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 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

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’