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Everything you need to know about being deaf aware

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National charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging people to abandon any stereotypes they might have about the 11 million people living with hearing loss in the UK and help bridge the communication gap for Deaf Awareness Week.

According to the charity, more than 900,000 people in the UK are severely deaf; 24,000 use sign language as their main language; and due to our ageing population by 2035 it is estimated that 15.6 million people will have some form of hearing loss.

During this week, May 15 to 21, the charity is asking people to help stop the prejudice that many of those with hearing loss still experience when out and about, in the workplace and meeting new people.

Senior audiologist at Action on Hearing Loss, Gemma Twitchen, said: “Hearing Loss affects people of all ages and can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to loud noises, virus or disease, aging and it can be inherited.

“Small changes in our lives can make a big impact on people with hearing loss, so let this be the week you forget all the stereotypes you’ve heard and just make some new friends.”

For more information about Deaf Awareness Week visit  and use #DeafAwarenessWeek on Twitter. More content will be available through Twitter on @ActionOnHearing and on Facebook.



Here are some useful tips from Action on Hearing Loss you can use

  • Even if someone is wearing hearing aids it doesn't mean they can hear you perfectly. Ask if they need to lipread.
  • Speak clearly but not too slowly, and don't exaggerate your lip movements – this can make it harder to lipread.
  • Don't shout. It can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users and it looks aggressive.
  • If someone doesn't understand what you've said, don't keep repeating it. Try saying it in a different way instead.
  • Check that the person you're talking to is following you during the conversation. Use plain language and don't waffle. Avoid jargon and unfamiliar abbreviations.
  • To make it easy to lipread, don’t cover your mouth with your hands or clothing.
  • If you’re going on a date at a restaurant, find a suitable place to talk, with good lighting and away from loud speakers and distractions.
  • Get the listener's attention before you start speaking, maybe by waving or tapping them on the arm.
  • Use natural facial expressions and gestures.
  • Make sure you have face-to-face contact with the person you are talking to.
  • If someone is working with a BSL interpreter, always remember to talk directly to the person you are communicating with, not the interpreter.
  • If you're talking to a group that includes deaf and hearing people, don't just focus on the hearing people.



Good Vibrations: Deaf students get the surprise of new equipment which enables them to “feel” music

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SUPPORTED BY THE SCHOOL: Profoundly deaf student Tyrone Mahata of Allerton Grange School in Leeds had the delight of un-boxing new equipment which enables those with hearing impediments to feel the beat

SUPPORTED BY THE SCHOOL: Profoundly deaf student Tyrone Mahata of Allerton Grange School in Leeds had the delight of un-boxing new equipment which enables those with hearing impediments to feel the beat

After six-months of fundraising, the Performing Arts department at Allerton Grange School have succeeded in purchasing a SubPac, allowing deaf students to feel music.

The journey began in September 2016 when a new student, Tyrone Mahata, joined the school in Year 7. Tyrone, who is profoundly deaf and is supported in mainstream classes by the on-site Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team (DAHIT), has a passion for dancing.

The school's English and Drama teacher, Miss Natalie Sellers, worked with Tyrone after school choreographing his dance technique in order for him to showcase his skills at the Winter Talent Show in December.

Ms Burgess, who works with Tyrone as a Communication Support Worker, and Miss Sellers worked together to communicate the dance moves to the beat of the music.

Tyrone’s performance at the Talent Show captivated the audience, receiving a huge round of applause and flashing hands, which represents clapping in British Sign Language.

A bake sale and auction was held as part of the event to raise funds for the SubPac, and the generous audience and staff dug deep to raise over £250. After a top up from the school, the order was placed and the SubPac was delivered at the end of the spring term.

Tyrone opened the surprise parcel surrounded by his peers and staff from the DAHIT team. Since practising with the SubPac, Tyrone has recently performed a free-style dance piece at a staff briefing, bringing a tear to the eye of many of the staff in attendance.

Headteacher, Mr Mike Roper, said “Tyrone is an inspiration to all of our students. He has pursued his passion and overcome the barriers he has faced along the way, tackling them head-on and with confidence.

“It’s brilliant that new technology is now available to enable deaf students to feel music allowing Tyrone to continue dancing. Thank you to everyone involved in fundraising to make this possible.”

Tyrone said “I like the pack. It’s improved my dancing. It’s easier for me to feel the beat. I can dance in time to the music better.”