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“I hid my hearing loss for 10 years”

NHS England Advisor Jennifer Stanley, 35, has had hearing loss since birth but concealed it at work. Eventually, an understanding line manager encouraged her to be open about her hearing. “For almost 10 years I actively hid my hearing loss at work. I didn’t want to be known as ‘the deaf one’ or for people to treat me differently. I really worried that people would only see my hearing loss and not see me as a professional to be taken...

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EY employees Ganeev Chadha, Ben Knighton and Sarah Petherbridge all have hearing loss. But with supportive managers and workplace adjustments, they fulfil senior roles within a global organisation. https://youtu.be/xqsTUPkCRMI 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

“My deafness hasn’t held me back”

Hugh Strickland, a partner at Shrewsbury-based law firm Aaron & Partners, has hereditary hearing loss. But that hasn’t stopped him from climbing the career ladder. “Hereditary deafness runs in our family. My dad is deaf, my grandmother was deaf. My brother and sister were fine; it happened that I was born partially deaf in both ears. As a youngster I got along OK, but in my early twenties, my hearing had degenerated to the point where I had to start...

“I thought losing my hearing meant I’d never work again”

When Laura suddenly lost her hearing a few years ago, she worried about returning to her office-based job. Here, Laura and her manager, Steve, explain how a few simple adjustments have enabled her to continue to thrive at work. https://youtu.be/ZuOJ1XNGJOw 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

“No one knows my abilities better than me”

Tasha Henderson, 25, from Belfast, is an HR professional, Freelance Actor and Videographer, and has profound hearing loss. Watch Tasha challenge prospective employers to change their perspective on employing people with disabilities. https://youtu.be/WOuOEe8PPJk 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

“It’s a journey we’ve gone on together”

Carl Else, 34, from Sheffield is a visual merchandiser for IKEA. Here Carl, and his manager James explain how good communication has helped to offer a supportive workplace “I was born with moderate hearing loss – I inherited it from my mum and my nan who are both deaf. I’ve been a visual merchandiser for the last 13 years, mainly within the retail industry in charge of creating attractive visual displays in store. I’ve never found it difficult to get...

Nightclubs and tinnitus – Jacob’s story

Jacob was used to his ears ringing after a night out, but after one particular night the ringing didn’t stop. He has now learnt to live with tinnitus, but encourages young people to use earplugs to protect their hearing. “During Summer 2017 I was on holiday in Ibiza. One night we went to a large nightclub where I was dancing for several hours and enjoying the music. There was a point during the set of one of my favorite DJs...

Heather’s story

Heather Quayle is Deafblind. However, she isn’t one to let disability get in her way. Heather enjoys running, travelling, and even tried paragliding on a recent holiday. She says: "I’m from a Deaf family. I was diagnosed as being blind when I was 19 and my vision has slowly got worse. It didn’t really affect me at first but when I was 28 it started to get difficult to recognise sign language and I gave up driving. My parents always taught...

Andy’s story

Andy, 74, from Northumberland, was forced to take early retirement as a teacher due to genetic hearing loss. But he doesn’t let his hearing loss get in the way of anything he loves to do – even singing in a band! “I’m probably not your average 70-something with hearing loss. But I don’t see why I should let it hold me back. Of course, there are things I don’t enjoy anymore such as going to the theatre, but I’ve developed...

Lorenzo’s story

Lorenzo, 33, is a marketing manager from Guernsey. Severely deaf since birth, he refused to wear hearing aids in public as a teenager, but now wouldn’t be without them. “For years I struggled without my hearing aids, which meant I couldn't keep up with conversations. But I wouldn't be able to do half the things I do today without them. I’ve been severely deaf since I was born, but my parents only realised it when I was learning to talk and...