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Charlie Swinbourne: The joy of having my ears syringed

March 5, 2015


As usual, I’d waited far too long to get my ears cleaned. About a year ago (yes, a whole year), I went to get some new earmolds made, only to be told by the audiologist that there was too much wax in my ears. So I booked myself in at my local GPs practice for […]

Read: Jackie Ashley’s Guardian article on the effects of refusing people hearing aids

February 10, 2015


Jackie Ashley, daughter of the late deaf politician and campaigner Lord Jack Ashley, has written an article for the Guardian today about the long-term effects of how some parts of the NHS are now planning to refuse people hearing aids. Extract: A decent hearing aid is such a small thing. Cochlear implants cost more but can keep […]

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

October 13, 2014


“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


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


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


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


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 […]