Finding out you have hearing loss can be a shock, the signs can be subtle and it may just creep up on you. If your loved one has been diagnosed you may not know how to help them or where to turn to for support. The HearPeers Mentor Programme is a community of hearing implant users and their family members who are dedicated to supporting individuals who may be going through the same experience.
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss – that’s one in six and research shows it takes ten years on average for people to address their problem.
The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging the 9million people in England who are deaf or have hearing loss to tell their GP what support they need to help them communicate
The call to the public comes as the charity launches its new campaign, ‘On the Record’, just under three weeks before the NHS England’s mandatory Accessible Information Standard comes into full force.
Ahead of The Queen’s Speech, national deafblind charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to set out concrete plans to improve life chances and build opportunities for people with disabilities.
Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, considers that the Queen’s Speech is a strong opportunity to deliver on the Government’s ambitious vision to break down barriers and increase opportunities for disabled people across the country.
Key areas of focus should be on ensuring that deafblind people and those with complex needs can access employment, and that disabled children can benefit from vital developmental opportunities through play.
Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive for deafblind charity Sense, said:
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