A life in the fast lane
Steve Parrish, 67, is a former motorcycle and truck racer, who is now a motorsport TV commentator and public speaker.
It was only in the 1990’s, when Steve started commentating, that he became aware of the importance of protecting his hearing and by that point, he believes that the damage had already been done.
Steve struggled for a while before reaching out for help with his hearing and believes that since he’s been wearing hearing aids, he’s enjoying life more, he’s more confident, and happy engaging in conversation – and has never looked back!
Initially, Steve was worried about the stigma that surround hearing aids, that they'd make him look old. But the opposite is true. They make him feel younger, more engaged and able to be ‘in the moment’. They’ve had a positive impact not only on his life, but on his loved ones’ lives too.
Steve, forever the joker, also finds he can relax more. Sometimes he would mishear certain things which, far from being funny, left him on edge in some situations.
He found adapting to his aids easy, with the support of his hearing caring expert at Hidden Hearing, Cambridge. He finds them so comfortable that he doesn’t know they are in most of the time.
His hearing aids are as important to him as his mobile phone, wallet, and bike keys – he doesn’t even need to have his phone to his ear as the Bluetooth® technology in his aids do that for him! Steve recently upgraded his hearing aids to the Oticon Opn S.
He finds the new technology and the RemoteCare system means that if he’s in a new studio environment, and needs a quick adjustment, his hearing care expert can do it for him remotely. Watch the video for more.