How hearing aids improved everyday life for Isobel

As an active member of her Thursday Island community in the Torres Strait Islands, Isobel Stephens did not like being unable to hear well.

Isobel often felt silly when she misunderstood things or had to ask friends, family or work colleagues to repeat what they had said. Especially as her day is full of talking and listening as she attends work meetings for work or goes to church regularly.

Time for a change

This led Isobel to do something about her hearing loss. She made an appointment with us when we made one of our regular visits to her island. After diagnosis, she was fitted with a set of small, behind-the-ear hearing aids, which she describes as having a barely-there feel.

Wearing them means she no longer feels frustrated or left out—and she couldn’t be happier with the results.

“The aids are gorgeous and cute! I wear them most of the time. I hear every word at meetings. I don’t have to ask people for repeats nearly as often, " she says.

She can now hear better, but Isobel's also developed a number of techniques to deal with less-than-ideal environments. This allows her to be part of the conversation, rather than focus on trying to listen. 

I also have better ways of checking what people have said without getting them to repeat the whole sentence. And my family says I am more involved in what is going on, she says.

Australian Hearing is the leading provider of hearing loss support services and devices. For more information on hearing loss for children we’re happy to chat.