Charles Carmichael’s new hearing technology proved to be a lifesaver within weeks of being fitted.
When his diabetic wife, Eileen, collapsed at their home this summer, he was able to talk to the emergency dispatcher so they could identify if she was having another stroke.
“Her breathing was so faint, but I was able to hear her voice through my Baha [5 Power Sound Processor] and answer the responder’s questions,” said Charles who suffers from Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM).
Struggling with hearing loss all his life, Charles was first implanted with a Baha solution on his left side in 2012. Three years later, he had his right ear fitted as well and his problems with discharging ears stopped. In June 2016 he upgraded to the Baha 5 Power and says the new technology is amazing.
“My original Baha sound processors were fantastic, but I still struggled in big groups, but with these new ones I can hear questions from the back of a room and have conversations with background music on – it’s no problem.”
Charles is his wife’s main carer and the new Baha technology now allows him to hear her clearly even when in another room.
Eileen said: “If anything happens and I need to raise the alarm, he can immediately hear me – I feel safer.”