What would you do if your ability to hear was changed forever in an instant? This is the unique story of Carly, a
We asked Carly to talk briefly on her experiences, her new life, as well as her blog, My Hearing Loss Story
She didn't realize it, but her whole world was about to be turned upside down. Without any
"I could see she was talking; her mouth was moving and she was looking at me and was gesturing. But I couldn’t hear anything she was saying."
Shortly after the incident, Carly realized that the damage wasn't only severe, but most likely permanent. It was only later, that she was informed that she had suffered from sensorineural hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss [SHL] is a type of hearing loss, or deafness, where the root cause lies in the inner ear. SHL is generally permanent and can range from mild, moderate, severe, profound, or total. To learn more about sensorineural hearing loss, read out
Carly's sudden deafness has had a significant impact on her life. As she only has
work I would go home and lie down in silence, and watch the room spin around me from the vertigo."
In the days following, Carly tried to continue as normal. She returned to work as a teacher but struggled to understand anything her students were saying over the background noise of the classroom.
"Losing your hearing so quickly can be a frightening experience, and very difficult to explain to others."
Four months after the accident, Carly started a blog to help cope with the changes. For Carly, blogging became "a way of documenting my experiences, a tool to help me make sense of my feelings. I have met so many people in the blogging world, all with different stories to tell."
Since then, Carly's blog has helped shine a new light on a commonly overlooked condition. She now frequently receives messages from people sharing their stories about hearing loss. "Losing your hearing so quickly can be a frightening experience, and very difficult to explain to others... However, I have found great support though online discussions, websites, and in particular through my blog."
- Limit exposure and take regular breaks
- Volume limits
- Keep a distance from the speakers
- Regular check-ups
Carly hopes to raise awareness about sudden hearing loss. "If you notice any sudden loss of hearing it is so important to go immediately to see a doctor."
Carly - Full Q&A
Q: In your own words, tell us about your life before the hearing loss.
A: "My name is Carly. I am 36 years old and I am currently living in Madrid, Spain. I am originally from a small seaside town in the north of England called Bridlington. I am an Early Years primary school teacher, and specialize in teaching 3-7 year old, and have been teaching for more than 12 years."
Q: What happened, exactly?
A: I experienced sudden hearing loss in my left ear on 29th August 2016. Whilst sitting in a school auditorium, listening to a guest speaker giving a presentation, and out of nowhere came a loud screeching sound that filled my head with pressure. The sound grew quieter into a dull ringing, but the pressure continued, and I began to feel lightheaded and disorientated.
Whilst trying to act normal, I turned to my colleague to the right of me to discuss the question that the presenter had asked us. We talked a little, and then I turned to my friend who was sitting on my left. I could see she was talking; her mouth was moving and she was looking at me and was gesturing. But I couldn’t hear anything she was saying.
Q: What happened in the first days? And the time
A: "The days following my sudden hearing loss, I tried to continue as normal. I went to my job as a teacher and struggled through the days. After
Q: What has been the long-term effect on your life?
A: With only one hearing ear, I have no idea where
Q: Any advice for those struggle to deal with their condition?
A: Try to connect with other people who have had a similar experience. Losing your hearing so quickly can be a frightening experience, and very difficult to explain to others. Living in Spain has meant that I have been unable to connect with anybody who has experienced sudden hearing loss, in part due to the language barrier. However, I have found great support