Please Don't Take My Hearing Loss At Face Value

Tamara Marshall | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tamara Marshall

everybody banner It's so hard for me to express this, and even though it's been nine years since I was given hearing aids, I still feel too insecure and embarrassed to admit I have a hearing loss. Plus I worry no one will understand or care, although I realise how silly I am thinking like this - no one is heartless!

Making Jo Cox's Vision For A World Without Loneliness A Reality For Disabled People

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Daniels OBE

Working so closely with deaf children means I know full well that loneliness is a big issue to tackle. It knocks deaf children's confidence before they even start school, affects attainment throughout their education, and causes untold pain that persists later on in life.

A Toddler Born Deaf Is Learning To Speak After Being Given 'Life Enhancing' Hearing Aids

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents

A two-year-old boy who was deaf when he was born, is now learning to speak after being given two “life enhancing” hearing aids at just six-weeks o...

The Lack Of Sign Language In Schools Is An Injustice For Young People, Deaf And Hearing

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

The lack of opportunities to learn BSL is not just a deaf issue; in fact, the survey found young people without hearing impairments were actually more interested in BSL. Over 90% of young people saying they want the chance to learn this language is a demand that the Department for Education must respond to.

This Badass Sign Language Interpreter Just Out-Snooped Snoop Dogg

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A sign language interpreter stole the show at a recent Snoop Dogg concert when the crowd became mesmerised by her flawless performance. Holly Maniatty...

Making A Movie!

Rachel Shenton | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Did it all go according to plan? No! Did we stick to the schedule? Absolutely not. But we did it! Aside from creating something that will hopefully be thought provoking and shine a much needed light on access to education - It just feels great to have taken an idea from conception and seen it right through to the end.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

This Simple Speech Bubble App Brings Deaf People Back Into The Conversation

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Tech

It was 10 years since Bett Rolf was last able to have a proper chat with her family and friends. The 91-year-old suffers from profound deafness, which...

Speak Up About Background Noise This Christmas

Paul Breckell | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Paul Breckell

So it's that time of year again - 'tis the season of seemingly endless Christmas parties and get-togethers. Throughout December many of us will spend time with our family, friends and colleagues in pubs, restaurants and bars enjoying festive indulgences we wait all year for.

Why Channel 4's 'Accessible Ad Break' Is An Important Step Forward In Deaf Awareness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For the 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK, enjoying television to its fullest isn’t an option. But Channel 4 is about to change that by ...

Author Whose Cochlear Implant Video Went Viral Gives Bangladeshi Children 'The Gift of Hearing'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Back in 2014, Jo Milne captured hearts around the world when a video of her hearing for the first time thanks to cochlear implants went viral. Since t...

Why We Want to Take Noise Off the Menu

Paul Breckell | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Paul Breckell

There are few pleasures as universal as dining out with family and friends. Grabbing a pint in the pub with an old friend or going to dinner with loved ones are some of our favourite ways to spend quality time social time with our nearest and dearest. Far from being merely a place to eat and drink, restaurants, cafes and bars are social spaces - social spaces that across the UK we elect to spend our time, and our money.

BBC4's 'Life And Deaf' Shows What Your Life Would Be Like Without Sound

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Watching BBC4's new documentary 'Life and Deaf' requires concentration. If you look at your phone for just a few seconds you'll miss part of the conve...

This Bride Did The Most Heartwarming Thing For Her Deaf Dad

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Julie Finkel wanted to make the father-daughter dance at her wedding super special for her dad, who's deaf. So before the big day, she filmed herself ...

People Of The Eye - Seeing Is Believing

Mik Scarlet | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

. I have always felt that good theatre shows you a life you might never know while holding a mirror to your own experience. I want to leave a product...

Hearing Loss Need Not Be A Barrier

Paul Breckell | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Paul Breckell

For the last week, Action on Hearing Loss has been marking Deaf Awareness Week by asking people to tell us their stories. Rather than set a particular agenda ourselves, we wanted the voices of those living with hearing loss to be heard, and their stories to be shared.

Emma Willis Meets 8-Year-Old With Progressive Hearing Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents

Emma Willis followed the journey of an eight-year-old girl as doctors helped her to hear clearly for the first time. For ITV's 'What Would Be Your Mir...

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

This Deaf Dancer Refuses To Let Disability Hold Her Back

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lin Ching Lan was born deaf, but that hasn't stopped her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a dancer. Although she can't hear music being played, s...

Woman Has Ingenious Way To Tell Others She Is Deaf In One Ear

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An Imgur user has devised an ingenious way to tell other people she is deaf in one ear. The woman, known only by her username "raingoose", shared a...

Powerful Video Shows Just How Hard It Is For Deaf People To Lip Read

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and many have to rely on lip reading to communicate with others. But that is far...

Starbucks Barista Learns Sign Language To Make Loyal Customer Smile

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Ibby Piracha goes into his local Starbucks three times every week. Because he is deaf, he types his order into his phone and shows it to the barista b...

This Sign Language Version Of Adele's 'Hello' Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Adele's comeback song "Hello" has not disappointed fans. The accompanying video has been described as "stunning" and the soulful ballad has been vi...

Hearing Matters - Why Urgent Action Is Needed on Deafness, Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

Paul Breckell | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Paul Breckell

Despite hearing loss being acknowledged by the government as a major public health issue - and with its 'Action Plan on Hearing Loss' now in place - there is still an overall perception that hearing loss isn't necessarily that 'serious'. It's often viewed as an inevitable part of ageing, and its links with other serious health conditions are not as widely known as they should be.

Unscreened and Not Heard

Paul Breckell | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Breckell

As a charity, at Action on Hearing Loss we often talk about the 10 million people in the UK living with a hearing loss. While this is a shockingly large figure - amounting to one in six of us - what we perhaps don't stress enough is that four of those 10 million live with an unaddressed hearing loss.