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”

17 Things To Expect When You Get A Cochlear Implant

1) There will be a lot of tests before you are deemed ‘eligible’; There are MRI scans, CAT scans, speech perception tests, hearing tests and various other assessments you will have to go through before they can accurately assess you against the NICE criteria. Continue reading “17 Things To Expect When You Get A Cochlear Implant”

From Sudden Deafness To A Robot Ear

Whilst clearing out files and paperwork during my day job office move, I came across my 2014 diary and decided to reread the (traumatic) years events.

I had detailed every single GP/Audiology/Therapy/A&E appointments and assessments that I attended throughout 2014 and thought I would share with you the journey I went through to get to this point today. Continue reading “From Sudden Deafness To A Robot Ear”

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”

Cochlear Implant Surgery

So as most of you are aware, I had surgery on the 4th December 2014 for a right sided Cochlear Implant. I just wanted to share my own experience with you all thus far and give those who may well be contemplating a CI a bit of insight into the surgery and recovery process. Continue reading “Cochlear Implant Surgery”

Cochlear Implants

So I know I mentioned in my last post (Effects of Hearing Loss in case you haven’t caught up yet) that I would talk about handy tips and hints on how to improve communication for hearing impaired people and their family/friends, but I am going to deviate from my plan slightly as I have BIG (well, for me it is big anyway) news…

It has been confirmed that I will be having surgery for a Cochlear Implant on Thursday, as in 6 days away!! Continue reading “Cochlear Implants”

Recognising SSHL

Now I do not pretend to be a Doctor or to know everything about Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) but whilst I was off work for a long period after my diagnosis, I confess I did become a bit obsessed with learning about this particular type of hearing loss.

I know there are probably hundreds (if not thousands) of reasons and medical explanations as to why people develop a hearing loss and obviously it varies from person to person, but I wanted to focus on SSHL because it appears to be a lesser known condition and it is one that can be very sudden and dramatic, with no real known cause. Continue reading “Recognising SSHL”