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Winning gold in the 10,000m at the 1974 Commonwealth Games made Dick Tayler a kiwi hero and put him on top of the world. But life always throws up new challenges.
Cardiac arrest two years ago, and subsequent battle with brain damage, mobility, and depression threatened to accelerate Dick’s hearing loss.
``The cardiac arrest affected my hearing and mental wellbeing, and really hit home that I had to do something. The doctors were adamant; without hearing aids I was facing a future of possible dementia and serious health problems.
``So, I was forced into doing something about it, but by God after the tests I was suddenly aware of how much I needed them, and of the impact that not being able to hear had on other people. I didn’t realise how much I was missing out on, or how frustrating it was for everyone else.
Dick says his hearing aids make it easier to communicate with people. ``They’ve had such a positive impact on my wellbeing. I can join in conversations with groups, and am learning to tune out background sounds.
``Anthony Rowcroft from Audiology South has been fantastic. He explained so much and demonstrated what hearing aid technology could do for me and my lifestyle. Audiology South take an interest in my wellbeing, they are truly my hearing support system. The hearing aids mean I can get on with life, but Anthony provides the back up. Years ago, ACC funded my first hearing aids, and thanks to Anthony I received assistance again with the provision of these aids.
``I tell everyone now that if you can’t hear, for God’s sake do something about it; hearing aids can protect your wellbeing. It’s got to be better for you and the people around you.’’