I have had a hearing loss since childhood. It slowly progressed to the stage where hearing aids did not provide much help. Fortunately I have always had good family support to learn good speech and everything else that was need to get through schooling.
After an initial false start I started my farming career, movie up the farm ownership ladder quite quickly. I was 28 when I met Lynne and we got married sometime after that. As a partnership we have worked really well together. We were dairy farmers with two bull support farms, four years ago we moved into all bulls and Lynne’s angora goats.
Since my CI my life has improved immensely and we are currently growing our business interests outside farming for when we have to move off farm, initially I was a little concerned about this but now I relish the future.