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Editors Message

I love email. I marvel at being able to email via a smart-phone. But my passion doesn’t stem from an addiction to it; it is born out of a desire as a partially deaf person to be able to communicate effectively in an increasingly, and quite literally, noisy world.

Undiscovered until I was started work, my deafness has, like most disabilities, been a hindrance and a help. Most people wouldn’t notice when I talk to them on a one-to-one basis. Two small children means that our party invites have dropped off considerably but should we get invited out my lip-reading skills come into their own. I have been known to turn around a conversation through mishearing something; whilst this on the whole can be funny it likewise can be very embarrassing!

Where I tend to score “nil points” is on the phone. No-one speaks into the mouthpiece properly and/ or there is something noisy going on in the background. I can’t bend my head closer to hear the other person,

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deploy my lip reading skills. Sometimes I spend so

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much time “listening” to the other person it takes me a few seconds thereafter to engage my brain, register what they have said and formulate a reply. During which time I am bombarded with “hello, did you hear me, are you still there”.

Ergo I regard the phone as my nemesis. It’s probably the single reason why people are more likely to receive an email from me than a phone call (including my mother!). It’s not that I don’t want to talk (as anyone who knows me will confirm) it’s just that it affords me a “get out of jail card” by easing the pressure on me when I am trying to communicate. So, the next time I shout “I can’t hear you, I’m going into a tun.....” please don’t be offended. I will be in touch – by email of course!

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Becky Beach, Editor

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