Deaf counselling can help you reach your full potential

11 05 2017

deaf counselling

Deaf counselling can help you reach your full potential

Mental health issues can affect everyone. From relationship problems to work stress, we all have stress and anxiety to deal with. However, some of us need a bit more support navigating the complexities of living in a hearing world.

Unfortunately, deaf counselling is still very rare; there are very few deaf-aware and qualified counsellors available.

To answer our counselling questions we interviewed deaf counsellor, Adrian Francis, a specialist in person-centred counselling. Person-centred counselling functions from the belief that people have the natural tendency to develop towards their full potential.


The best ear plugs and their surprising secrets

25 04 2017

best ear plugs

Choose the best ear plugs for your environment

Surrounded by noise we find ourselves in environments of excessive amounts of loud noise, commuting to work, festivals, concerts, the gym and loud workplaces.

With the wide range of different levels of noise it should be no surprise that one ear plug cannot fit all. In workplace environments with loud noise such as machinery, we should be using completely different types of ear plugs compared to if we were going out with friends to attend a concert. With the wide range of ear plugs on the market, how do you actually figure out which types of ear plugs should be used in which environment?

Some years ago, I became very frustrated trying different types of ear plugs at music concerts. It wasn’t until I started researching more about how to protect my ears in loud environments that I realised that I was using hearing protection for workers on building sites!


How to sleep with tinnitus sounds

4 04 2017

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Tinnitus sounds and sleep don’t mix

As a tinnitus sufferer, you may be surprised to hear that many people with this condition actually find sleep as a time of escape, that said unfortunately, there are still many people who find sleeping with tinnitus sounds is very difficult of a night.

Everyone will experience some type of sleeping issue throughout their lifetime and it’s important to understand that there are many reasons why you may be experiencing sleeping issues. The 4 most common reasons why people have sleep issues are;


Causes of insomnia include:

  • Behaviour disorders
  • Prescribed medication
  • Health issues
  • Bad diet



A bar for deaf people opens in London!

29 05 2013

A bar for deaf people has opened in London!

The bar staff are deaf and can sign, there is a deaf security guard, a hard of hearing DJ, there are bright lights at the bar with pens & paper, the fire alarm has a flashing light, the signs are in BSL & English.

Salsa, zumba, and DJ workshops are planned where deaf people can be taught to read beats and play instruments.

What’s the bet they’ll even have subtitles on their TV and allow entry to Hearing Dogs?

The Deaf Lounge, Seven Sisters, London UK. Let’s start an international trend here. Who’s coming for a drink? :)

News source: New bar for the deaf where you order drinks in sign language

ABI – Auditory Brainstem Implants

7 05 2012

A query came in from a reader –

Auditory brainstem implants is finally going to become a reality for me,  I’m on the urgent list for another MRI. The ABI surgeon is currently being registered under a neurosurgeon for the procedure later in the month.  I don’t have NFII but have had meningitis and 3 failed CI’s within 6 months post implantation, I would be interested to know if there is anyone that is also in the NT (Non-Tumour) group who wouldn’t mind sharing their experience, the journey, then the ABI and a whole new and difficult beginning all over again.  How successful is it for them etc and if they wanted to share about the surgery and activation, how many days re-admission to hospital did it require, did they require a further aesthetic pre-activation, such as the children have? CJ

Please post or link to ABI users if they can advise…. thank you.

CJ, you could check out the following;

House Research

Calum’s ABI

Amazing Amelia

Facegroup group – ABI Technology

The Auditory Brainstem Implant: One Child’s Success Story

From Us To You

1 05 2012

Do you remember how hard it was when you were younger and deaf? Before you found your way in life? Before you became successful?

Or are you young and deaf, and you’re wondering how you can be successful, but don’t know if this is possible.

Check out Ted Evan’s wonderful film which looks at deaf role models. It’s very well done indeed. Very thoughtful. Very moving. It’s film-making at its best. Nadia is a superstar. Larry actually made me choke up and …. um…. cry 🙂

Watch the film and find out why …. and tell us about your role models.

My Big Fat Georgeous Wedding

8 12 2011

Please vote for Janette and Ally to win this competition, so Janette can have her dream wedding dress! I read their story on Facebook and I’m reproducing it here. This competition will work on a like/comment basis – only one comment and like per person will count (each voter has 2 votes, 1 vote awarded for a “like” and another vote awarded for a comment). The competition is sponsored by My Big Fat Georgwous Wedding. I can’t see a closing date, so get your votes in quick!

Link to vote for Janette and Ally on Facebook (log into your Facebook account first)

We have been together 9+ years. I had unhappy life before I met my partner Ally, I was so happy and alive since I met him, we both are profoundly deaf I use british sign language and so does Ally but he can lipread and has good speech. a year later, I went downhill after hospital diagnosed me with ushers syndrome and Retintis Pigmentosa means it will leads me to blind,I can’t drive at all, I have got tunnel vision, no perperial vision at all,I have stopped going out and do things I liked, because I was scared if I couldn’t see/hear cars coming, small children running about, I had couple of accidents that made me stop going out, I never went out for couple of years till Guide dogs came see me with cane training I did not like it and still would not go out, but I was given a guide dog called Vogue labrador x golden retriever, she was smartest dog ever I owned, she is very obedience. Since I got Vogue, my confident  slowly building up, I have made some new friends. I used to hate do shopping, traveling on buses/trains but I do LOVE traveling now and enjoy my independence Vogue has helped me to take my daughters to school, Ally does a lot of cooking, making hot drinks as I feel cooking is not very safe as I tend to get burnt often due to my poor condition of eyes, I can’t work, I find it hard to find a job because I am deaf & blind Ally and Vogue always be here for me whenever I feel down or having a bad day, they always cheer me up. Ally means everything to me, I am very proud to be a guide dog owner so I can enjoy couple of wines so Ally can drive me home 🙂


– What a lovely family they make! 🙂