I’m a paediatric audiologist because I’m passionate about spreading awareness about hearing loss. I have bilateral moderate hearing loss and wear two hearing aids. My own deafness helps me empathise with my patients and they can see that wearing hearing aids is not something to be ashamed of. After audiology was mentioned to me as a career option, I did a BSc in Healthcare Science Audiology. I was especially popular with the other students because they could practise on me!
I work in the best place for someone with a hearing loss, as my colleagues and I spend our days communicating with children who have hearing loss too. Be open to colleagues and don’t be afraid to ask for support to help you with your job.
Through Access to Work I was given a microphone and FM receivers for my hearing aids. The microphone really helps – especially in virtual meetings as I can hear more clearly through my hearing aids.
I also volunteer as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, giving career talks to schools. One of my favourite activities is teaching the pupils the alphabet in British Sign Language (BSL).