Hearing operation helps Sue live dream

University of Wollongong graduate Sue Young. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI
University of Wollongong graduate Sue Young. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Getting bilateral cochlear implants has helped Sue Young achieve her dream of getting a university degree.

Ms Young - the 22nd Australian to get bilateral implants - started having hearing difficulties when she was five years old and had profound hearing loss by 18.

It affected her schooling, and she thought for many years that a university degree was beyond her reach.

But, thanks to a cochlear implant eight years ago, and the second six years ago, the 51-year-old Shellharbour mum was able to complete not one but two degrees from the University of Wollongong.

She followed up a bachelor's degree in population health with a master's in health management and leadership, which she graduated in with distinction at a ceremony on Thursday evening.

"It felt fantastic to receive the degree," she said. "Going to university had always been a dream for me but I never thought I'd realise it and now I have."

The qualifications have helped the mother of three get into a career in community services, and have given her confidence.

The implants have also given Ms Young delight in simple pleasures, like clearly hearing the voices and laughter of her children.


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