Viewpoint: Listen up

David Sleightholm How well can we coach when we have hearing loss? What impact does it have – and how can we counter its problems? Coaching is about listening. Few would dispute this. Yet many of us will suffer an impairment to our capacity to listen. It may happen gradually; it may happen suddenly. That impairment is hearing loss. For most sufferers, however, it will not be complete deafness. In 2009, I suffered loss of hearing in one ear – very suddenly. I thought I had a cold and it would come back, but it didn’t. The hearing in that ear is not gone completely, but much reduced. After...

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