Tyson D’Hondt of Kamloops, British Columbia
In his words:
My name is Tyson D’Hondt and I live in Kamloops BC, Canada where I attend middle school. I was born with a ”little” ear that did not form properly and I have no ear canal opening. The little bones inside my ear were also fused together when I was born.
My mom and dad say I had a lot of behavioural issues when I was younger due to my hearing loss. I became over stimulated very fast in noisy situations.
When I was two and a half, I was fitted with a Baha® softband. I hated it. I had to wear it until I was seven, and then we tried it on a hard band. I hated having people stare at me. I would only wear it at school because I “had” to. In March of 2012 we travelled to BC Children’s Hospital to arrange for a Baha® abutment surgery.
While there, we were presented with the option of having this brand new (to Canada) Sophono™ surgery. After doing lots of research my parents decided Sophono™ was the best choice for me. I was very excited to have this done. No more headbands, no screw!
On April 24, 2013, I had my implant surgery done. I wasn’t nervous at all. My mom and dad were. I felt like it was a fast surgery even though Mom said it was about 2 hours. My favorite part was the orange Popsicles afterwards! We went back to our hotel and I slept for the rest of the day. I felt like my old self within 2 days. I was the 6th person in Canada to receive the implant.
My friends at school were all excited to see me and are happy for me. I’m looking forward to wearing my bone-anchored hearing device all the time now and not being looked at because a boy has a headband on.
—Tyson D’Hondt of Kamloops, British Columbia