It's been a busy few months here at #HearingLossHour HQ, so apologies for the lack of blog posts over recent months.
After 9 years of working four days a week, I started working full-time in January with a combination of two different jobs - 3 days a week as a marketing officer for a UK charity which is based in London - and 2 days a week doing PR for a local charity here in the Scottish Borders.
I'm also still working as a freelance journalist. (In fact, my husband and I have an article in this month's Coast Magazine.)
And, happily, I'm still a full-time 'Mum' to our rescue Westies - Tilly (who's about 13) and Henry (who will be 5 in August).
A not so happy anniversary
In April, it was the eight anniversary of my sudden profound hearing loss. I wrote a blog post for Rayovac about some of the things I’ve learnt about living with hearing loss since then.
No April's Fools
For April's #HearingLossHour, we discussed 'Hearing loss and its impact on your career choices'. It was interesting learning about how many people had embraced technology and were successfully managing telephone conversations as part of their job, while others had sought out careers that didn't involve using the phone. Phones did seem to be the biggest issue for working people with hearing loss.
In May, it was the first anniversary of our partnership with sponsors, Rayovac. We celebrated with a live-tweeted awards ceremony. (If you missed Ed (@deaftraveller)'s acceptance tweet, then you really don't know what you were missing!)
June and July
In June, we started a discussion about myths and misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids. There was so much live chat that we didn't even get halfway through our questions and so we continued the discussion in July.
August's topic was suggested by Ahmed (@IamAhmedKhalifa). It's one we've not discussed before, so I'm interested to see what you all have to say.
#HearingLossHour is all about YOU
#HearingLossHour wouldn't still be going without the people who take part, so a big thank you to YOU.
It's a resource for all of us with hearing loss. Your caring and sharing means a lot to me and I learn so much each month and I hope you do too.
If you have a topic you'd like us to discuss, please let me know.
And there's an ongoing topic for Twitter chats any time, any day:
'What has your hearing loss taught you?'