Auditory Implant Service

MED-EL Music Grant Winner

Al, Winner of MED-EL music grant

We are pleased to announce that Al Gardner (pictured above) is the winner of this year’s MED-EL Music Grant.

In his application he said learning any musical instrument has been beyond the capability of his hearing for 30 years and as a child he was never given the opportunity. Most of the time during his 25 years of hearing aid use music was an irritation that sounded like tearing paper off in the distance.

“Since activation of my MED-EL cochlear implant I have done nothing but listen to music all day , I keep taking the hearing aid out of my other ear because I just can’t believe what I’m hearing through my implant. The music is absolutely fantastic”.

Al, who has used the money to invest in a guitar and guitar lessons said “I think It would be amazing to just be able to play a guitar well enough to entertain my friends around the camp fire, and after a year of professional lessons who knows what the limit would be.”

Find out more about the MED-EL Music Grant