My name is Bruce Sprott and I am profoundly deaf and require hearing aids and equipment to help me to hear. I have struggled all my life and now I am helping others who have a similar disability. Being deaf is having what is called a “hidden disability”. It takes a lot of energy to concentrate on what people are saying when you have a hearing problem. I want to share my experiences and show others that we can live with a disability and have a normal life. I am creating speeches and videos and a support program for people to help, understand and work with those with a disability such as mine. People who do not have a hearing impairment need to understand how to communicate with hearing impaired people. 1 in 5 people throughout the world have a hearing impairment. This is a huge number and some people may only suffer from their hearing impairment later in life. Hearing-impaired people struggle everyday within the community, at work or with family and friends just getting through their days. It should be made easier for them and I am trying to make people aware of this.It is important for everyone to communicate. There is more to communication other than speech and sign language and lip-reading. It also includes body language, speech reading, visual clues and tactics.We can choose the correct mode of communication for us on a variety of different levels. We also have to know how to gain a person’s attention before trying to communicate with them.We need to work with small businesses through to corporations, also communities and social groups to help them form a more effective way of communicating with the hearing impaired. Those with hearing disabilities are entitled to enjoy a better life both at home, work, and on a social level. We need to educate and provide information to help make this happen.We want to make this an international venture not just a local one, for this will help all to grow and to understand each other better. Everyone has a dream and this is my dream to give back to the world what the world has given me and that is a chance to understand and see and hear what people are saying and talking about enabling me to have a conversation with people that are patient enough to care.