Hear to learn – Andrew’s story
My hearing loss was not diagnosed until I was in Year 9 where I then was fitted with hearing aids and have been wearing them for 36 years. I missed out on a lot of learning and classroom interactions, was ostracised and quiet. I know that my late diagnosis means I have been playing catch up. Even with hearing aids I know I operate at 90-95% capacity.
I would like to petition the government to have mandatory hearing tests for all Grade 5 students as part of NAPLAN – which tests students in grades 3 / 5 / 7 / 9 for their knowledge but doesn’t measure learning ability or if any hearing issues are affecting learning ability.