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Why It Pays to Invest in Research

Paul Breckell | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Breckell

I've got some good news that I really want to share with you today - the first drugs to treat hearing conditions are expected within five years according to the report published by Action on Hearing Loss. This is a big deal.

NHS: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (Not Me...)

Paul Breckell | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Paul Breckell

According to this week's Budget speech, satisfaction with the NHS is rising year on year. While the NHS can be incredible in a crisis - as I discovered when a close friend, in his early forties, went from complaining of headaches and dizzy spells to, 48 hours later, having lifesaving brain surgery - there are other, unsung services that are facing unprecedented cuts.

This Entire Town Learned Sign Language To Surprise Their Deaf Neighbour

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In probably the loveliest thing we've seen all month, an entire town spent a month secretly learning sign language so that they could surprise their d...

'My Deafness Will Help Make Me A Better Doctor'

The Huffington Post UK | Eugene Smith | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Like any young woman, Justine Durno has dreams. This 26-year-old is currently in her third year of studying medicine and wants to become a GP. Unl...

Touching Video Shows What It's Like For Deaf People Hearing For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The next time you complain about someone's loud conversation on the train, you may want a reality check to consider how lucky you are to hear in the f...

Deaf Children Are Being Failed by the Education System

Susan Daniels | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

Imagine a world where nearly two thirds of children were leaving school without getting good GCSEs. Parents would rightly be furious that their child hadn't got the right support at school. There would be outrage and a clamour for urgent action. But when it comes to deaf children, this is the reality that we face.

15 and Learning to Speak - Patrick's Story

Kiki King | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Kiki King

Neither director Daniel Bogado or I could have ever imagined we would witness such a pure moment of sudden realisation and transformation when we set out for Uganda to make this Unreported World documentary for Channel 4.

Don't Believe the Deaf Community Exists? Watch Grayson Perry Discover the Deaf World on C4 Tonight

Charlie Swinbourne | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Swinbourne

Ever since I was a child, I've met people who seem incredulous at the idea that there might be a Deaf community.

The Shocking Moment Thugs Pushed A Blind And Deaf Man Onto Train Tracks

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

Shocking CCTV footage of a blind and deaf man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Tr...

11 Sounds Deaf People Would Love To Hear

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us take everyday sounds for granted. The singing of birds, cars passing in the street, people talking to one another as they walk along th...

Putting a Stop to Bullying

Ian Noon | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Ian Noon

By taking a few simple steps, we can all minimise the risk of bullying and make sure that deaf children and young people have happy memories and experiences at school and leave as confident adults.

Say What?

Deborah Gale | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Gale

In the UK, an estimated 4 million people have unaddressed hearing loss. It takes most people at least 10 years, before they do anything about it. What a waste. During this time, they miss out on 10 years worth of good hearing, at the same time as making themselves less likely to accept and adapt to wearing assistive devices.

Nine Reasons Why Being Deaf Isn't That Bad, Honest

Clodagh Corbett | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Clodagh Corbett

1) You get free tube travel If you live in a London borough, you can get a Freedom Pass, which entitles you to free bus and tube travel all around London. Cheers Boris! You won't however, be able to get a blue badge, which would be really handy for parking wherever you want. A quick check with the council will confirm "Bog off, there's nothing wrong with your legs".

Deaf Man Signed 'Watch Me' Before Fatal Punch

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

A deaf man signed "watch me" before he killed an actor with a single punch, a court has heard. Matthew Powe, 30, knocked out Vitalis Katakinas duri...

The Heartfelt Moment This Deaf Woman Hears Sound For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Joanne Milne suffers from Usher's syndrome, a condition that usually starts from birth and affects the inner ear. She has never heard a sound, not...

The Welfare Cap Will Leave Many Disabled People Fearful for Their Future

Sue Brown | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Brown

All too often disabled people are being hit the hardest by this Government's spending cuts. Many disabled people are struggling to make ends meet as they face long delays for assessment for PIP, have been hit by the bedroom tax and experience cuts to social care. In reality, the only way to keep spending below the newly announced welfare cap will be to restrict benefits for this same group.

Deafness in Sport - Overcoming the Odds

Alex Jones | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Sport
Alex Jones

In terms of American sport - and global sport - not only making the grade in the NFL, but playing for a Super Bowl-winning franchise is just about as high an accolade as it gets. But while Coleman would rightfully have celebrated Seattle's success, and considered it his career high-point, he might also have reflected that his greatest achievement to date would have been getting to the NFL in the first place.

To Go on Being World Leaders in Supporting Disabled People We Need to Tackle the PIP Backlog

Sue Brown | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Brown

many will also be unaware that figures released from the DWP last week, showing that out of a total of 229,700 new claims for PIP made since last April, only 43,800 decisions have been made.

Subtitles - The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Clodagh Corbett | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clodagh Corbett

The BBC does seem to specialise in its welcomes. A personal favourite is the introduction of the 'arch bitch of Canterbury' Alright, he may not be everyone's cup of tea but that's a bit uncalled for! Let's not forget introducing the Chinese Year of the Horse as 'Year of the Whores'. Crikey!

Helping My Deaf Teenager Grow Up

Helen Armstrong | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Armstrong

This situation is the reality for many parents of deaf children. Lucy was diagnosed as moderately deaf at 9 months old. 90 per cent of deaf children are born to hearing parents with no experience of deafness and I also had no experience. So I had to start from the beginning and learn as much as I could.

Pardon? A Day in the Life of... a Deaf Twentysomething

Clodagh Corbett | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clodagh Corbett

Of the 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, 3.7 million are of working age (16 - 64) Have you wondered just how young deaf people manage to lead normal lives? Yes, yes you have.

Now Is the Time to Get Disability on the International Development Agenda

James Thornberry | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Disabled people have unique needs and we cannot expect this group to just be absorbed in general aid or international development programmes. Instead we must provide targeted support that benefits this vulnerable and often forgotten group.

Did Mandela Deaf Interpreter Take Part In Brutal 'Necklacing' Murder?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The man who caused a world-wide furore over his fake sign language at Nelson Mandela's funeral was part of a gang of "necklacers", who murdered oppone...

Britain's Medal-Winning Deaflympics Heroes Deserve Recognition, Not Silence

Charlie Swinbourne | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Sport
Charlie Swinbourne

Why haven't we heard these stories? There's no doubt that Britain's deaf athletes suffer not only from the chronic lack of funding but also from the lower profile of the Deaflympics. I argued after last summer's games that the Paralympics were a missed opportunity for deaf athletes, but we've just seen another missed opportunity in the lack of coverage in mainstream media for these Deaflympics.

Can Super-Fast Hand Dryers Damage Your Hearing?

Tom Rokins | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Rokins

If you are reading this, then you probably suspect what the answer may be. Sadly, your suspicions would seem to be correct - it would seem that yes, the relatively new "super-fast" hand dryers can indeed negatively impact your hearing.