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Mahnoor Sultan: “It wasn’t until I opened up about my hearing loss that I was able to overcome it”

October 13, 2014

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“Sorry? I couldn’t hear what you just said. Mind repeating that again this time?” “Wait. Could you switch off the fan? Really didn’t understand a word you just said.” These lines were my catchphrases for many years. I was born with sensorineural hearing loss. My discovery was made aged 5 when I eagerly ran to […]

Rebecca Atkinson: Why the NHS is the greatest social leveller deaf and disabled people have

September 29, 2014

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Life is a bunch of straws. You pull some longs ones. You pull some short ones. Maybe you got born into a family with money. Or maybe you got born into a family on the brink of existence with barely enough to eat. You don’t get the choice. Maybe you got good health, a fully […]

The Question: Is the much-used statistic ’10 million deaf people’ helpful?

September 26, 2014

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An often quoted statistic about deafness and hearing loss in the UK is that there are ten million people who have some level of deafness. It’s normally the first piece of information that’s offered to newbies on the subject. The intention of using the statistic is to make people consider that deafness or hearing loss […]

Emily Howlett: What it’s like to be a deaf auntie

August 29, 2014

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It’s one thing being a mother. It’s quite another being a deaf mother. And being a deaf auntie is a whole different ball game. At least when you are the parent of a brat, you are allowed to acknowledge that it is, indeed, a brat and decide how you will deal with it. You don’t […]

“Deafness wasn’t my problem, it was my attitude towards it that was the problem.” Jane Billingham on discovering hearing aids at 47

August 8, 2014

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My name is Jane. At the age of 47, in 2013, I started wearing hearing aids. I was well aware of my hearing problems 10 years prior to becoming a hearing aid wearer although I decided to hide behind the character assessments people had given me: Anti-social, ignorant, introvert, shy. It was easier to accept […]

Deaf News: Hearing Link urge Deaf adults to give their views on hearing services in England

July 25, 2014

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UK hearing loss charity Hearing Link is urging adults who have used NHS hearing care services to get hearing aids or other support to make their views known about the quality of the service they received. Health service regulator Monitor has launched a full review into how well the hearing care service model is working, […]

What helps people wear their hearing aids? Research from the Cochrane Collaboration

July 25, 2014

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WHY AREN’T YOU WEARING YOUR HEARING AIDS? Sorry for shouting; I know that’s not helpful, actually. I’m wearing mine, but then I can’t hear a thing without them, and if you can then it’s all more complicated. So far from straightforward, in fact, that up to 40% of adults with acquired hearing loss who are […]