I joined the RAF in April 1975, whilst still in the RAF, at Cosford, in 2000; I lost a lot of my hearing and started to be troubled with Tinnitus.
I attended lip reading classes run at the time by the NHS, which helped me to cope with my deafness.
After finishing 30 years in the RAF, I decided I would like to become a lip reading teacher. I qualified in 2005, took my first class in September that year and have beenhelping deafened people, thier partners and friends ever since.
I am also the Chair of Shopshire Deaf & Hard of Hearing Forum, and, and the Training Officer for the Shropshire and RAF Cricket Officials Association.
I am still losing my hearing and I do have a hearing dog, Harley who helps me. I know the isolation that deafness can cause. I aim to empower a person with hearing loss, so that they can become an active member of society again. Whilst he;ping themselves and their family to understand the implications.
I am passionate about getting the message out there...
Look after your ears.
Tom & Harley