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‘Action on Lockdown’

Vicki tells us her experience of lockdown so far, including the pressures of homeschooling and communicating with hearing loss.    I’m mum to two small girls aged 4 and 7 and so far we have been in lockdown for 6 and a half weeks with the first two in isolation as the girls had some symptoms. I have severe/profound hearing loss - and this lockdown thing has been hard! 'The biggest hurdle has been homeschooling' In some ways the things I’ve found tricky...

“I would never have admitted I couldn’t hear”

Elizabeth started to lose her hearing in her 40’s and found she was missing out on conversations. Thanks to support from Action on Hearing Loss, she is now getting the most out of her hearing aids and is more connected to friends and family. Elizabeth, from East Belfast, started to lose her hearing when she was in her 40s. She said: “I was in York for a conference in 1991 and I was on an open top bus. It was very...

“Don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing you can do about tinnitus”

Laura James, 30, an audiologist from Leeds, has severe hearing loss and constant tinnitus. But years of therapy and practise have taught her the best ways to manage the condition. “LOOKING back, I always had tinnitus but I wasn’t aware as a child that it was anything but normal. I thought everybody must have it. Between the ages of 0-16, I had an undiagnosed hearing loss, although we didn’t know that then. My mum was told by various doctors throughout...

“Tinnitus can be isolating”

Profoundly deaf since birth, Professor of forensic biology Graham Williams, 43, has tinnitus, and finds the biggest trigger is background noise. “I AM profoundly deaf and have been since birth. To manage with this, I rely on lipreading and powerful hearing aids. I also have tinnitus. My tinnitus takes the form of whirring noises, clicks, whistling and the occasional explosion. Sometimes the sounds can be very jarring and other times it can be rather melodious, which means I am looking for...

Ken’s story

Ken leads the Belfast Fundraising Volunteer group. The team have raised more than £3000 for Action on Hearing Loss in 2019, and have lots planned for the New Year. Who are the Fundraising Volunteer Group? There are five of us in the team at the moment and hopefully soon there will be two more. I’m a great believer in team, we work together and that’s what it’s all about. Our members are Paul Stewart, Larry Kelly, Heather Kelly and Paul Taylor....

“I’ve had tinnitus since I was 12”

Bronagh, 37, from Belfast, developed tinnitus at just 12 years old, after standing next to a speaker at a youth disco. “WHEN I was in secondary school, I used to go to a youth disco with friends at a local hotel in North Belfast. They had big speakers playing very loud music and my ears often rang after a night there. One particular night I stood very close to the speaker - and after this the ringing never went away. I...

“Tinnitus is the soundtrack to my life”

Two years ago, Jess, a receptionist from Newport, woke up with tinnitus. After initially struggling to manage it, she's now in control and has started a blog to help others with tinnitus. https://youtu.be/LyFE-GQxUEU "I woke up one day with a high-pitched noise filling my head. I didn’t know where it came from – there was no big moment, no loud bang, not even a big night out the night before. Initially, I wasn’t worried. I’d had ringing ears in the past...

Gerard’s story

Bus driver Gerard started experiencing issues at work when he began to struggle to hear the bell on the bus. He joined Action on Hearing Loss’ Workable programme and with their support he has seen a significant improvement in his life. Gerard works for Translink as a Bus Driver. He initially approached Action on Hearing Loss for support in February 2017, after having been referred by Sensory Support. He was experiencing issues in his workplace connected to his hearing loss...

CVs and interviews – Amy’s story

Amy McMillan, 24, has recently completed a Masters in Digital Media Communications at Ulster University. She has degrees in Photography and Graphic Design and has just started a job as a Junior Digital Marketing Assistant. Amy’s journey to employment has not been easy, however. She believes that many employers see her deafness as a barrier, and are consequently less likely to consider her for a job. She says: “I’m always in two minds about whether to mention my deafness on application forms....

“I got the job and was delighted”

Jack is profoundly Deaf and was refused work several times. With our help he found work with Willis Construction and is now part of the team. https://youtu.be/6zGmzDgeQqk Our Working for Change campaign aims to improve attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace. Whether you’re an employee or an employer, we need your help. More like this