March 12, 2019
5 things that make tinnitus worse

5 things that can make tinnitus worse

Tinnitus is often described as whistling, buzzing or ringing in the ears. Here are some tips relating to five things that can make tinnitus worse.
October 17, 2018
hearing aids at a wedding

Watch: Life wearing hearing aids, the wedding experience

  Do you wear your hearing aids at a wedding? Certain social situations that are loud, such as weddings, can be hard for deaf and hard of hearing people to […]
April 26, 2017
how to protect yourself from dangerous sounds

How to recognise and protect yourself from dangerous sounds

What is the loudest noise in your daily life? Could that noise cause you hearing loss?  Today is International Noise Awareness Day, so along with thinking about these potential auditory dangers, […]
January 12, 2017
How noise affects your shopping experience

How noise affects your shopping experience

Noisy shops can be an annoyance not only for normal hearing people, but especially those with hearing loss or sensory issues, such as children with autism.
January 3, 2017
how loud is a typical day?

This is how loud a typical day is

Armed with an iPhone and decibel-measuring app, I set about measuring the sound around me. This is how loud a typical day is:
December 21, 2016
who is at risk for noise-induced hearing loss

Who is at risk from noise-induced hearing loss?

There are two factors that affect the likelihood of noise causing damage to hearing – the power of the sound, and the length of exposure to it.
June 30, 2016

What sounds are “soothing” for people with hearing loss?

As someone with single-sided hearing loss, I’m grateful for the sounds that my hearing technology has allowed me to continue to experience, but sometimes, some noises – even those that […]
January 14, 2016

Making Music Again – A Grand Leap Forward with Hearing Loss

I recently wrote about performing music again long after I had assumed that those days were over. But I was convinced to try again after learning about new hearing aid technology (my […]
October 30, 2015

Phonak Playlist: Spooky Halloween Songs

Phonak's spooky Halloween music playlist gets you ready for a “Monster Mash".
April 14, 2015

Programmes: Want Them But Never Use Them

When I got my first pair of hearing aids, I was hesitating between a smaller and slightly cheaper model, and a somewhat larger and more expensive one. I honestly wasn’t […]
January 7, 2015

Hyperacusis and Recruitment

Oooh, after dipping my toe into some research about my hyperacusis, I’m now delving a little deeper and have discovered some interesting information on The Hyperacusis Network. Its introductory paragraph is […]
November 21, 2014

Hearing Things and Horror Movies

When I was thirteen years old, I loved horror movies. The scarier, the better. Bring on the bloodbath, and the ghosts and the ghouls. The louder you could scream, the […]
November 18, 2014

Learning About Hyperacusis

Since losing all my hearing in my left ear suddenly in 2011, I’ve suffered with bouts of sensitivity to sound. Ordinarily, I manage this by retreating to a quiet room […]
November 10, 2014

The Trials and Triumphs of a City Break in Florence

An ambulance siren wails — and then another — it’s a piercing, high-pitched howl which cuts into my consciousness like a knife stabbing into my head. Slowly, the sound recedes […]
August 5, 2014

The Tent, the Hearing Aids and Me

There’s a brilliant book called ‘The Tent, the Bucket and Me’ by Emma Kennedy, which tells of her childhood camping experiences. Now, I don’t profess to have any of her […]