Tag Archives: Hearing Loss

Our Queer Language (and some homophenes for you!)

When deaf people read words, they usually use phonetics to match the word to their voices. Sometimes it doesn’t “sound right” to hearing people. It’s not our fault – blame the English Language! I came across this poem many years … Continue reading

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Hardest Hit speech given in Manchester on 22nd Oct 2011

The Hardest Hit campaign is a petition and protest to the Government to protect the benefits of disabled people across the UK. The campaign has the following key messages: Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being … Continue reading

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Why do deaf people “sound funny”?

Way back in the 1990’s – when I got my Cochlear implant, I started writing a diary.  I had been totally deaf from the age of 5 through meningitis. This became a blueprint for a book I was going to … Continue reading

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Lament of a new resident in an old people’s house

Before you read this – remember the vast majority of people in old people’s homes are likely to be deaf, or deafblind…..  Make sure you know how to communicate effectively if you are working in a care setting.  Disabled people … Continue reading

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Exploring Deafblindness – it can and does happen to anyone

So what is this all about? To be deafblind  – no hearing, no sight – wonder if they know what’s happening around them? Surely deafblind people have lots of help, don’t they? They must be living in sheltered housing where … Continue reading

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35 misconceptions about deafness…and deafblindness

Here are some misconceptions about deafness, deafblindness, deaf people and communication that I have come across at my deaf and deafblind awareness classes.  Some of them may be obvious, others not.  If you can answer all of these, then congratulations … Continue reading

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Using Textphones with a deaf person

This is a follow up from my previous blog about telephony and deafness. Let’s look at issues caused by using a textphone (minicom). A textphone is NOT simply a  mobile phone with sms facility. I have a uniphone, this is … Continue reading

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Ramblings on a Friday night

Sometimes people praise deaf people for what they’ve achieved. It’s related to how they amazingly seem to cope in a world without sound. Something most hearing people can’t imagine. You close your eyes, you can imagine not seeing.  You block … Continue reading

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Why Deaf awareness?

Writing a page on Facebook was my first attempt to share deaf awareness with the world.  It was clear, Facebook wasn’t enough, so here we are with our first blog. “What is Deaf awareness?” or more importantly, “Why do we … Continue reading

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