Hearing loss in the workplace: Whats in the news? (18-24 Jan)

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Sunday 24 January

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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2 tips that will save you time and embarrassment: the importance of routines

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.

Whilst this can be difficult enough to manage when you’re with familiar friends and faces, being in a work situation and with people you might never have met before can make it all the more stressful. Continue reading 2 tips that will save you time and embarrassment: the importance of routines

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

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

Lorraine Gailey: Supporting adults with hearing loss

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

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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

Tips on managing phones 

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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