Inside A Cochlear Implant User’s Hand Luggage

As most of you are aware by now, I LOVE to travel and I have blogged about my top tips and advice on several occasions. Continue reading “Inside A Cochlear Implant User’s Hand Luggage”

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The Invisible Disability and Me, The Book

My apologies for not updating my site in recent months, I have been busy working on The Invisible Disability And Me, the book and now, finally, it is ready!

I have published The Invisible Disability And Me as a self help guide for those suffering with any form of hearing loss, whether mild, severe or profound as well as those inflicted with Tinnitus or considering a Cochlear Implant. The aim of the book is to empower, educate and help the hard of hearing deal with their everyday lives. If it can help improve just one person’s outlook on life, then I consider it a job well done.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, it has truly been a labour of love but I am incredibly proud to announce that the Kindle AND Paperback versions are NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!!!

The Kindle edition is available from Amazon for £1.99 with ALL proceeds being donated to Hearing Link UK in recognition of the fantastic support and advice they provided to me and my family, as well as the work they do to help countless others.

If you would like to purchase the Kindle edition, please click here;

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The paperback edition is also now available to buy from Amazon and is priced at £4.99, again, ALL proceeds will be donated to Hearing Link.

If you would like to purchase the Paperback edition, please click here;

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So, what are you waiting for? BUY, BUY, BUY!!

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Breaking The Silence: Live

The Channel 4 documentary Breaking The Silence: Live which aired this evening at 8pm proved to be emotional viewing, especially for me, having gone through the same experience early last year. 

I identified with so much of what the patients talked about, not only about their medical diagnosis, but with their feelings of isolation, loss of character and confidence and deterioration of their relationships with loved ones.  Continue reading “Breaking The Silence: Live”

11 Myths and Facts About Cochlear Implants

My last post ‘6 Myths and Facts About Hearing Loss’ garnered a lot of interest from individuals with and without hearing loss. A lot of people were unaware of many of the facts uncovered and so I thought I would follow this up with a post on the common myths and facts about Cochlear Implants. Continue reading “11 Myths and Facts About Cochlear Implants”

All You Need To Know About Cochlear Implants

Whether you are a prospective CI recipient, a current CI user, a family or friend of a CI user or simply just curious about technology and the marvels of medical science, I have put together a wide range list of links to information for you to read (with a few of my own posts peppered in there!). . Continue reading “All You Need To Know About Cochlear Implants”

Flying With My Robot Ear

Last week  brought a new first for me; the first time I have flown with my implant!!

I was a bit nervous about this, but was pleased that we had a short-haul flight before our rather hectic honeymoon travelling. I researched A LOT and found quite a fair bit of conflicting advice. Some sources stated that a CI user should not go through the metal detectors at the airport as there is risk of the processor being scrambled so you should opt for a full body pat down whereas some sources said it was absolutely fine to go through the detectors but that you may hear a buzzing noise and you will set off the detector. Continue reading “Flying With My Robot Ear”

Choosing A Device.

I want to focus this post on choosing a device of your Cochlear Implant as I believe this is the hardest part of the whole process and one that will impact on you for the rest of your life. For those considering / in the process of getting an implant this post might be able to give you some helpful tips. Continue reading “Choosing A Device.”

The Big Switch On!

So January 14th 2015 is the day I tentatively rejoined the hearing world thanks to medical science.

I had deliberately kept my expectations of the implant low as advised by the audiologists to save any initial disappointment. The switch on is apparently the worst part of the whole process as some people are left disheartened by what little they can hear and the quality of sound – remember this is not natural hearing, it is electrical! Continue reading “The Big Switch On!”