Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson of Paraparaumu lives with tinnitus, a condition which has left her with permanent ringing ears, as well as hyperacusis and misophenia which together make her over sensitive to noise.

The 18-year-old received $3,815 to help her purchase an advanced microphone system that will allow her to concentrate better in class activities at the University of Auckland where she is studying New Zealand sign language.

Lisa is looking forward to completing her degree and becoming an interpreter for deaf children but her condition is currently affecting her ability to concentrate in class. The new microphone will help this, enabling her to actively participate in lectures and tutorials.