Browsing All posts tagged under »hearing aids«

The Secret Deafie: Why I gave up wearing hearing aids

July 7, 2014


The Secret Deafie is a series of anonymous columns written by different writers. This one comes from a Deaf man who has tried internet dating… I was born profoundly deaf. My parents found out when I was only 2 years old, having not responded to my name being called but to a thumping foot vibration […]

Corey Williams: Why I said no to cochlear implants for my daughter

June 9, 2014


Una, meaning “unity” and “only one” was born at home. We spent the first two days together in my bedroom. On day three we made a move to the living room where my dogs had been waiting to see what all the fuss was about. Having never seen a baby before, the barking was intense […]

Deaf News: Plan to scrap free NHS hearing aids under fire

June 8, 2014


North Staffordshire Clinical Commission Group (CCG) are considering scrapping providing hearing aids to people with a mild or moderate age-related hearing loss and have asked for local people’s views on the proposals. People have been asked to fill in an online survey or attend public meetings to air their views on the proposals which would save […]

Lynda Leigh: What it feels like to be a silent rebel – not wearing my hearing aids

June 2, 2014


I decided to not wear my hearing aids today, tomorrow and the day after. Why? My house-minding companions are furry or feathered. Cluck, neigh and woof is a language I don’t understand. I’m not required to answer my host’s phone as it goes straight to message bank. Not expecting any visitors as I’m a visitor […]

The Question: Do deaf people sleep better at night than hearing people?

May 8, 2014


Do deaf people sleep more peacefully than hearing folk? This question occurred to me when we were buying our house last year. Our house is next to a main road, but since my wife and I are deaf, we had no worries over the prospect of being disturbed by traffic noise. We just wouldn’t hear […]

PJ Gribbin: Should hearing tests be less crude, and look at our ability to pick out sounds?

May 7, 2014


I’m getting older and bits of me are starting to wear out. My eyes started going about twelve years ago – I’m short-sighted and I’ve been wearing contact lenses since I was 22, but gradually the old joke about needing longer arms for reading became less of a joke and reading-glasses became a natural part […]

Tamsin Coates: Whatever equipment a deaf child uses, they are still deaf

April 15, 2014


‘Is there any such thing as a deaf child anymore?’ This was a question I recently overhead, spoken by an education professional who works with children who are deaf/have a hearing loss. To put their question in context the lady was relating it to the different types of technology now available which deaf children can […]