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Hi Nicky, I know what you mean. I didn't start to use hearing aids until I was in my 20s, so I didn't have your problems at school. But I work in a school office now and you have my empathy (understanding). I get people coming to the office all the time and they stand tapping on the little counter in front of the window. I have a loop system there, so if I'm talking or on the phone or any situation when I have my aids on 'T', all I can hear is tap-tap-tap. You know the one. Well, my school do PSE sessions, does yours? Most of the topics are like drug awareness, sex education, how to open bank accounts - all the stuff you would need to know that you don't get taught in the national curriculum, like maths and English. I teach deaf awareness in my school and when i start each session, I ask if there are any children in the class who don't hear well or who have hearing aids. I really do think that these sessions help other children to understand (at least a little bit) about the problems of hearing aids in noisy situations - you can't get noisier than a classroom!! - and the teachers understand a bit better too. You should suggest it to your head of house/head of year/form tutor. Your education social worker in school or school nurse could also give you some useful advice, but PLEASE don't just ignore it. You'll miss out on loads of stuff if you ignore it. Nicky, let me know how you get on, ok? Best wishes, and good luck.
Best Wishes, Coll
This message was edited by Coll on 2-9-02 @ 2:18 AM