Rugg, Tony. Unheard Voices: interviews with deafened people
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The City Inn Hotel, Bristol
Rugg, Anthony, 1955- (speaker, male)
Pennell, Stephanie, 1948- (speaker, female)
Fox, Mirella (Speech-To-Text Reporter - Stenographer, female)
Part 1: Anthony (Tony) Clifford Rugg [TR] born 1955 in Bridgend, Wales. Works for Lloyd’s banking group in computers. Grandfather worked on the Thames barges. Has one sister. [05:56] Went to private school in Wales, became a boarder at the age of 10. University education at the University of Westminster (then called Central London Polytechnic). Pre university TR spent a year working and then living in Vancouver. [10:48] Interested in sport and collecting stamps as a young person. [12:18] TR recalls his time in Canada, building a home with a relative on Salt Spring Island. [16:20] TR talks about friends and holidays. Religion and politics. [20:07] How TR met and married his wife, Jayne. They live in Romsey together. [24:20] Jayne had a hearing aid when they were first married. JR and Jayne has two grown-up daughters. In 2000 Jayne has a mastoidectomy. Was very ill after the operation and hearing loss got progressively worse. [30:06] TR describes attending a hearing test with Jayne, and realising at this time how bad her hearing loss was. [34:08] TR talks about the effect of the hearing loss on his daughters, and on the family dynamic. Jayne’s other health problems. [39:03] TR happy with the treatment from and attitude of most health professionals encountered. Sees some lack of deaf awareness in the general public. Pleased to have been asked by one GP how he felt as Jayne’s partner. [43:48] TR talks about hearing aids and hearing dogs, cochlear implants etc. [48:34] TR talks about communication with his wife. Lip reading is relied upon, and finger spelling. Technology around the house to aid communication, minicom, subtitles recorder etc. [52:22] TR discusses Jayne’s employment. Spontaneous communication has disappeared. [55:51] TR talks about Jayne’s devastation and depression about her hearing loss and his own guilt in relation to this. Setting up a small social group with other deafened people. [01:03:58] TR admits it has been hard work to keep the relationship together but is pleased he and Jayne have been married for 27 years. [01:13:54] Jayne moving towards more positive interests and communication [01:18:30] TR explains trip to the LINK Centre and the effect this had. [01:24:50] TR talks about the things Jayne can and cant’ do on her own, their plans for the future, and expresses his happiness that partners of deafened people are having their voices heard.
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.