This week is Deaf Awareness Week, and the theme this year is “Coming Through it Together”; the aim being to raise awareness, whilst focusing on positivity going forward.
1 in 5 adults, nationally, are Deaf or have hearing loss. Based on that statistic, that means that 4 in 5 of us know someone with hearing loss.
So often, a hearing loss can lead to frustration between loved ones, create a huge strain on people's lives and result in feelings of isolation, both for those affected and for those around them.
But positive action, combined with small adaptations, can make a huge difference. And there's so much that we can all do to create a more inclusive society for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss.
If you have hearing loss, digital hearing aids, individually programmed to a person's particular loss, can help you to hear better and communicate more confidently. Lip-reading classes will help a person with hearing loss - and their loved ones - to learn the skills to communication better. Assistive technology such as hearing loops, speciali
st doorbells, alarm systems and Bluetooth streamers allow you to stay independent and continue to enjoy the things you want to do. And speech to text apps can be a really helpful way to get messages if someone is unable to hear you.
Download Signal's “Make Communication Clear” tips and share them with your friends, colleagues and family to help create an inclusive society and make a positive difference.