The UK Council on Deafness coordinates deaf awareness week to raise awareness of the 1 in 6 deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK.
This year, the new theme, Coming through it together, is a tremendous opportunity to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the enormous range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.
We are pleased to offer people hearing care at home as the first domiciliary service provider to be awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) for IQIPS (Improving Quality in diagnostic Services). The award recognises the highest standards of service and care delivered to our patients. We are thrilled to help a small part of the population hear better by focusing our efforts on older people who cannot get out locally for help with their hearing.
Hearing loss increases sharply with age – nearly 42% of those aged over 50 years have hearing loss, increasing to about 71% of people aged 70+. About 400,000 older people live in care homes and are disproportionately affected by hearing loss, with approximately 75% of residents having a hearing problem.
The deaf community struggles daily with stigma, prejudice, and communication. Medical studies have found that deaf people suffer from mental health issues at about twice the general population rate. People must understand the difficulties that the deaf community faces on a day-to-day basis. Everyone should become familiar with how to communicate appropriately with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing to prevent them from feeling isolated and alone.
When speaking with a member of the deaf community:
For more information about Deaf Awareness Week click here.