The invisible one
- By: Guy Middleton
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/guy-middleton
My name is Guy Middleton and m journey started in the year 2000, when I had to undergo routine medical testing at the international company I was working for at the time. This routine testing was part of the company’s health and welfare policy.
It was noted during a hearing test that my hearing was not at the level that it should be. I was referred to an Audiologist who confirmed the initial diagnoses that I would need hearing aids. After five years the hearing aids became obsolete and I had to have another set. Progressively my hearing was getting so bad that hearing aids were not beneficial for me. My working life was suffering and my family life was suffering. I felt bad as if I did not fit in society anymore. I felt like an outcast.
June 2014 was a new beginning for me. I was referred to Tygerberg CI unit where I underwent testing to see if I was a candidate for a CI. I eventually got the good news that I am a candidate. I was ecstatic and knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.
I received a Cochlear Implant in my right ear Feb 2016. A month later then there was switch on. It was overwhelming as I did not know what to expect. I have been going for regular check-ups and mappings and progressed well. It was commended how well I did progress. My implant has really lived up to its expectations and also lots of hard work from my side.
I still have a hearing aid in my left ear which is an imbalance as the right ear is far superior to my left ear. I have been told that I also must have a CI in the left ear. As the hearing aid is not compatable with my CI it would be beneficial to me to have a Cochlear in the left ear and improve my hearing abillity even more. I continue to prosper. My family life has improved 100% through lots of communication and learning. My work environment has also improved a lot. I had to educate my employer on how to deal with me as a hearing-impaired person.
I have been given a letter by my Audiologist at Tygerberg Hospital to raise the funds for the left ear to be implanted. As I don't have a medical aid and can't afford it, it is very difficult to raise funds for this operation.
I am hoping you can give me the gift of hearing in the left ear so that I can reach my full potential. Thank you from the bottom of my Heart.
*Funds raised will be transferred directly to the relevant medical practitioner*
- Feb 28, 2019 - R 1 010.00
- "All the best Guy." - Sylvia