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Listen Up! It’s National Deaf Awareness Week

In recognition of National Deaf Awareness Week  we would like to share with you once again a poem by Martyn Brown from the Customer Support Team with Metalogic.

Martyn has been part of Metalogic for over twenty years working first for Modus before it became part of Beacon and then latterly Metalogic when the companies merged.  Martyn has been deaf from birth and in the early days largely survived on his wits and lip-reading skills. His hearing loss increased through adulthood and since 2008 he has worn digital aids.  Despite this, he still struggles with the human voice and relies on Email, Skype (text) and SMS to communicate with customers and colleagues alike.

For meetings at Warwick Office, Martyn is accompanied by two Electronic Note-Takers, who bring the dialogue to life via a computer screen. This is enormously important for Martyn, as he feels integrated into the proceedings. In the past these meetings would be extremely challenging.  This also means Metalogic employees now have an increased understanding of the challenges faced in a non-hearing world and can see how technology can make such a difference to someone’s life.

There are more than 10 million adults with some form of hearing loss.  Out of that total, 3.7 million are of working age and 6.3 million are over 65 and there are more than 45,000 deaf children and many more that experience temporary loss.  Martyn remembers how difficult things were for him as a child and since 2006 has been giving his time to theNational Deaf Children’s Society, originally as a Deaf Role Model and since then as a Guest Speaker.  His talks about his experiences as a deaf person can offer real hope and comfort – often to parents who have just had their child diagnosed.  Martyn finishes off his sessions with a self-written poem inspired by his involvement and will often leave the audience reaching for the tissues!

We would like to share one of Martyn’s Poem’s for your enjoyment.

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Thank you for listening.

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