Office noise and working in open plan

open plan officeIf 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.

Work is different. I just couldn’t cope without my hearing aids, and they’re a vital piece of equipment enabling me to do my job. Continue reading Office noise and working in open plan

The top five Hear 2 Work posts of 2015

With 2015 coming to a close, I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the top five Hear 2 Work posts.  This tells me what you’ve enjoyed reading so far, and with that in mind, will help me plan for future posts in 2016.  Anyway, here they are… Continue reading The top five Hear 2 Work posts of 2015

Blog update and plans for 2016

I hope you’ve all had a lovely time over the Christmas period and have some great plans to celebrate the New Year!

You might have noticed that I’ve been quieter than usual in the past week and as well as having some down time myself with family, I’ve also been working on transferring this blog onto my own website, Hear2Work.com. Continue reading Blog update and plans for 2016

12 tips to help you manage large meetings

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Earlier this week I disclosed some of the problems I’ve experienced with large meetings.  In this post, I share 12 tips that could help you to manage meetings better. Continue reading 12 tips to help you manage large meetings

The Phonak Roger Pen: A possible solution for those big meetings and workshops

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 persevered and managed to catch about one word in ten, supplemented with a bit of lip reading. However, the noise amplified by my hearing aids was deafening. Continue reading The Phonak Roger Pen: A possible solution for those big meetings and workshops

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

Lorraine Gailey: Supporting adults with hearing loss

A guest blog post by Lorraine Gailey, Chief Executive of Hearing Link

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Lorraine Gailey

Many of us will experience hearing loss at some stage of our lives, and for some of us, the impact will be devastating. Currently around 1 in 10 adults, around six million people in the UK, are living with some degree of hearing loss.

It affects everyone differently, but what remains consistent is that it touches every part of a person’s life from their ability to communicate, relationships with family and friends, and status at work. Continue reading Lorraine Gailey: Supporting adults with hearing loss

Using a Palantypist (or speech to text reporter)

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)

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

Getting help to manage at work: Access to Work

Slide1Last week I mentioned the Access to Work scheme and having been asked for more information about it, I thought it might be worth writing a short post on it. Most of the information I’ll be using can be found on the Access to Work website but to summarise: Continue reading Getting help to manage at work: Access to Work