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Disposable hearing aids
Hearing aids have come a long way from the analogue aids I wore. My aids were relatively bulky and either sat behind my ear or filled my ear canal leaving me with a hot stuffed feeling. But the latest hearing aids are digital and are far more powerful and adaptable than old analogue aids.

Distance and Cochlear Implants
Having a Cochlear Implant allowed me to hear for the first time in 15-20 years. But there are some limitations. I asked a group of recipients to tell me about the limitation of distance.

Do we deaf talk too much?
Incessant talking is a coping mechanism often used by the deaf so they don't have to listen.

Do we hear with our ears?
Is thinking the same as hearing? Do we hear our own thoughts? And do we really hear tinniuts?

Do we need support?
When a child is born hearing he usually doesnít need any support or extra help to learn how to talk. However, when a child is born deaf he needs intensive support usually for speech and language therapy. What about Cochlear implantees?

Does a Cochlear implant hurt?
This is a question which gets asked frequently. It comes about because thereís a fear of having something inserted into our heads and it poses a number of questions.

Does anyone want to be deliberately deaf?
As a hearing person who became deaf by the time I was about 35 I canít imagine anyone choosing deafness over hearing. I wondered were there any people in the world who had hearing and would like to be deaf and if so why?

Don't suffer hearing loss in silence
Technology is improving all the time and unless we hear about these then thereís no way they can benefit us. I asked Linda Ballam-Davies from Cochlear to give me the latest information about new implantable solutions.

Donít hide your hearing loss
Donít hide your hearing loss, nor indeed hide behind your hearing loss. Itís very easy to be defined and define yourself as the one who is deaf Ė as if this is something important and perhaps an excuse for not being involved in things.

Eavesdropping or overhearing?
Deafness isolates us from important social and conversational experiences which are not easily caught up in other ways.

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