This blog and the book that is in progress, is my attempt to keep my word to the hundred or more people, whom I helped with UK non-means-tested state benefits. At the time, they were Disability Living Allowance (now Personal Independence Payment) and Attendance Allowance (for people over 65 years old).
All of these people, whom I was very privileged to meet, said the same thing. They wanted someone to take an interest in their hearing conditions long-term. In 2009, the UK public sector could offer six weeks, the charity sector where I was, 6 months and what about the private sector?
So I started up Aqual Limited (as in ‘a quality of life). Trading names were variously Deaf Wellbeing, Hard-of-Hearing Community (which lasted 6 months) and Hearing Wellbeing. I ran Aqual for five years, before succumbing to market forces. My heart really was not in selling equipment. I insisted on trying out any equipment and finding people with hearing-aids turned out to be challenging. So I am back to blogging. (If you remember Hearing Wellbeing’s blog from a few years’ ago, it sank without trace and I could not recall the messages.) I am starting again.
I am always positive about my hearing and I would be delighted if you felt better, or information here makes your life easier.