Bangkok – Khao San Road

Finally showered in my hostel and with a new change of clothes, I wandered out into the busy evening, the streets a lit with neon lights and the warm glow of street food vendor fires. I was absolutely starving and the best way I thought to spend my evening recuperating was to grab some food …

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Starting my deaf travels in Thailand

‘Oh my word, what am I doing travelling solo as a deaf person?!’ I stood in the middle of the concourse of the Arrivals Hall at Bangkok airport, surrounded by a wave of tourists, business travellers and backpackers, their hubbub of activity resoundingly amplified into my hearing aid, causing a little of feedback. Overwhelmed, was …

Deaf and getting a haircut

*snip snip snip* I caught myself in the mirror, bewildered, trying not to cringe at the sound that reverberated into my hearing aid. Feeling locks of my hair fall gently across my face, I looked up again in the mirror, this time directly at the barber who expertly snipped his way through my full raggedy …

Can you lip read Spiderman?

Subtitled screenings

Sitting down with a bag of popcorn to watch the latest Spiderman instalment at your local cinema, you may leave few minutes into the film. It’s hard to lipread Spiderman. And meanwhile you’re deaf. How will be discern what the web producing superhero is saying? You’re throwing the popcorn at the screen in boredom and …

Travelling solo with a Cochlear Implant around the World

Cochlear Implant

‘You’re not going to travel around the world especially if you’re deaf’  A friend said to rain on my parade over a coffee when I revealed my intentions. I was still in my corporate job and I firmly declared what I would be doing six months later. I just gathered enough money to buy a …

The Deaf Traveller’s Standard Hearing Aid Packing Guide

If you're going on a round the world trip, a city break, a beach holiday or more, then you know packing your bag can be a tense situation (thank you flight carry on weight and size restrictions!) But before I even think about grabbing my clothes, shades or even my toothbrush, I lay out what …