

In 2003, when she was feeling like she couldn’t do the things she loved, Joan realised she was experiencing hearing loss. She had her hearing tested and found she needed hearing aids. Since then, Joan hasn’t looked back. She’s now heading for 15 years as a user of hearing aids and is living every day as an inspiration to people half her age and half as active.

Often dismissed as a natural and irreversible effect of ageing, one in six Australians experiences hearing loss. This includes half the population between the ages of 60 and 70.

Hearing technology is changing every day, so if you think it’s time to get your hearing tested, visit your local Australian Hearing centre for a free hearing check.

Check out this story for warning signs that you may be losing your hearing.  Hearing help can change your life, just like it did for Joan.