Deaf Awareness Week

08/05/12

There are more than 40,000 hearing aid users in Gloucestershire and many of them find communicating with family and friends difficult or frustrating.   

During Deaf Awareness Week, the Hearing Services Department at the county’s main hospitals are organising information stands to raise awareness about the many different methods of communication used by deaf and hard of hearing people, including sign language and lipreading.

Information stands will be set up in the main entrance at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on 8th and 9th May and at West Block Outpatients at Cheltenham General Hospital all day on 9th.

 This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about what is going on in  Gloucestershire to improve the lives of the hard of hearing, deaf and deaf-blind.  As well as the information and leaflets on display, visitors will be able to see a range of equipment that can help hearing aid wearers with everyday activities such as watching the TV and using the phone. 

Trust Hearing Therapist, Nell Lovegrove said: “One person in seven in the UK has a hearing loss, but in Deaf Awareness Week we are hoping to reach everyone: hospital staff, patients and their relatives and friends, whatever their level of hearing. 

“Two thirds of us are hard of hearing by the time we’re 60 and we want to challenge common assumptions about deafness and get people thinking about good, clear communication. “

 During the week, there will be an added emphasis on training and awareness for Trust staff, with Deaf Awareness training sessions taking place on both sites.  These sessions are designed to help staff gain a better understanding of the impact of hearing loss and how to communicate well with people who have a hearing loss.