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.
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.
If you’ve been away on holiday over the Christmas period, some of you will have been returning to “full-on” office noise.
Often when I’m on holiday, I begin to use my hearing aids sporadically. Whilst it can result in lots of conversations starting with ‘What’s that?’, and ‘What did you say?’, I tell myself that I can usually get by. Although I do end up putting them back in at some point for the sake of harmonious relationships.
A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop, (which was an excellent workshop by the way). However, there was a group session which involved working in pairs and with well over a dozen pairs of people in the room, it was obviously very noisy. So noisy in fact, that I almost had to ask the person I was paired with, if we could go outside of the room to talk.
I attended a meeting a while ago and found that two people there had made arrangements to have their own personal palantypist (also known as speech to text reporting or STTR).
Whilst I had known that there would be a palantypist at the meeting, based on my experience of local hard of hearing groups I had been to, I expected their ‘output’ to be available to everyone at the meeting with the typing being projected onto a screen for everyone to see. Continue reading Using a Palantypist (or speech to text reporter)
This might seem a little premature, but where I work, we had our Christmas lunch booked weeks ago! Anyway, it’s that time of year again isn’t it? The start of Christmas parties and work ‘dos’.
I have to admit that I haven’t been to an evening Christmas party for several years. It’s not that I don’t like a party, it’s just that it can prove impossible to hold a conversation and very easy to end up feeling deflated and defeated by the end of the night. Continue reading Surviving the ‘Xmas do’