Personal stories from the workplace: Sue the photographer

Hear 2 Work regularly talks to people about their work and their hearing loss to find out how their experiences could help you.


Sue Todd
Sue Todd from Sue Todd Photography.
Sue suffered from chronic ear infections as a child that left her with poor hearing. However, it wasn’t until she was an adult that she was offered a hearing aid and then later a BAHA. Here, Sue talks about her experiences in dealing with clients both as an IT manager and now in her work as a professional photographer (you can find her at Sue Todd Photography), and the confidence her BAHA has given her. She also offers some positive advice for those just starting out in their career.

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Personal stories from the workplace: Ellie the marketing apprentice

Each month, Hear 2 Work talks to someone about their hearing loss at work, and finds out how their experiences could help you.


Ellie Parfitt
Ellie Parfitt

Ellie was born profoundly deaf and having just completed her A’ levels last year, she has started work as a marketing apprentice for a domestic abuse charity. In her busy life, Ellie also holds down a number of additional positions and responsibilities in the community and some of you may also know her as @deafieblogger.  Here she talks about what drives her to achieve her ambitions.

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A review of the best hearing aid on the market

Phonak Audeo V90A couple of week’s ago I was fitted with some Phonak Audeo V90 RIC hearing aids. They’re thought by many to be the best hearing aid on the market and I thought that if I was going to take the plunge into buying some hearing aids privately, then I might as well try out the very best.

I’ve always wondered whether there was much of a difference between NHS aids and privately bought aids, and after two weeks, I can now tell you that there most definitely is!

Now some of this is no doubt down to the customer care I’ve received by going privately and the expertise of the audiologist doing the fitting and fine tuning, and I have to give credit where its due to Castle Hearing for this.

Anyway, I’ve been trialling the V90s for the past two weeks and here’s what I think. Continue reading A review of the best hearing aid on the market

Time to Talk….about hearing loss

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Today is Time to Talk Day.  A day when we are encouraged to talk about mental health, with the aim of bringing about an end to the misconceptions and stigma associated with having a mental health problem.

It therefore feels timely to also use the day to talk about hearing loss.  It too, is not talked about often enough.  It is hidden, felt by many to be stigmatising, and for some people, can result in withdrawal, social isolation and depression. Continue reading Time to Talk….about hearing loss

Personal stories from the workplace: Hilary the Company Director

Each month, Hear 2 Work talks to someone about their hearing loss at work, and finds out how their experiences could help you.


Hilary started to develop her hearing loss in her thirties and slowly came to the realization that it had to be addressed in order to continue being effective at work. She highlights some of the challenges she found as a trainer and Director of her own company and highlights the importance of being honest with yourself.

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (25-31 Jan)

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If you’re busy trying to juggle work and home life, then you might not have had time to catch up on  the news and social media this week.   Here’s a roundup of things that have been on my timelines, that might help you stay up to date.  Sit back, have a cup of coffee and check out some of the following: 

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2 tips that will save you time and embarrassment: the importance of routines

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and your hearing aid batteries have gone dead?

There have been quite a few times when I’ve been in the middle of a conversation with colleagues, or in meetings, only to hear that familiar beeping sound telling me that one of my batteries is failing. Sometimes it can take a while to actually stop working and I can carry on talking (and hearing) for a while, but there have been occasions when my hearing aid has simply stopped dead all together with little warning.

Whilst this can be difficult enough to manage when you’re with familiar friends and faces, being in a work situation and with people you might never have met before can make it all the more stressful. Continue reading 2 tips that will save you time and embarrassment: the importance of routines

Personal stories from the workplace: Alistair the architect

Each month, Hear 2 Work talks to someone about their hearing loss at work, and finds out how their experiences could help you.


Alistair Cruickshank
Alistair Cruickshank

Alistair was unfortunate to have suffered a sudden and severe hearing loss in his late-30s. Whilst his hearing loss has been a challenge to come to terms with, he’s fought hard to get the best technology available which has been invaluable in helping him in his busy working life as an architect. Continue reading Personal stories from the workplace: Alistair the architect

Personal stories from the workplace: Christine the telephone call handler

Each month, Hear 2 Work talks to someone about their hearing loss at work, and finds out how their experiences could help you.


Christine Peel
Christine Peel
For someone with a significant hearing loss, you would’ve thought that being a telephone call handler would be an impossible ask. However, a couple of years ago, Christine Peel decided to make a career change to do just that. After a challenging start, she has gone from strength to strength in a job that she loves. Continue reading Personal stories from the workplace: Christine the telephone call handler

Disclosing your hearing loss at work

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For some people this is a big hurdle; I know it was for me.

I felt able to talk about my hearing loss with my family and friends, (in fact it was often a bit of a joke about which bits of a conversation I’d missed and misinterpreted).  However, work was different. Continue reading Disclosing your hearing loss at work