Browsing All posts tagged under »hard of hearing«

Juliet England: As a call to my hospital showed, some people just don’t get Text Relay

March 10, 2015

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Ah, the old textphone. Great giver of communication and transformer of unintelligible sound into understandable, readable words. I do love mine, though, sadly, not everyone does. My brother and at least one friend won’t use it, although two other mates battle on with it gamely. (One no doubt because I once answered and spoke to […]

Charlie Swinbourne: “I was talking behind your back to test your hearing.” My bizarre second visit to my audiologist

January 7, 2014

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Two months ago, I wrote about what I learned from a 15 minute visit to my local NHS audiology clinic. Just before Christmas, I had my second visit. I must admit I didn’t have high expectations, but I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did.  Again, the audiologist (my heart sank a […]

Ask the Chicken: I don’t want to offend people who are more deaf than me. So what term should I use to describe myself?

January 6, 2014

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In an uncertain world, there’s one person you can turn to for dependable advice: the limping chicken. Offering sensible tips for all kinds of common deaf-related problems. Here’s the latest instalment of our ‘agony chicken’ column… Our reader, A, writes: If you’re not completely deaf, what is the term you should use? Personally, I just […]

Richard Turner: What would Nelson Mandela have thought about the lack of subtitles at the cinema?

January 6, 2014

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I really wanted to go and see the new film about Nelson Mandela called ‘Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ ever since I first heard about it a few weeks ago. But it proved to be a real challenge trying to find a subtitled show of it that my wife and I could go and […]

Lizzie Ward: Looking for belonging between the deaf and hearing worlds

December 18, 2013

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What does it mean to you, belonging? Does it mean belonging to a group, or to another person, or to yourself? Is belonging essential for living a happy life? Is belonging something to aim for? I have always wondered this. As individuals, do we have to belong to a particular group in order to create […]

Staci Jones: Why it’s hard, being a Deafie

November 8, 2013

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As a hard of hearing person living  in the 21st century, I consider myself rather lucky in terms of care and lifestyle; I am extremely grateful I don’t have to wear ear trumpets, for example. However, there is still prejudice today that affects deaf and hard of hearing people. In school, more often than not, […]

Charlie Swinbourne: Trying (and failing) to get my hearing aids fixed

October 25, 2013

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On Wednesday, my daughter woke me up with a special gift. “Your hearing aids daddy!” she said, as she handed them to me in four parts. I anxiously looked down. Left hearing aid. Check. Left ear mould, check. Right hearing aid…. AGGGHHHH. She’d snapped the elbow. That’s the bit that connects hearing aid with ear […]