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    Living with hearing loss means clearing hurdles and celebrating successes every day. At home. At work. At play. Life is big. Live it. Read our stories
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    Raising deaf and hard of hearing children is an incredible experience, from the pain of diagnosis to the unexpected gifts these children bring into our lives. Read our stories
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    Supporting someone with hearing loss is an art. Understand the issues at work in this complex communication landscape. Read our stories
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    Learning strategies that make a difference for deaf and hard of hearing kids. When it comes to the classroom, it’s all about access. Read our stories
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    The facts about hearing loss provide a foundation for understanding the overall landscape of this new territory. Read our stories
Confessions of a teenage deaf lifeguard

Confessions of a teenage deaf lifeguard


Lifeguarding requires patience, attentiveness, responsibility and (most importantly) the ability to jump into the water at any given moment. That’s why for me, as a hearing aid wearer and person with limited non-direction hearing, it’s been the perfect job.

Of course, not everyone has believed the role would be a good fit for me…

I’ve always loved swimming. I used to swim competitively, but I had to pull out when I got too busy with school. I have to say, this was probably one of the hardest things to let go of, because it was such a big part of my life.

I missed the pool so much. The adrenaline from swimming competitively, the kick from winning a race, the peacefulness of silently gliding underwater… I just wanted to be back on poolside again.

In April 2014, the opportunity arose for me to do the RLSS (Royal Lifesaving Society) Pool Lifeguard Qualification, however due to my hearing loss, I didn’t think it would be possible. I spoke to the training provider and asked them if it would be achievable, and luckily they agreed to make adjustments for me.

The Connected and Caring Partner

The Connected and Caring Partner

Hearing loss can be a challenge. Simple conversations, phone calls, and the television become much more difficult to hear.
7 Tips for Travelling with a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Child

7 Tips for Travelling with a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Child

Handy tips for travelling abroad with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child.
4 Listening Skills to Practice with your Hard-of-Hearing Child

4 Listening Skills to Practice with your Hard-of-Hearing Child

Developing listening skills takes practice. Try these fun listening activities for children with hearing loss.

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