Living with war-induced hearing loss

Hearing Australia client David talks about how he lives with the second most common medical condition affecting Australian veterans, hearing loss.

As we commemorate Anzac Day, we spend time with Vietnam veteran David Keating. David talks about how getting his hearing aid has made a big difference to his life.

Hearing Australia was originally founded to provide services for those returning from World War II in 1947. Over seventy years later, we continue to provide hearing services to veterans across our national network. Unfortunately, hearing loss is one of the legacies of war and the second most common medical condition affecting Australian veterans and war widows.

Hearing Australia client David Keating survived the Vietnam War as well as a serious health issue some years ago which saw him on life support for several days. David and his wife Helen recently moved into a retirement community, where the couple is making new connections with local church and social groups and enjoying an extremely active life.

He thinks life’s looking great and now he's hearing great too!

David has noticed a tremendous difference in his hearing, after being fitted with a hearing aid by Hearing Australia.

“I’ve fallen back in love with music again. I felt like something was missing from my life. I realised I couldn’t hear the upper end of the scale. I also have a new appreciation for classical music, which I didn’t have before. When I returned home after getting my hearing aid fitted, I suddenly realised that I could hear my great-grandmother’s pendulum-clock ticking away. I hadn’t been able to hear it for many decades, unless I held my ear close, but this time I was on the other side of the room. All of these memories of my early childhood came flooding back to me. I just stood there and started weeping. My wife asked me why I was upset and I could only say “The clock!”

 

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