“I love exercising and keeping fit. It’s the best thing in the world!”
Mrs Carole Ann Carey lives with her husband just outside Newcastle, UK. She’s a lovely, energetic woman who loves fitness, gardening, listening to music, watching TV and looking after her grandchildren. She’s got seven in total!
17 years ago, Carole lost all of her hearing on her left side through a virus. She was not prepared for the impact her hearing loss would have on her life. The usually sociable and fun-loving Carole began to isolate herself more and more, as she no longer could participate in conversations in large groups. She started avoiding dining out and going to parties. She had to constantly turn up the volume on the TV and radio, and was afraid to go out in traffic since she couldn’t hear where the cars were coming from. She didn’t even enjoy her job as a fitness instructor anymore.
But in 2007, Carole was implanted with a bone conduction system, and has since used both the Baha Divino and BP100 sound processors. In 2015 she was fitted with the new Baha 5 Sound Processor and is thrilled with the results.
“The new Baha 5 Sound Processor is much clearer and much louder that any of the previous devices I’ve had…. It’s so light I don’t even feel it. It means I can wear it all the time when I am teaching as opposed to the other one.”
Carole teaches seven classes a week, including spinning, cardio and zumba, and being able to wear her sound processor during the entire class – no matter how much she sweats or moves her head – has been a positive experience.
“It’s very important for me to hear the beat of the music, and to be able talk to my customers”.
The Baha 5 Sound Processor is the smallest in the industry and also a winner of the prestigious Red Dot Award for its innovative shape and design. It delivers the same power output as the industry-leading Baha 4 Sound Processor. It’s 20% smaller than Carole’s old BP100 and comes with wireless accessories and a truly smart app that lets you control and personalise it via your iPhone.
“This has definitely improved the quality of my life, just the fact that I can hear most thing that everyone else can hear. Hearing my grandchildren talking to me or in class with my customers. Going out for a meal or hearing the birds when walking my dogs. It has given me my independence and social life back,” concludes Carole.
Watch Carole teach an intense spinning class in the video below: