Hearing access specialists
Hearing access specialists

Could it be you?

We are looking for a volunteer Non-Executive Director to assist with the development and scaling of Ideas for Ears. We have exciting projects and activities in the pipeline and seek an able individual to help guide and support the journey ahead.

Many of our current activities are focused on achieving meaningful, practical change so that public environments become more comfortable and appropriate for people who have a hearing condition. This includes activities to address acoustics, noise, staff communication, hearing loops and more.

We also support businesses with the innovation of new products, systems or services that can make life easier for people with hearing loss.

Ideas for Ears is a small but evolving and ambitious organisation. There is a desire to find a Volunteer Director with an entrepreneurial spirit and a positive mindset.

Knowledge of governance issues and social impact reporting would also be helpful. Ideally, applicants should have some level of knowledge about hearing-related issues, from a personal or professional perspective.

We are based in Dunblane, central Scotland. Our vision is for Scotland and the UK to become more hearing-friendly for everybody so that hearing ability does not limit enjoyment, participation and opportunity.

Please let us know of your interest by sending through a short profile and/or your CV.

2 responses to “Non Executive Director needed!”

  1. “I am a passionate advocate for people with hearing loss. My wife PeeDee and I live in an age-restricted community in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The worst aspect of my loss is that I can no longer participate in what is considered a “normal conversation.” The transition from moderate to severe hearing loss was the most difficult of the many, many transitions I have gone through in my life.”

    Each transition elicits a ‘life story’ some fairly trivial; one ended in our 25 year old sons’ suicide 32 years ago. That specific story was easily the most difficult I (we) faced until my moderate hearing loss became severe in 2015. Now Dan’s suicide vies for first place with my Hearing loss.

    Hearing loss is complex, misunderstood and devastating if lost or significantly weakened. My own very difficult and ongoing transition from moderate to severe hearing loss is the reason for this judgment. With apology to ALDA, I think I am the epitome of a late deafened adult.

    As such at age 86 and counting, I can and do reflect on my life and separate wheat from chafe well. That skill was a prime reason for my considerable success in the big business world many, many years ago.

    One such memory! During recess periods in my grammar school days we played softball. Two boys picked sides daily and one of the first school mates chosen every day was Bob. Bob had one leg cut off just below the knee but still was an extraordinary pitcher and powerful batter. We made some concessions to his disability; someone ran the bases for him. I now think we subconsciously did that for our own protection. He was so big, fast on his feet even with crutches and powerful. ” I now think we feared for our own safety – joke!” While many of the rest of us, in our youthful dreams, thought of a career in professional baseball, I don’t think he did that. His disability precluded it.

    In my opinion no one with moderate to severe hearing impairment can really be involved in what is considered normal conversation because they can’t/shouldn’t expect the hearing world to adapt to their weakness; it would screw up normal conversation big time. 90% of the copious material I read from sources in several countries clearly ignores that. Instead hearing impaired people seem to want the hearing world to adapt to our multifaceted, impossible to define or describe disability.

    In my educated opinion;that can’t/won’t happen! I think we should put our energy working on what can be done which absolutely requires a concise definition of the REAL problem.

    Jim Kurfess

    • Hello Jim, thank you for sharing your experiences. You have touched on many difficult issues connected with hearing loss, most of all how devastating it can be. Your comparison of the impact of severe hearing loss to your son’s suicide is desperately sad but it also bluntly highlights just how brutal hearing loss can be.

      For those who have good hearing it can be almost impossible to imagine what it is like when you cannot hear well. To be honest, I now find it impossible to remember what it was like to have good hearing so I can understand the difficulty. However, there are things that can be done by others to make it easier for people with hearing loss to join in. We have tried to capture this in the Protocol & Guidelines for meetings and events that we have put together.

      I’m sure most would agree that repetitively asking people to repeat themselves is incredibly difficult to do and, as you note, spoils the flow of conversation. However, practical actions can be taken and they should be where possible. This is not only a kindness to those with hearing loss, it is essential if we are to retain the involvement, energy and capability of the one in six people who have hearing loss.

      I’d welcome your comments on the protocol & guidelines – I know you’re in the USA but I’d still find your perspective helpful.

      Best wishes to you, Sally

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