This week is a fantastic opportunity to create positivity when it comes to Deafness.
This is a week to raise awareness and support those with hearing impairments and for those living with loved ones who are deaf and to show this isn’t a taboo subject! Any person can have or gain a hearing impairment and although hearing can and often does become impaired with age, one of the biggest misconceptions can be an association with the elderly. Did you know that there are 50,000 children across the UK with hearing loss?
I have been working in the Medical Device industry for the last 3 years and having a sole focus on Audiology in the last 10 months I am grateful that my understanding of Audiology has grown remarkably. From speaking to hiring managers, Sales Representatives, Engineers and Educators I have learnt so much, across so many different areas within Audiology from Aids, Diagnostics, to Surgical procedures and how they shape and improve life quality – and the greatest thing is, it will only get better!
In this modern day with such technological advancements, it is getting easier to do the simplest of tasks; from “Google’s sound and environmental adjustments” to Manufacturers collaborating with mobile phone companies to allow people with hearing aids to “control sound and volume of their hearing aids with a single tap of their finger!”
There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, that's around one in six of us! So, it makes sense to hear that at least 24,000 people in the UK use British Sign Language (BSL) as their main language! Isn’t that amazing?
I suppose my goal for this article today as part of Deaf Awareness Week is to allow those without hearing impairments to share a thought for those that do. How would your life change if you could no longer hear? What impact would it have on your life your interests? What opportunities would it open for you? We often take the simplest of things for granted. We shouldn’t feel ‘sorry’ for people with hearing impairments though. Embrace their situation and engage by establishing eye contact and speaking slowly, clearly or “even better learn some sign language!” This week is fantastic to gain positive social engagement for those who have or live with loved ones and friends with deafness!