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Emma Needs a New Set of Ears!

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Given by 20 generous donors in around 8 months

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My hearing aids will be at the end of their life soon. As a musical person and qualified music teacher, my hearing is vital to my happiness.

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Growing up mum and dad say I was prone to ear infections - I would be on a new set of antibiotics every fortnight. It was not something I ever felt angry about...rather I was just used to having sore ears.

At Intermediate School, I started learning the flute. Excelling from the moment I could make a sound, I went on to learn piccolo and alto sax at High School, and then teach myself clarinet.

Whilst studying composition at Auckland University, I discovered a quiet desire for conducting (ooh, gimme a solid brass section full of weird and wonderful chords any day!) In my third year of uni, my lecturer took me aside and noticed how the only paper I was failing (and ultimately did fail that year) was the aural paper. She said I would need to resit next year. She also suggested I take myself to a hearing appointment 'just to be on the safe side'.

Lo and behold! Both my ears were suffering a moderate hearing loss. Less than a month later I was retro-fitted with what my husband and I call 'my ears' - or Alera 9 hearing aids. Turns out I had had a reaction to the antibiotics that caused permanent damage to my ears over time. The very next semester I improved some 25% on my final paper! Whoohoo!

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I am now a qualified music teacher with dreams of running my own music school. A fundamental part of being a musician is engaging with and experiencing the music. To do this I will need hearing aids.

My current set are failing. The technology is outdated, and the cost of repairs is becoming less viable with every passing month.

In conclusion, Emma needs a new set of ears!

Thank you in advance, you beautiful soul.

Latest update

New Ears!!  12 October 2017

I have started a 60 day trial period with new Elite Alera hearing aids! Here's hoping they are more than my wildest dreams :)

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  • Lois & Ian

    Lois & Ian on 01 Sep 2017



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 28 Aug 2017



  • Loopy

    Loopy on 18 Aug 2017


    Here ya go sis


  • Ali Js 😉

    Ali Js 😉 on 17 Aug 2017


    We can't have a world without your beautiful music or without you being able to hear the joys of life - Emma needs her ears!!! xx


  • Harriet Dixon

    Harriet Dixon on 17 Aug 2017


    Cheers ears! Good luck for all of this 😊


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This page was created on 15 Aug 2017 and closed on 31 Mar 2018.
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