Cochlear UK is pleased to announce Michael King from Walsall, UK as the second Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner.
Michael, 20, suffered from constant ear infections throughout his childhood due to a cholesteatoma. After many operations, including mastoidectomies to try and eradicate the disease, the colesteatoma was removed. Michael received his Baha Attract System from Walsall Manor Hospital in September 2015. He is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Programming at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Michael aims high and is diligent and committed in his studies. He attended mainstream school and achieved excellent qualifications. He has participated in many activities including volunteering as an ICT Technician in a school for children with learning difficulties, leading small groups of teenagers at his local youth group during holiday times and becoming a member of the Air Cadets.
Michael used to see his hearing loss as a huge wall that he could not overcome. Going out to meet people or going for a meal with family would just physically drain him due to the amount of concentration it took to hold a conversation in a noisy environment.
Since receiving his implant he says:
“My Baha Sound Processors, alongside the Mini Mic and Phone Clip, has enabled me to be able to hear whilst in lectures or group discussions. This means that I am able to expand my knowledge and skills with so much more ease than I would have done without help – and it’s opening doors for me, giving me a better quality of hearing. I can now confidently go out and enjoy myself with friends, while being able to hear everything they are saying.”
Today, he views his hearing loss to be a positive challenge rather than a barrier and now appreciates hearing what others may take for granted.
“I’m truly humbled to have been given the opportunity to receive my implant, let alone win this scholarship. I was offered the implant and was the first to receive it in my local area, and haven’t looked back, it really has been a life changing experience for me and I’m so grateful.”
Read more about the scholarship here.