How to be Deaf Aware this Deaf Awareness Week
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the UK’s largest national charity helping people who are confronting life-changing deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. Across the UK, 11 million people are affected by hearing loss and as the population ages, this number will grow. Our work includes providing high-quality support and care to people affected. We fund research to find new treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus, and we campaign for equality so that the people we support can make the same life choices as everyone else.
This year’s Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) is from 6th-12th May and we need your help to raise awareness and challenge the perceptions of hearing loss and deafness! Organise a bake sale, quiz, or lipreading challenge with your friends and family today – you can find the information you need at actiononhearingloss.org.uk/fundraise4daw
It’s easy to improve your awareness and communication skills by following our 5 Top Tips:
1. Get the person’s attention before you start speaking.
2. Face the person with hearing loss and don’t cover your mouth with your hands or clothing so they can lipread.
3. If someone doesn’t understand what you’ve said, try saying it in a different way, instead of saying “don’t worry”.
4. Find a place to talk that has good lighting, away from noise and distractions.
5. Don’t shout – it’s uncomfortable for a hearing aid user and can come across as aggressive.
Being deaf aware is important so that you don't unknowingly exclude people who have hearing loss, or make their daily life difficult. If you – or your partner, parent or friend – have noticed the first signs of hearing loss, you can see your GP for an NHS hearing test referral or book a hearing test at a high street pharmacy or opticians, like Boots and Specsavers.
If you are deaf or have hearing loss and would like confidential information and support, contact our Information Line: by telephone: 0808 808 0123 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm), by SMS: 0780 000 0360, by email: email@example.com or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk