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A new father has heard his baby son for the first time after an audiologist's nomination secured new hearing aids for him.
Jeff Alcock, 46, from St Leonards in East Sussex, suffered a serious loss of hearing following an assault that left him with a fractured skull and in a coma.
While he had recovered from most of his injuries, Mr Alcock had significant hearing loss and struggled at work for a lengthy period of time.
The hearing aids he was given on the NHS proved largely ineffective. However, he was helped when Audiologist Bruce Cruickshank, from the charity Hidden Hearing, successfully secured for him for a pair of digital hearing aids, which are much more effective, the Bexhill Observer reports.
Speaking to the paper, Mr Alcock explained: “In August 2017, I was told that I had 80 per cent hearing loss in my left ear and 20 per cent in my right and that it was permanent."
His hearing issues occured at a time when his wife was pregnant with their son and was suffering complications. Jeff was unable to hear the telephone when the hospital rang the day after the birth to say that son Beau had been admitted to a special care unit with complications, causing him to be absent at a crucial time.
Now, however, he can hear everything well - including Beau.
Speaking about his intervention, Mr Cruickshank said: "Jeff’s hearing loss is quite a unique case, but because his loss happened so suddenly, it was important to fix it sooner rather than later, to ensure he didn’t miss out on important moments in his life."
He added that a lot of people leave it too late to address hearing problems, by which time more permanent damage is done and their quality of life has been diminished.
Hidden Hearing, which has its headquarters in Kent, donates five hearing aids a month through its Give Back Campaign, which supports the National Campaign for Better Hearing.
Written by James Puckle
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