You can easily help someone who suffers from hearing loss during this year’s Deaf Awareness Week. In the UK one person in every six suffers some sort of hearing loss, causing exclusion from conversations and often society.
Helping someone understand the products and technology that are available is one very useful way of helping, and can lead to people being included in conversations, listen to the television or even talk on the phone with help of specialised equipment.
Monday 15-21 May 2015 is Deaf Awareness Week, which aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.
Talking on the phone and keeping in touch daily with friends and family is something most of us take for granted. However, those with hearing loss have special needs and require special products. There are many telephones available suitable for homes with different hearing needs, so individuals can set their preference of sound levels that work with or without hearing aids and are often used successfully by those who are registered profoundly deaf.
Mobile phones like the amplicomms M9500 Smartphone, has the highest Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rating with amplified calls and ring tone. And, a wireless TV Listener, such as the amplicomms TV200 headset, means that volume levels on TV’s etc. can be amplified without disturbing everyone else! More importantly it has a built-in microphone so the headset can be switched on or off to pick up close proximity noises too, so users aren’t excluded from conversations and noises around them.
European Sales Director for Amplicomms, Ran Meyrav says “Products like amplified mobiles and domestic telephones help people with hearing loss take back their independence and stay connected with friends and family. Sadly, too many people ignore their hearing loss and slip into a life of isolation and frustration when there’s really no need to.”
Supported by over one hundred deaf charities and organisations under the umbrella of the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week involves a UK wide series of national and local events.
A wide range of amplicomms assistive listening devices are available from Action On Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) on 03330 144525 (textphone 03330 144530) or visit:www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk