A former father of the army with severe hearing damage can finally hear his baby cry after being equipped with hearing aids.
Darren Young, 38, of Preston, has served in the British army for 13 years, and has been exposed to extreme noise since his first tour in Iraq.
He claims that he did not receive "anti-noise boxes" that would protect his hearing from explosions and machine noise.
As a result, My Young's hearing was seriously compromised. It prevented him from starting his dream career as a paramedic.
But the last straw was the inability to hear the shouts and "magical moments" of him and his wife's daughter Marie, Freyja Rose, who is now five months old.
Mr. Young went for a hearing test, and was later equipped with hearing aids by a street specialist who was touched by his story.
Darren Young, 38, was in the British army for 13 years and was exposed to extreme noise during his first tour in Iraq. In the photo, Mr. Young in his last year of army in 2013 in Afghanistan
Young can finally pursue his dream of becoming a paramedic after being equipped with hearing aids from the street hearing specialist, Hidden Hearing
Before his hearing aids adapted, Mr. Young, who is currently engaged in a three-year degree in paramedical sciences, has struggled with communication and feelings of anxiety. In the picture, with his wife, Marie Young, at a British army dance in 2012
Mr. Young won a pair of hearing aids, worth £ 399, when his story was touched by an electoral commission from the high street hearing specialist, Hidden Hearing.
As an unofficial officer in the army, Mr. Young has traveled the world to places like Iraq, Madeira, Portugal, and Canada, up until six years ago.
"I noticed for the first time that I had trouble hearing during my first tour in Iraq, about 15 years ago," said Young Young.
"We received personal radios to drive and walk, but I really struggled to hear people talking through them.
"Then one day, while I was in Iraq, I woke up and I had absolutely not heard in my right ear.
"The doctor at the military base said that my ear canal was nice but, although my hearing was back, it was never the same thing."
WHAT CAUSES LOSE HEARING? AND CAN BE TREATED?
The loss of hearing can be temporary or permanent.
It can also develop gradually with age or suddenly.
Loss of hearing in one ear may be due to an accumulation of wax, an infection or a burst eardrum.
Sudden loss in both ears may be due to damage from a very loud noise or side effects of certain medications.
The gradual hearing loss may be the result of an accumulation of fluid, known as an ear of glue; bone growth, called otosclerosis; or accumulation of skin cells, known as cholesteatoma.
The gradual hearing loss in both ears is usually caused by aging or by exposure to loud noises for many years.
The loss of hearing sometimes improves by itself.
An accumulation of wax can also be treated by suction or softened with drops.
However, the loss of hearing can also be permanent, with treatment that focuses therefore on the enhancement of the remaining hearing.
This can involve:
- Hearing aids
- Implants – attach to the skull or are placed deep in the ear, if the hearing aids are ineffective
- Communicate using sign language or lip reading
Hearing loss can be avoided by avoiding loud music and wearing headphones that block out background noise.
Earphones should also be worn if you are working in a noisy environment, such as a construction site.
And the headset should be worn at concerts and other noisy events.
Source: NHS choices
Before his hearing aids adapted, Mr. Young, who is currently engaged in a three-year Bachelor's degree in paramedical sciences, struggled with every area of life that involved communication.
As a result of his hearing loss, Mr. Young felt anxious. He said: "I felt overwhelmed by the crowd and often unprotected when I was in the army".
During training to work as a paramedic, he had difficulty working as a chef in a pub.
He said: "There is a lot of background noise in the kitchen, with other staff members shouting orders, which was often quite overwhelming and difficult to digest.
"I was constantly asking my wife to repeat herself, which she must have found frustrating."
Even though Mr. Young struggled to hear, he underestimated how bad his hearing was and continued to test.
"My classmates told me" I do not know how to cope "when I could not hear them in the pub, but I was used to it."
But things took a turn when her daughter, Freyja Rose, was born.
He said: "I even struggled to hear his cry that, for a new born, it is rather something … I did not want to lose magic moments with my children".
At the beginning Young Young thought he had a bad ear, but was shocked to find that in his local Hidden Hearing of Lytham he had lost his hearing in both ears.
His audiologist Elaine Norris named him for free hearing aids.
"My wife no longer screams me and I can have appropriate and easy conversations with my children, I feel much more confident," said Young Young.
Now he does not see the time to start his new career as a paramedic. He said: "I was worried … people might think I was ignorant for asking patients to repeat themselves.
"Asking people to say something over and over in an emergency can waste precious time, and I did not want to be responsible.
"But now it's all right, I have nothing to worry about.
& # 39; When I found out I had won, there were rainbows and fluffy unicorns – I was absolutely in seventh heaven! & # 39;
"I did not want to miss magic moments with my kids," said My Young, pictured with his wife Marie, and the children Cara-Leigh (10), Brooke (8), Aaron (7) and Freyja Rose (5 months)
Audiologist Elaine Norris said, "Many people ignore their hearing problems until it's too late, which can affect their health and quality of life."
Over five percent of the world's population – or 466 million people – have disabled hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization.
It is estimated that increases between 2050 and over 900 million people.
It is said that a person who is unable to hear, in addition to people with normal hearing thresholds of 25 dB or higher in both ears, has a loss of hearing.