Saturday, 14 October 2017

Collaborative Project moving on...

Having now been up at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and chatted with Dr Richard Locke.  Many things are going through my head as I think back to that first visit and mainly thinking about the things we talked about that day.

It was like we crammed in as much as we could in that one hour we had to chat.

Thinking back there are some things I would like to share from that day that I feel are important.
Having already shared about the cochlear implant I'll move away from that on this post and look at the other areas.

Dr Locke mentioned about the value of sound / appreciation of sound it was a beautiful way to put that in the sense of what he meant.  He shared with me that when a patient goes through a hearing test or a test for the implant its all to do with how we hear the noises being put to us through another source.  He mentioned that yes as a consultant he knows that the patient heard the noise / sound being played to them but to what extent did the patient hear that he will never fully know.

In other words whenever someone gets a hearing test only that person knows how loud or quiet it was and they have no way of letting the audiologist know just how it was received other than yes it was heard.  I sensed that if the consultants did know the extent of how the noise / sounds were received then maybe they could provide better hearing aids or implants for the patient in that way.

I had the feeling as Dr Locke spoke that this is one area he would like to have control over to really understand just how the noise was received.  And to myself that is amazing I think yes maybe this is the way forward like the next best thing that is still yet to be...

Since my last visit I've been brain storming as to how I will wrap this project up and I have only ideas at this stage but I"m excited and wish I could run full flow but that's not how it goes as I realise I have to walk at the pace, availability that Dr Locke has and not what I have.  I'd love to do something to help others perhaps they have just been diagnosed as hearing impaired as it is a live changing event something you never prepare for, I'd love to produce something that can help the patient be at ease maybe a pamphlet to reassure them of those changes and what will happen / what to expect.  I'm just dreaming at the moment.

Dr Locke wanted me to attend a one day conference at the Hospital but due to red-tape its not happening the conference is all about cochlear implants it sounded absolutely fantastic but it's not to be on this occasion it's all to do with copyright as to the photographs I would take and so on.
My tutors advised me in different ways about the above as they heard in my voice that I had longed to be able to attend that conference.  Lewis was happy to help with maybe writing something to them to reassure them that the photos would not be shown outside of university.  However we are unable to change anything but to accept it's not going to happen.

This coming Wednesday and Thursday I will be at the hospital on both days meeting with Dr Locke and another consultant who works in noise.  I hope all will go well and that I'll be able to gather as much information as I can.

Hazel







Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Collaberative Project

It seems the winds of change is now upon us as the new University year has now begun once again, it also alerts me of the urgency to get on with my projects.  To move on into the new areas of not only my life but of studying once again.

This past summer has been one of the toughest summers I've had in a long time with the passing of my Daddy in May it has been a hard and I've struggled with the grief that followed this sadness and loss as I miss him dearly we were very close.  Yet he remains in my heart forever I will never forget this man who was my role model as he taught me many great things in life.  He kindness was unspeakable he would have given his last penny to someone in need, simply I only have lovely memories of my daddy and these I will hold onto for the rest of my life.

Memories are beautiful things we can look back on or hold onto as they help us not only cope but to face the road ahead of us, even today I had a wobble thinking of him as I will venture home next Wednesday for my collaborative project.   As I plan to visit my brother and mum and this will be my first visit since my dad passed away.  I realise people change and move on I'm not really sure how I will move on with the times as one can't plan for something so suddenly, I can only do my best.

For my collaborative project I will be working closely with a ENT consultant who works at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.  He is a young consultant who is very entousiastic about ear surgery. As I met him last week we talked about many different things relating to hearing issues and deafness it was most immersing as I was just amazed to hear how passionate he actually is about such issues.

He shared about cochlear implants and the difference they can make to a hearing impaired persons life and how it can change not only the quality of their life style but how they can hear the normal things that hearing aids don't provide.  Hearing aids only amplify loud noises where as the implants help and work within the damaged ear and sends signals to the brain.  Its interesting to listen to Dr Richard Locke share about those implants and why profoundly deaf people need them more than hearing aids.

I'm looking forward to working alongside Dr Richard Locke and seeing how this project unfolds it might not go how I envisage it to as I can imagine it will take on the forms of many different twists and turns which I might not expect at all.

The reasons for this project and why I'm doing it is because I want to see from a medical point of view the other side of the spectrum to see what goes on and how they diagnose someone as hearing impaired and the necessary steps to helping and providing them with what is best to help them.

I know I walked this route myself but I was only 6 years old and I have vivid collections of that journey.  I feel its a great area to document for my Masters and to tell it how it is in black and white no hidden things, to tell the story in its true form.  Maybe to help others see what is actually going on and to maybe make things clearer to them when faced with a hearing impairment.

I'm not sure where this will take me but I feel it's worth documenting.

Hazel









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