24-year-old Luke from Yorkshire, England, blogs about lifestyle topics and male grooming and through his personal blog.
Luke was born deaf and wears Phonak Nathos SP W hearing aids. His hearing aids are a huge help with picking up sounds that he normally can’t hear making them sharp and clear. Also, he likes how his hearing aids are easy to use.
Hearing loss runs in his family. His mother and sister are also deaf. Luke and his sister had speech therapy from a young age to aid their speech.
The start of blogging
Luke didn’t always intend on becoming a blogger. The start of his blogging was sparked by a suggestion from a friend.
“I became a blogger due to being in a rut at the time. Things hadn’t worked out for me as I had hoped, so my friends suggested becoming a blogger to ‘pass the time’ and ‘see what happens’ and here I am 2 years later!” says Luke.
Luke’s blog features reviews and collaborations of products and clothing items from well-known brands. He also touches on lifestyle and talks about special occasions, shares male grooming tips, writes seasonal blogs and much more.
Since starting his blog two years ago, it has led him to some exciting experiences, namely being a finalist for two different categories in the UK Blog Awards 2016.
“It’s a standout moment for me, an amazing night and one I’ll never forget!
Fortunately, Luke has not yet experienced any struggles navigating the blogging industry, but sometimes he comes across challenges when attending events.
With a hearing loss, it can be quite difficult when socialising and interacting with others. He finds it most difficult to hear in loud environments as he talks to new people and experiences different speech patterns.
“It’s all a learning curve,” Luke says. “Perhaps if I become more established, then people may be more aware of my deafness and may alter things, such as their volume so I’m able to hear them, face me when they are talking to me etc. Everyone has been lovely so far though!”
Luke explains how he feels about being deaf. “It’s important to not be afraid of your hearing loss and to embrace it!” Luke hopes one day to “decorate my hearing aids with studs and spikes… I think that would look incredible and be really striking!”
Luke has an inspiring outlook on life around removing stigmas surrounding hearing loss. “My advice would be to not let your deafness be a barrier or to let it scare you off. If anything, you should use it to your advantage as it makes you extra special and could lead to many things”
A huge thank you to Luke. I look forward to following your success in the future.