Patient Stories

Change a Life

Change a Life is an initiative facilitated by donations to Ear Science Institute Australia and our long standing partnership with Sonova.

Every year, our Clincians choose patients with compelling life stories, that require a hearing device, but cannot access one without assistance.

The impact of these devices truly change the life of those that receive them.

Here are some of their stories:

Corey's Story

Corey Benson received an Oticon Medical Ponto 5 Mini bone conduction implant through the Ear Science Institute Australia’s ‘Change a Life’ initiative.

Corey is a 22-year-old mental health team leader who spends his days making a profound difference in the lives of those in his community.

Ray's Story

Ray Vine is an accomplished musician and music teacher, despite living with a hearing impairment.

In August 2020, Ray received a cochlear implant through Ear Science Institute Australia’s Gift of Hearing Appeal, giving him a new lease on life. He is Ray’s story.

Special thanks to St John of God Subiaco Hospital and Gift of Hearing donors, Jim Litis and Diane and Theo Kailis.

Olivia's Story

Olivia Kilmister was born with severe hearing impairment, receiving her first cochlear implant at 12 months old.  In 2015, Olivia received her second cochlear implant, through the Gift of Hearing Appeal. We had the pleasure of catching up with Olivia, now 15-years old and thriving as a bright confident teenager, thanks to her cochlear implant.

Les, Jody & Hayden's Story

Hayden and his family’s story is a unique one given the three generations of Cochlear implants.

Their implants have given them clarity and joy of hearing once again and understanding the words their loved ones speak.

Denis, Russell, Angela & Dean's Story

Meet Denis, Russell, Angela and Dean – whose lives changed forever when they received the Change A Life devices through the Gift of Hearing Appeal.

Richard’s Story

Veteran Richard Treasure received hearing aids through the Gift of Hearing Appeal in 2014. His story on the impact regaining his hearing has had on his life is inspiring and uplifting. A true and deserving hero.

Jake's Story

Meet Jake, who has had a hearing loss for most of his life. Thanks to Ear Science Institute Australia, Sonova, and the Gift of Hearing Donors, Jake now has the gift of hearing.

Do you know someone experiencing social or financial hardship who needs a hearing device to improve their life or get a job?

Nominate them today and give them the gift of hearing.

Please email Laura at the Gift of Hearing team at