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

Dr Lorraine Gailey 2015
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

at the company meeting

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

Surviving the ‘Xmas do’

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’

Tips on managing phones 

Artone loop

Our lives revolve around phones, especially mobile phones that are so useful for keeping in touch when you’re out of the office. However, they’re also the bugbear of anyone with a hearing problem, and are one of the first topics of conversation in a room full of deaf people.

My problem with phones began quite a few years ago when my left ear started failing. Continue reading Tips on managing phones 

Starting Out

hearing aid photoWelcome to Hear 2 Work!  A new blog dedicated to helping people with hearing loss, manage day-to-day at work.

I had a similar blog a few years ago on the Hearing Link website, but after a while, my own job became so busy that I found it difficult to set aside the time to write and, to be honest, I also started to run out of ideas! Now that I’ve got a little more free time, and also some greater freedom about the range of things I can write about, I thought I’d revisit the idea. Continue reading Starting Out