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

Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (15-21 Feb)

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Sunday 21 February

 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 the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • Hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia
  • One in five US teens is found to have hearing loss
  • WHO launches survey on assistive devices
  • New study finds hearing loss affects 40% of musicians
  • DWP introduces video relay services for sign language users
  • Applewatch review and developments
  • Action on hearing loss launch new survey

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (8-14 Feb)

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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 the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  As it was tinnitus awareness week in the UK, much of the news was dominated by tinnitus related stories.
  • Nottingham Hearing Biomedical research Unit newsletter was published
  • JAMA publishes findings of new research into treatment for chronic tinnitus
  • Action on Hearing Loss announces findings of new survey of tinnitus sufferers 
  • Progressive hearing loss linked to Wbp2 gene
  • Research proposals sought for detection and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Consultation on planning and noise guidance

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (1-7 Feb)

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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 the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • The impact of the Zika virus on your hearing
  • New study from the USA on the prevalence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus amongst workers
  • Plans to privatise the Access to Work scheme
  • New study on the impact of hearing aids on memory, speech and working life
  • Hearing loss of oil and gas workers – double that of other industries
  • Free online course on Deafness in the 21st Century
  • Tinnitus Awareness Week
  • Plus a range of diary dates for conferences and webinars

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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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A price worth paying?

I’ve recently been involved in an email exchange with a friend about the implantable hearing aids produced by Phonak called the Lyric. My friend described them as “life changing” and I was intrigued to find out what the difference was between these and my normal hearing aids.

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