East Cheshire National Trust Association – 11th April
By Nigel Birley on Apr 09, 2017
Here is a reminder of our upcoming lecture.
WHEN: Tuesday 11th April @ 7.30pm
WHERE: St Michael’s Church Hall, Bramhall SK7 2PG
WHAT: How we Communicate – Helen Tenwolde
Helen Tenwolde qualified in accountancy specialising in Company Law and Taxation. After qualifying she worked in public practice in Manchester and Macclesfield for two years when she was offered a job in Paris by an American company with a new production plant. Two months later she was working in Paris in what turned out to be a hearing aid factory and distribution centre. This decided her to re qualify and take exams in both Audiology and Noise abatement. Since then Helen has worked in hearing aid technology and hearing protection for noisy environments, and has businesses in Acoustics, Occupational Health and in Hearing Aid Audiology. (She has also raised 3 lively children, and had lots of fun in her hobbies of sailing and riding – although never at the same time.)
Helen will talk about how we communicate, what happens when we don’t hear well, and what can be done to help. Her range of experiences has led to a passion about communications. She says “So often we talk without listening. So often a message given is not the same message which is received. I have learned that sophisticated communication is not ensuring the speaker is understood, but that the listener’s view and perception of the message is understood. The starting point in good communications is being able to hear accurately.”
Of our five senses, hearing is the one which is said to give the greatest joy and sense of wellbeing. It enables easy and accurate communication at a multifaceted level. All friendships and close relationships are developed and sustained through good communications.
Unfortunately no one knows what they don’t hear – only what they do. A simple hearing test is the only way to find out and she encourages them in the same way that we check our eye sight and our dental health. There is much misunderstanding about the difference between hearing loudly enough and hearing clearly enough although it is easy to find out. The old fashioned stigma associated with wearing spectacles is long gone, but sadly it still lingers with regard to hearing and this sometimes affects people’s reticence to find out how well they hear. She hopes to dispel some myths and raise awareness of the importance of good hearing health.
Further details can be obtained from Nigel at N.R.Birley@gmail.com or on 01625 348347