With a career spanning twenty years, and a reputation as one of the nicest guys in country music, it’s no surprise that Troy is approached by many organisations seeking his support. But, above all others, the award-winning musician has chosen to align with Australian Hearing – the country’s leading hearing provider of government funded hearing services – who last August announced the musician as their ambassador.
Although, Troy has never personally experienced hearing difficulties, he believes hearing health is priceless. Raised by a single mother in Grafton in New South Wales, Troy has admitted he didn’t have an easy childhood but says that, of all of his senses, hearing bought him the most comfort. “When I was young my mother played a lot of music on an old record player,” he recalls. “I didn’t have a brother and sister to fight with so in the quiet times when mum was working and I was on the property by myself, music became an escape.” When Troy was nine-years-old, he came across a second-hand guitar and by twelve was busking on the streets of the country-music mecca, Tamworth. Fast-forward two decades and, after winning the talent competition Search For A Star, Troy has gone on to sell in excess of half a million albums.
But with two decades of performing, comes health concerns. “I am all too aware that in my profession you can lose your hearing,” says Troy, “I’ve often played a very loud gig and gone to bed with ringing in my ears, thinking, ‘what am I doing to myself?’’ That’s why ten years ago, Troy approached an audio equipment company to make him in-ear monitors, which he now always wears when performing. “They look like big hearing aids, but allow me to control how much volume goes into my ears,” says Troy.
Currently, Troy is touring across Australia playing his new album Freedom Rides, but will make time to return home for an important appointment.
Most recently, Troy dedicated a new song to Australian Hearing titled ‘I Can Hear You Now’. To read the full article retype this link into your browser window: http://bit.ly/2uEnfXm