Action on Hearing Loss

Hearing is something that unfortunately always seems to go with age. There is one animal however that doesn’t suffer these
A two-year-old boy who was deaf when he was born, is now learning to speak after being given two “life enhancing” hearing
Human testing begins in less than two years.
Each human is born with around 15,000 hair cells inside each ear. Once they’re damaged they’re gone, as unlike other animals
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.
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.
Having subtitles across all On Demand content and other online content is a big must. As we are moving into a more digital futuristic world, it concerns me that if there are no subtitles then more people could be left out. I recently found out that in America, anything that is broadcasted on television and is later uploaded online, must have subtitles so that people can access it. Why can't we be more like America in this situation? I feel that once we've got Sky to introduce a more accessible service, maybe others would follow suit.
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.