“I have always been a very sociable, people-loving person. Being a teacher meant that being able to organise and motivate people was an extremely important aspect of my life and were also the kinds of activities that made me thrive.
“From around 1975 I had increasingly intrusive tinnitus, followed by the loss of high frequencies in 1990. I became profoundly deaf in 2001. For many years I struggled with the use of hearing aids but it was only when I received a cochlear implant in 2006 that I became truly aware of the importance of the research projects funded by Action on Hearing Loss and how this had allowed the charity to do so much for so many people. Although I was already a proud supporter of this great charity since 1988, it was after I received my cochlear implant that I decided to leave a gift in my Will to Action on Hearing Loss.
“I am very thankful for my cochlear implant (and for my wife Pat, who I call my ‘ace communication support’) and for the positive impact it has had on my life. I have left a gift in my Will to Action on Hearing Loss so that research into future technologies can continue and help people with hearing loss and tinnitus, eventually leading to a cure and allowing others to regain the soundtracks to their lives.”
All of us at Action on Hearing Loss are extremely grateful to Stephen and others who leave a gift in their Will to us, their generosity means so very much and really helps to make a difference.