Hi. I'm Karen Perry and I'm profoundly deaf.
I use a cochlear implant to hear.
In 2012, I contracted Meningococcal Meningitis. After recovering, I was left with lifelong disabilities; total hearing loss,and total blindness in one eye.
With such a sudden and dramatic change to my life, I'm sure you can understand that there were many personal challenges to overcome, but losing my hearing had the greatest impact on every part of my life and my happiness.
losing my hearing had the greatest impact on every part of my life and my happiness.
I was so grateful to learn about cochlear implants and how they could help me. I will say that just working my way through the systems involved, getting connected with the resources to help, and dealing with people's perceptions of what it meant to be hard of hearing made it the most challenging period of my life. My experience in the workplace with a hearing loss was a major hurdle.
While dealing with the sudden changes to my life, I was also faced with so much stigma, misinformation and lack of support that it's now my passion to help others like me adapt to hearing loss.
If you'd like to read more about my personal journey, here it is.
What is Wagga Hearing Support Service?
Well, it's exactly what the name says: a hearing support service. If you have any level of hearing loss, and are looking for help in any way, give me a call. I'm sure I can help, whether it's advice, advocacy, or just someone to listen.