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Blog: Guinea pig for technology at audiology drop in

By John Newton, Hearing Link volunteer

Fresh from a stimulating weekend in Edinburgh with Hearing Link earlier this month, I found myself on the train again  to do my stint as volunteer at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI).

The audiology clinic there run a drop-in centre for assistive devices for two hours each Monday afternoon. This is the same idea as Hearing Link’s Hearing Hub at the Grange, High Wycombe.

In Manchester it relies on a small cohort of volunteers. This time, my colleagues are George who is a retired consultant clinical pharmacologist and Sadya who is a currently doing a masters degree in audiology prior to qualifying as a clinical audiologist. George has two hearing aids . He also has a Roger Pen which he is moderately pleased with. He says it’s fine for talking one to one but not so good for group conversation. We swapped memories of Edinburgh where he did his initial medical training, quite a long time ago.

We didn’t have many customers so I took on the role of guinea pig wishing to try out the Conversor Pro device to use with my Med-El cochlear implant.

As the MRI system allows, I have now  borrowed one for two weeks and I look forward to trying it out at the various social get-togethers which this festive season brings. I’ll let you know how I get on!


John is a Hearing Link volunteer who enjoys writing, taking photography, as well as supporting people with hearing loss through events, talks and one-to-one support.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog owner and do not represent those of Hearing Link Services or Hearing Dogs for Deaf People unless explicitly stated.

John Newton

John NewtonJohn Newton was forced to take early retirement in his early fifties because of increasingly serious hearing loss. He spent ten years wandering the world in a small sail boat, with over a year in Australia. After that trip, John was fitted with a cochlear implant and encountered other deaf people for the first time through Hearing Link. Subsequently he got involved in helping to run LinkUps from which he got immense satisfaction. John is still involved with Hearing Link and with another local charity which supports people with cochlear implants.

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