GUEST SPEAKER: Zac Diekman (in blue) with his parents, from left, Lisa and Adam Diekman and hearing science co-ordinator, Virginia Adare at one of Zac’s school presentations.Aa part of Hearing Awareness week from August 24 to August 30, nine-year-old Zac Diekman from Kapunda made a special presentation to individual classes at Kapunda Primary School.
Zac, who is partially deaf in one ear (with conductive hearing loss), is doing his part in raising awareness of hearing loss issues and explained in detail to other students at the school via a powerpoint presentation about his own hearing loss.
The year four student said he already had three grommets (inserted through the ear canal to let fluid out and have the ear return back to normal) and three operations, while he has had his hearing aid for two years.
Having a hearing aid doesn’t stop Zac from playing his favourite sports of football (Kapunda Bombers Under 11s), basketball and tennis.
“I take my hearing aid out when I play football and basketball but leave it in when playing tennis,” Zac said.
Virginia Adare, a hearing science co-ordinator with Department of Education and Child Development also attended the presentation and spoke to the students about how ears work and how to assist people with hearing loss.
Some ideas mentioned were to face people with hearing loss when you speak to them so they can see your facial expressions, keep background noise down (acoustics), and don’t talk to them from behind.
Zac gave a demonstration to the students with his own hearing aid, explained how it worked and spoke about the maintenance of it.
“With the help of my hearing aid I can hear my grandparents on the phone and the television doesn’t have to be so loud anymore which makes my Dad happy,” Zac said.
For further information about hearing loss, go to the Hearing Awareness Week website:hearingawarenessweek.org.au.
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