Norman now enjoying a new quality of life with hearing aids
NORMAN Howard is hearing things.
In January he had a pair of hearing aids fitted for a 55-day trial. After a fortnight he knew he would never be able to give them up.
His hearing is the best it has been for 12 years.
The 83-year-old worked in construction from when he was 20, until the age of 55.
"I wrecked my hearing doing that," he said.
"I was a building contractor and I never ever wore hearing muffs.
"As soon as the electrical tools and hammers came in, all these things that made tremendous noise, I got the lot because it just made life so much easier."
Mr Howard said it was the first time he had paid for a pair of hearing aids.
"I'd just get what the government was offering but there's no comparison," he said.
Mr Howard paid $2000 for the Binax hearing aids, but he says the cost is worth it.
"I've never been happy with any other hearing aids."
Norman is hearing things:
"In my family life it's made a huge difference. I'm not saying 'beg your pardon' all the time. If my wife was at this interview she would tell you it's marvellous."
"I can walk straight in to a busy, loud place and hear perfectly. Before I wouldn't even go in to the bowls club."
"I sing at the old folks' homes with my wife, and I never used to wear my hearing aids because I couldn't hear anyone, but now I just never take them off."