HO FAI TIN
I was ill when I was around 13 years old, then my hearing in both ears began to go downhill. It was difficult for me to adjust from hearing to hearing loss and accept myself again. It did affect the self-esteem.
I use a Cochlear Implant on my left ear and hearing aid on the right ear. I have been wearing hearings aid since I was diagnosed with hearing loss. I only got my cochlear implant in November 2015 and am still adjusting and learning to deal with the new sounds.
It took me a while to struggle and accept myself. I moved to Australia from Hong Kong not long after I was diagnosed with hearing loss. With English as my second language, it was very difficult for me to socialise in school and life. I did not have many friends in school due to my hearing and language limitation. It was not until I started my high school at Mt Maria Junior College, where I could study with other hearing impaired students and began to learn Auslan(even though I don't use it very often) whilst studying in Mt Maria Junior School. This is where I started making new friends, learnt a new way to communicate with people and also accept who I am.
I once thought life was just a burden for both me and my parents. I did not have faith or self-confidence in myself. I often used to think only of myself, and one day it came to me that I needed a change in my life and I wanted to be someone useful to the people around me. My parents and my friends were very supportive during my hard time and I have always felt that I am very lucky to be surrounded by these people.
Sometimes, switching off helps me by calming myself down and giving me peace in this noisy world. Having a hearing loss has helped me to see who are my true friends and who are not. Technology has helped me a lot in my work and my daily life. It connects me with people much more easily i.e. Facebook, Whatsapp and email. But I do believe that if I had normal hearing I could do a lot more in my career.
No one is perfect in the world therefore you should love who you are and be grateful every day. Once you have found yourself be there for others because there are always the lost ones waiting for your help.