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Deafness and Hearing Loss

EE signs up with Sign Solutions

The UK’s largest mobile operator and internet service provider, EE, has teamed up with sign language interpreting agency, Sign Solutions, to improve access and user experience for its Deaf customers. The Sign Solutions InterpretersLive! service will mean that Deaf customers can now  communicate more easily with EE when making calls to the company’s customer service department. The service works by ... Read More »

adept – Paving the way for Deaf Education Professionals

The Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainees (adept) is a brand new organisation, working to improve the services in educational settings for deaf people of all ages.   adept has merged the two former separate organisations NATED (National Association for Tertiary Education for Deaf people) and ACSW (Association of Communication Support Workers) that have worked closely together in recent ... Read More »

Music for the Senses – a fundraising concert for deafblindness

‘Music for the Senses’ a classical and contemporary music concert by deafblind musicians Russ Palmer and Mark Pampel in support of Sense, the national deafblind charity will take place at the Cecil Sharp House on 13 September. The double bill will start with Mark Pampel’s piano performance including his own classical compositions. mark is influenced by composers like Schubert Jarrett, ... Read More »

Kieran, 9, loves his ‘big ears’

A boy born without any ears has had a pair created from his own ribs. Not many nine-year-olds desire to have a “big pair of ears” but before the operation it was Kieran Sorkin’s biggest wish. On Tuesday last week experts at the world renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) performed a six hour operation where they used cartilage from ... Read More »

John Barrowman goes deaf for the day

Approximately 1 in 6 people in the UK suffer with hearing loss. Entertainer John Barrowman, recently awarded an MBE for his charity work, went deaf for the day as part of a filmed experiment to better understand the difficulties that deaf people face. John was then partnered with a hearing dog to see first-hand the difference these dogs make to ... Read More »

Ombudsman Services introduces new online BSL service

Ombudsman Services and Sign Solutions announced today that Ombudsman Services has introduced an interpretation service that enables people who are deaf to communicate with Ombudsman Services complaint handling team using British Sign Language (BSL) via video relay.   Ombudsman Services wants to ensure that everyone has access to redress. When things go wrong it is important that consumers know where ... Read More »

“In one ear and out the other”

Why politicians can no longer afford to ignore the individual, economic and social cost of hearing loss A report launched today presents new data to show not only the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20% of the total population by 2031, but also highlights a £25 billion loss ... Read More »

Glastonbury praised over access for deaf and disabled fans

This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first ever to be awarded “gold” status by campaigners who want better access for deaf and disabled people at concerts and music venues. Festival organisers said the award was a sign of how “society is changing the way it thinks and acts towards disability”. The event has a bespoke campsite for deaf and disabled ... Read More »

Magnet in the skull that beats deafness

A revolutionary magnetic implant has restored the hearing of a young actor who went deaf in one ear at the age of 17 – and gives new hope to the thousands of Britons who cannot benefit from traditional hearing aids. Aspiring TV and theatre star Billy Coughlin, 22, from Hall Green, Birmingham, had the groundbreaking procedure at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, ... Read More »

Deafblind Awareness Week: A Father’s Story

Five-year-old, Grace Shipton, has severe sight loss and is profoundly deaf.  Grace also has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user.  This Deafblind Awareness Week (23-29 June), her father Edd Shipton wants to raise awareness of the challenges that deafblind children and their families often face and what they can achieve with the right support. Edd, said: “Grace was born ... Read More »

Silent film by talented students to receive world premiere

Birmingham Hippodrome in association with Open Theatre Company are currently working with staff and students from Queensbury Special School in Erdington to produce Queensbury Capers, a short silent ‘slapstick film’ which will receive its world premiere at The Electric Cinema, Birmingham on 26 June. Read More »

Student inspired by his sister to volunteer for charity

Andy Skinner, an 18-year-old student is calling for volunteers to take part in Sense Holidays, a unique holiday programme for deafblind children and adults taking place in various locations across England and Wales in July and August this year.  Andy, who is studying Occupational Therapy at Bournemouth University, was inspired to volunteer by his older sister, Emma (22), who is ... Read More »