30-year-old Willem Malan was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, called CMT, which is believed to be the cause of his hearing loss.
According to his parents he could hear certain sounds during his childhood, but was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 7 years and received his first hearing aids at the age of 9 years.
Although he was dependant on his hearing aids, his hearing loss unfortunately deteriorated over the years. Because of his progressive hearing loss, Willem does not receive benefit from his hearing aids any longer and was approved for a cochlear implant. His device was switched on, on 20 June when he heard sound for the first time via a cochlear implant.
Thanks to the financial support from Studex SA, Willem received the Gift of Hearing on 20 May 2019.