Browsing All posts tagged under »lipreading«

Michael Fahey: “Deaf? Driving? Surely that’s not safe?” The adventures of a deaf driver

June 17, 2014

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Mention the fact that I’m profoundly deaf and drive and some people’s immediate response is… “Deaf! Driving! Surely that’s not safe! You can’t hear stuff coming! No, sorry, but that should not be allowed.” My automatic response is to roll my eyes and sigh. It’s not as if all hearing drivers can hear what’s going […]

The Secret Deafie: The teacher who embarrassed me in front of the class

June 6, 2014

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The Secret Deafie is a series of anonymous columns written by different writers. This dates back to years ago when I was in a main stream primary school. I had one of the loop systems whereby I wore the loop and the teacher had the microphone. I absolutely hated it! I remember saying that I […]

The Secret Deafie: How many deaf old people are left frightened and confused at the lack of communication while in hospital?

April 10, 2014

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Donna Williams’ and Matt Dixon’s recent posts have inspired me to talk about my mother to mark the second anniversary of her death. In the last few years of her life her increasingly frequent visits to hospital coincided with age-related hearing loss , which made it increasingly difficult for her to communicate with medical staff, […]

Emily Howlett: How reporting my hospital experience to the NHS made a real difference

April 7, 2014

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A few months back, I found myself strapped to a spinal board in the back of an ambulance blue-flashing its way towards Accident and Emergency. It wasn’t for fun, I assure you. However, with the kind of extreme luck usually reserved for Lottery winners and those who accidentally buy a house next door to George […]

Donna Williams: SignHealth are right – my Mum, and other deaf people in hospital, deserve better (BSL)

March 31, 2014

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Last week, two articles on Limping Chicken made an impact on me. SignHealth’s research showing the lack of access to healthcare for deaf people and Jen Dodds’s brilliant call for unity are both incredibly relevant to me right now. I’ve been an admin for the Spit the Dummy Facebook group campaigning for a BSL Act for […]

Charlie Swinbourne: 10 tips for including deaf people at Christmas!

December 19, 2013

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Christmas is a special time of year, but for deaf people, it can also be a tricky time, because we can easily find ourselves spending time around people who are not incredibly deaf aware. I still remember one Christmas when my brother’s deaf friend asked if he could drive over to our house for a […]

Jen Dodds: Why do people assume there’s something wrong with being deaf?

October 28, 2013

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The other day, my toddler and I took our car to have some work done to it at a garage in a nearby town. We were greeted by a rather annoying salesman-type manager person, who was probably also working part time as a game show host. You know the type? Sharp suit, stiff hair, far […]