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Norton's Georgia Horsley leads the way with new hearing aid
NORTON’S former Miss England is benefiting from a new hearing device after suffering from deafness in one ear since the age of two.
Georgia Horsley, who won the title in 2007, revealed her hearing loss at the Miss England contest after not hearing her number being called out at the finals.
The 26-year-old, who got engaged to McFly’s Danny Jones in July, was found to have lost the hearing in her ear when she first started school.
“I suffered from meningitis when I was two and spent time in hospital with a really bad fever,” she said.
“However, it wasn’t until I went to school that they discovered I only had partial hearing in one ear,” she said.
Georgia said she had been so young when she lost her hearing that she had learnt to adapt with hearing through one ear “When I was a bit older I looked at the different options available but as a teenage girl I didn’t really fancy a huge hearing aid with a big battery pack to carry round,” she said.
Georgia said that when her modelling career took off and she moved to London she went to a hearing specialist.
They recommended a Phonak Nano, a state-of-the-art device which is worn in the ear, providing a discreet but powerful solution to the usual stigma of bulky external hearing aids.
“I’m thrilled with the impact it has had on my life so far,” she said.
“I was amazed that such a small piece of equipment could pic up such tiny noises and when I first put it in I was amazed at the difference it made.”
Georgia said she would recommend the Phonak Nano to anyone suffering from hearing problems.
“At first it was a bit strange but now I have adapted to the Nano and to hear so well is fantastic,” she said.
Georgia, whose parents still live in Norton, said she was now busy preparing for her wedding next year as well as enjoying a flourishing modelling career.
“I’ve done television and magazine work as well as some catwalk shows,” she said.
“I had never really thought about modelling until Miss England but after winning that things really took off for me and everything has worked out really well.”
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