Peter is married with a son and daughter who are both currently at university. He has
spent most of his working life in the fields of purchasing, contracts and logistics.
Having lived and worked in London and the Midlands his family have now returned
to their native North East where they live by the sea in Whitley Bay.
Peter became deafened in 2001 after suffering from meningitis whilst on a business
trip to Northern Ireland. From having normal hearing one day he was left the
following with no residual hearing whatsoever.
Desperately needing some aid to communication he was originally told that he would
have to wait 3 to 4 years for a cochlear implant but after a great deal of lobbying and
publicity seeking (most of which had to be done by his wife) he received a CI in 2002
and he is both delighted and disappointed by its performance.
On initially becoming deafened he was appalled by the lack of information and
support available to those whose 'first home' was in the hearing world and now tries
to improve that situation on a local and national basis. As well as being involved in a
number of deaf/deafened/HoH groups and organisations he is also a contact volunteer
for prospective cochlear implantees and takes part in implant research aimed to
improve the design and performance for future users.