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Pridham, Sharron (Part 1 of 2). Unheard Voices: interviews with deafened people

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    Hearing Loss

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  • Recording locations

    The City Inn Hotel, Bristol

  • Interviewees

    Pridham, Sharron, 1977- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Beal, Christine, 1957- (speaker, female)

  • Transcribers

    McLean, Hilary (Speech-To-Text Reporter - Palantypist, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Sharron Pridham [SP], biographical details. [02:44] details of schooling and loss of hearing as a teenager as a result of Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). SP’s decision to have radiotherapy or not. [09:22] Description of NF2 as a genetic condition, and how this relates to other members of SP’s family. [13:04] SP talks about the effect of NF2 on her parent’s marriage breakdown and her hopes for her own marriage. Describes father’s condition, his acoustic neuromas, auditory brain stem implant. [17:13] SP talks about NHS attitudes to her hearing loss and good and bad treatment within the NHS. [25:32] SP discusses her wedding and marriage, the pressures hearing loss can place on relationships. Support received from husband, Simon and from other family. [31:40] SP has a strong circle of friends who are deaf and hearing. [34:21] SP discusses employment problems, her desire to teach, but not wanting to be a deaf teacher. Discrimination in the workplace. Difficulty of finding another job. [37:53] SP discusses how she manages communication in a group, how lipreading works and how her husband, Simon can support her. [44:51] SP’s decision about children. NF2 is hereditary and this has a bearing on the decision. [47:52] SP’s links to the NF Society. [53:44] SP talks about Simon’s hobbies and employment and travel. [01:01:00] SP describes trip to LINK Centre in 1994 and more recently. How this helped her family. Talks about the support Hearing Concern LINK has offered her.

  • Description

    Interviewed for the project 'Unhead Voices: Interviews With Deafened People', conducted by Hearing Link in 2008 and 2009 in partnership with the British Library, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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    Sharron Pridham interviewed by Christine Beal: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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