Despite the ever growing need for care, it is not easy attracting new clients to care homes. The care home resident population for those aged 65 and above has remained almost stable since 2001 with an increase of 0.3%, in spite of a growth of...

Note: This article originally appeared in ‘Installation’ Issue 208, February 2018. How to get it right when choosing and installing large area hearing loops Large area hearing loops can transform the lives of more than 51 million people with hearing loss in Europe, making education, worship, business, travel and entertainment more accessible. They allow people to hear the sound that really matters to them rather than amplifying all the noise in the room. However, getting large area hearing loops right is about much more than meeting the design specifications of a builder or architect. There is a common misconception that the only requirement for a large room is an equally large hearing loop. However, this simplistic approach can mean that when a user switches their hearing aid to the T position they get annoying interference or no signal at all.

Ever wondered what impact a hearing loop can have on a venue? Watch our short video with interviews from Gavin Davis of Eastbourne Theatres and two theatre goers to find out! https://youtu.be/o7XOik4qvzI    ...

It isn’t always obvious what to expect from an audiologist appointment, so we’ve enlisted Laura Turton, Specialist Adult Audiologist & Operations Manager for the British Society of Audiology, and she’s helped us answer some important questions for you. What can I expect from the appointment? In your...

Read Emmanuelle Ding’s account of the impact of hearing loss on her life. Here she reflects on the challenges she faced after losing her hearing and how she has overcome these to embrace life after her diagnosis. Hearing Loss Account Hearing Link "I have been living with hearing loss for nearly three decades now. The first diagnosis occurred in France, 27 years ago.  It was a minor problem and nothing to worry about - according to my consultant. So I didn’t worry about it and kept going with my life. I knew I had a problem and adapted accordingly without real impediment. However, slowly but surely, my hearing deteriorated further and 13 years ago I was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss. It happened four months before coming to England to live with my husband. I nonetheless took up the challenge of moving to a new country, learning a new language without hearing and adapting to a new life. It took me two years to learn English through lip reading and to find a job. It has taken me many years to recognise and accept the damage hearing loss has done to my life - 13 years and a Self Management Programme with Hearing Link to be exact. Living with hearing loss means that the connection with your surrounding environment is intermittent and uncertain. There is no alarm whatsoever - no fire alarm, no burglar alarm, no timer, no bell at the doorstep, no phone alarm. Any verbal information, if not supported by lip reading is incomprehensible, therefore any announcement in public spaces and public transports is out of my reach and I am left by myself to figure out what’s going on, whether it’s a delay, change of platform, cancellation or evacuation alert. Hearing Loss Fire Alarm

While many businesses know they should be considerate towards visible access issues like wheelchair use, hidden disabilities such as hearing impairment are often not given the same attention. Hearing aids alone are simply not enough for people with hearing impairment. They pick up all sound in...

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss*. That's one in every six of the population!

1 in 6 people

A wide variety of hearing aids are available both privately and through the NHS. Hearing aids allow users to hear clearly, sometimes for the first time! However, in noisy environments such as the supermarket checkout, hearing aids amplify all sound, making it difficult to distinguish speech, music or conversation from the background noise.

By 31st July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must conform to a new Accessible Information Standard. This standard aims to benefit those with a disability or sensory loss by telling organisations how they should provide support to enable effective, accurate dialogue with disabled residents or patients. In order to comply, a means of communicating with those with hearing loss must be in place in care homes. For those with hearing loss, this is a breakthrough. Hearing loss is a major public health issue in the UK, affecting a third of over 65 year olds. They receive a lower standard of healthcare across the board when compared to the general population, with a study having found that higher levels of hearing loss were linked to lower levels of patient activation. So what should care homes do?

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