For Hearing Health
Mission #Activistess exists to address stigmas and taboos associated with hearing loss and disabilities.
Ole Grant unifies with the best professionals and organisations worldwide who are on the same quest to make a world a kinder and healthier place.
We are all perfectly imperfect.
a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.
…so I added an -ess ; -) (as in Baroness)
My Mission is to address these ideas
Most people would prefer to lose hearing and not sight.
Adverts of hearing aids feature males in their late 40th, or elderly people.
Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children).
It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss. - WHO key facts. We need to take care of our hearing better.
Best models of aids are costly. Mine are £4,000.
No, I won't put it on my CV that I have aids, even though I will be encouraged to disclose handicaps and disability. I am scared that I will be seen as less capable and judged.
Ears are beautiful parts of human body. Decorated and revered in all ancient civilizations as the most important organ to receive sound and information from the world.
I will make ears sexy again.
And this list is endless!
My Mission is to address these ideas
- Most people would prefer to lose hearing and not sight.
- Adverts of hearing aids feature males in their late 40th, or elderly people.
- Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children).
Questions & Answers
- Ole, what’s up?
there is not enough focus on hearing health. I am creating a movement to help people to pay attention to their ears, hearing health and I am helping women and growing up children with disabilities to feel adequate and accepted. My own experience will help others. This is just a small personal mission of mine while I live in a human body.
- So what's the plan?
I am inviting charities and organisations which are dealing with hearing problems and special needs to partner with me and my movement. I am currently in process of creating workshops for UK Employers about a smarter way to arrange office furniture, layouts and acoustics and I strive to help co-workers to hear each other better and pay attention to hearing needs of fellow employees. I also run a support network for women who underwent surgeries on their ears and lost hearing as a result, or after tinnitus and sudden deafness. I am already invited as a guest speaker and coach to various events around the world, to share my story and to advise on real steps each person can take to prevent and accept hearing loss around all of us. the sky is a limit. this site and my work will always be “in progress”.
- How do you really feel about wearing hearing aids?
these little things have saved my sanity after 18 months of depression and social readjustment post surgery on my head. I am no longer hiding them or feeling embarrassed. I feel in peace and I have accepted my imperfections as a human being. I am on a mission to break stigma of wearing hearing aids and I have a plan to make them fashionable and stylish, just as glasses have become. I am in contact with Unitron – the maker of my aids to share with them my mission and to get endorsed as a brand Ambassador.
- What’s the big picture here?
I am determined to change how hearing aids are designed and sold. a good aid will cost £4000 and new models come out every year. the free ones from NHS are UGLY. I dream of people paying more attention to their hearing health and hearing loss will no longer be associated with an old age and some embarrassing disability. Women will feel more accepting towards themselves and we will be able to talk about imperfections with love and peace. I especially care for little girls and teenagers wearing aids and cochlear implants. Most feel judged and awkwardly different. I will create a better psychological support system for people who have lost hearing suddenly or after head surgery, like in my own case, with NO professional psychological support.
Who inspires you?
Frida Khalo -extraordinary woman who turned her disabilities into art and celebration of life – her plaster corsets to support her spine served as canvases for her drawings and her prostetic leg was a middle-finger-up to fate itself. She felt beautiful despite being far away from healthy and able. She totally transformed her struggles into her best creative assets.
- Are you a doctor or ENT related specialist?
not at all. I am a successful professional woman with great career and another 24/7 job. I blessed to work for an important individual as his right hand and Activistess has been born as a voluntary mission of mine to share my victory over personal struggles associated with hearing loss.
- You are so beautiful
thank you but I was born good-looking and I have done nothing for it. I try to wear beauty lightly and I am desperate to return this favour back to Universe. Beauty is just a tool to attract attention which should be used for a good cause.
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