Again for me it was an amazing day because I met so many people who had cochlear implants and they told me of the difference that it had made to their lives. Some of the people had actually had the same consultant that I will have, to operate upon them. It was so inspiring!
My presentation (see Lets Listen lipreading presentation) was well received and I have had many emails from people who are learning to lipread as an aid to better hearing. I firmly believe that lipreading can be a lifeline and can give those of us with hearing loss so much more confidence through helping us to hear more effectively. I remember how I dreaded any kind of large social or work situation and cannot believe the number of events that I now attend regularly. It is still not easy but I am no longer reduced to tears or seeking to avoid them altogether. I use my lipreading skills to help me make better sense of what I am hearing.From a personal point of view I was yet again stunned and thrilled to find out how my website is being used. I was told by university lecturers that it is being used in the universities. In one case it is being used to provide auditory training for people who have had cochlear implants. How amazing is that??
The day was very interesting and there was so much to take in both from the presenters and from the delegates.