Helping Patients Hear Again

03/Mar/2020     Health

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.

In Australia, almost 4 million people have some form of hearing loss and this figure continues to grow as our population ages.

The team in Mater Audiology help hundreds of people on their hearing journey like patient William McDonald who has been coming to the clinic for a year and has just received a cochlear implant.

“I have been slowly losing my hearing for the last 15 years, it’s also hereditary as my mother and brother have difficulty with their hearing and use hearing aids,” William said.

“I worked as a carpenter my whole life so I believe the proximity to the saws contributed to my hearing loss, back then we didn’t have access to ear muffs or any protective wear.”

William has only had his cochlear implant for seven days but says it has dramatically changed his life and is thrilled to no longer be using his hearing aids.

“Mater has been incredible to me especially Cochlear Implant Program Manager Janeen Jardine has been so helpful during this time. I think having a positive attitude has helped me through this experience,” William said.

“I will have ongoing follow up appointments with the audiology team and my ENT to assess the progress and optimise my access to sound. My hearing has been great and I am so pleased with the result.”

Director of Speech Pathology and Audiology Jackie Moon said her team deal with a range of hearing issues.

“We assess people of all ages who have concerns related to  hearing, dizziness/ vertigo and have a specialist  Cochlear Implant program. We also offer paediatric services assessing babies and children with hearing difficulties through Mater Health and Wellness,” Jackie said.

For more information on the Mater Audiology Clinic and Cochlear Implants please contact, 07 3163 8743 or email

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