My journey to where I am now all started when I was diagnosed with a moderate hearing loss at the age of nineteen. I was referred to a Hearing Therapist to help me with confidence and communication strategies -and the rest, as they say, is history.
I qualified as a Hearing Therapist at the City Lit in London (the first college to offer lipreading lessons to deafened war veterans) and worked in a busy Audiology department for over ten years. It was during this time I started to learn BSL (British Sign Language). Very few other staff members were able to sign which meant that, due to the communication barriers, access to services for BSL users was often very limited.
Before moving to Scotland in 2019, I worked as a Learning Support tutor – specialising in hearing loss and deafness – at a busy college, supporting students both in and out class. I have taught lipreading – from ‘first steps’ to advanced – for over twenty years, and have been involved in providing a range of communication awareness training to schools, colleges, hospitals and even the MK Dons football club!