Blogger Recognition Award

Great that you have been nominated and you have my full support. Having just recently received a cochlear implant your blog helped me whilst waiting for switch on. Your advice and guidance was invaluable.

The Invisible Disability and Me

I am over the moon to announce that I have been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely Jerina over at All Fur Coat and RA.

I am truly delighted to have been nominated. Sometimes it feels like I am writing these posts to myself, sort of like a diary for me to look back on when I am old and infirm but it is genuinely wonderful to know that other people read my posts and (hopefully) find it helpful.

A big thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, comment on, share and like my blog posts.

So, the rules for Participating in the Blogger Recognition Award;

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

So my thanks go to the lovely Jerina at All Fur Coat and RA. Jerina is truly…

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Better Health Care Access For The Deaf Or Hearing Impaired

This is really interesting and I have been campaigning with different services to get support and on the whole it has been quite good. I interact as a volunteer with some local public service meetings where lip speakers are paid for. The local GP centre agreed to put in special notes so that the GP comes out to call me rather than use the existing tannoy system and I can make appointments via email which works very well. Other areas are not so good such as request for an application for Personal Independence Payments (unsuccessful, no surprise there) where my husband had to speak on the phone repeating the questions and answers. Not very good. Our local police force has a special text number you can report non urgent incidents which is useful too although not had the need to use it yet. So things are moving on. I suspect that many the time that new approaches have been put in place only to be lost because people either don’t know about it or find it difficult to access because of lack of use. These are some general quick thoughts. So some good, some not so good.

One big issue of course is cost. Lip Speakers come at a high cost and this is often seen as a barrier for small organisations and the voluntary sector where every penny has to be raised from grants or services. A hard one that.

I think the major issue is that as a deaf person many of the communication struggles are just shrugged off by me and others as not worth the hassle. Everything I do is about first, is there support, second how do I get it, third is it worth it? But somehow you have to make that effort first before you move on.

I have just put in an application for a job. I had to email the organisation after getting an address off the existing post holder because the only way you could ask questions was by phone. No response to email, closing date today, no way of getting information needed. A daily battle this one.

Jackie Charlton

The Invisible Disability and Me

After submitting my last blog post to Restored Hearing, Chrissy Hughes the Community Manager for Restored Hearing and I engaged in a bit of email conversation as we usually do every month, catching up on things we have missed and any future plans for posts etc when the subject turned to contact accessibility for the Deaf/hearing impaired, in particular email access to vital health services. .

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It is now 5 days since the operation and am feeling a lot brighter.  The pain which I hadn’t expected as felt so well directly after the operation has now lessened and stopped taking pain killers.  A bit itchy around my ear and saw the scare for the first time this morning.  Could be mistaken for plastic surgery except the double chin is still there!

Looking forward to the big switch on in a few weeks time.  At the moment there is no difference in my hearing at all as there was no hearing in my implanted ear before the operation anyway.  So at the moment nothing has changed.

It is fair to say that everyone I have been in contact with has been supportive and interested in this journey.  The aim of this blog is to raise awareness of cochlear implants as the figure of only 5% of deaf people eligible for a cochlear implant is receiving support is just dumb.

As this is the first blog I have ever written it will be short but I do hope to update everyone with any news and of course what the ‘switch on’ reveals.

Jackie Charlton

5 March 2016

The Cochlear Implant Operation