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Monday, 29 June 2015 12:26

Coffee and Cake isn't Easy!

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Up and ready to go out, mum notices my top on inside out, another of the joys of blindness, quick sort out and a check, hearing aids in, Apple Watch on wrist, iPhone charged and safely in bag along with spare hearing aid batteries, purse, reading glasses and case for dark glasses, tissues and doggy treats! Thankfully my bag isn't as full as it used to be thanks to a few things incorporated on my iPhone like magnifiers and torch, things I could never leave home without. Unis in Harness and we are almost ready to go, a quick check…
Saturday, 06 June 2015 18:30

My ears, my eyes, my Apple Watch

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My whole life has always evolved around technology, starting with analogue hearing aids at 18 months in order to access sound. I cannot imagine life without hearing aids, I've had them forever.  School was full of speech therapy, small group work and one to one with my teaching assistant, not forgetting my trusty radio aid that I needed to hear the teachers voice without background noise. I had to wear it in a bum bag that Mum kept as trendy as possible but there was no pimping the hideous wires that connected my hearing aids to the radio aid, I…
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:24

Smartly Aided

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I feel incredibly humbled to have been offered to try a pair of the most up to date hearing aids now known as "Smart Aids". I want to thank ReSound for their kindness and I'd like to give something back, not just to them but to the Usher Community of which I am just a small part. To ReSound I want to share my experiences good and bad so that they can perhaps take into account my findings as somebody with Usher Syndrome and that they can continue to improve the technology available to people like me. To others with…
Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:23

If I helped you can you help me?

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I have been astonished and humbled by the interest in my blog http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days and I'd like to thank everybody who read it and shared it. For me I want to believe each and every person learnt at least 2 things from it, firstly that Usher Syndrome is deafblindness and secondly how important technology and its accessibility features are for people like me as well as other disabilities, including those getting older and their hearing and eyesight not quite so good. I cannot tell you how many people have contacted me via my website with feedback and I'm very grateful of that and…
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I should make people aware of the type of blindness associated with Usher Syndrome is called Retinitus Pigmentosa (RP). The characteristics of RP usually start with night blindness, followed by a progressive loss of peripheral vision, so tunnel vision and what we see varies in different light conditions too and not just light to dark but from room to room, outside to inside in brightness and glare, environmental changes that just happen, yes, it is a nightmare! Of course I'm no expert on these things so the following is me talking about myself and just an outline for those reading…
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