Better Hearing Clinic


Sadly, most of us have been bullied at some time, several, or many times in our lives.

You may have been bullied at school, college, at work, online, by ‘friends’ and colleagues, or you may have been bullied over a period of time by family members or partners.

Whatever forms of bullying you’ve experienced, the effects are lasting and can be very damaging; bullying is nearly always traumatic, often having an impact on the way you feel and behave, the way you live your life and shape your future. It can affect the opportunities you seek out – or don’t – and affects the beliefs you hold about yourself and your capabilities. It has the potential to affect your life choices and career.

It can lead to a constant state of anxiety and fear and can sometimes make you physically ill.

Being shouted at in a family relationship is a common form of bullying, as is being called names and told that you are either are this or that, or that you are not this or that. I’m sure that anyone could fill in the blanks. Where it is accompanied by physical aggression or violence, it is even more psychologically – and obviously, physically, damaging.

Researchers at James Cook University found that being bullied as a child, being female, young, anxious and prone to negative emotional states, are significant predictors of whether you might be bullied in the workplace.

I have worked many times with people both in the corporate world and in my therapeutic practice to help them understand and address bullying – current and historic – at work, in their relationships, within the family and at home.

If you are currently being bullied or have been bullied and are still suffering its effects, get in touch. I will work with you to help you release the anger, torment, frustration, stress and ongoing misery and loss of self-esteem that are the effects of bullying. I will also work with you to help you address and stop any current and ongoing bullying, at home, in other relationships outside the home, or at work.

Rosie Stevens MA Psychotherapist and Coach

Tel: 07939 106560


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Bring back the romance to your hearing! Good hearing does not necessarily mean better communication

I occasionally see people that are just not sure about their hearing, sometimes saying they have ‘selective hearing’. When we complete the hearing test they have a normal result. I then complete a speech in noise test and find the scores, really good too.

It's all great news, right but, what’s up with the selective hearing?

In today's world there is so much going on and so much noise. No wonder we are tuning out.

Our ability as humans to focus on speech sounds which are quieter than the surrounding noise is quite unique.

Yet with all the distractions, it is no wonder we all have some selective hearing. Having better hearing will help of course but it needs to be used in conjunction with better communication skills.

Remember when you spent time with someone you liked and just met. "Hi"..."Hello" the reply. Totally focused and hang on every word. Let me get to the point. Our hearing was designed first and foremost to protect us. It is our alarm system.

If we are not looking at the person we are with, the first bit of any conversation we hear is our alarm sounding. Te meaning of the first word is of little importance to us, when we engaged in deciding if we will fight or take flight. Once we decide its safe and we realise it is directed at us, then we start to listen.

So, it's not surprising then that if we hear a sentence, the first part may well be lost, in that we are not really listening, as our alarm is sounding.

I'm watching TV and my wife says out the blue: “Jack’s got a new car”. I say: “Whose got a new car?” Selective hearing, right? Nope! Jack was the alarm. See, I missed it.

Having an introduction like “Bernard”... pause, “Jack’s got a new car”, changes the conversation. Remember that first date? “Hi”…

Reducing distractions like turning off the TV can really make a big difference too. “Hi”…pause “Fall in love again with good communication.” Bernard Paice

ISSUE 439 | 27 FEBRUARY 2020 | 14

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