Edinburgh Libraries had once again planned a series of events around Deaf Awareness Week. The programme has been cancelled this year but we can look forward to planning for the event in 2021.
There is still a lot of information and help available online that can assist those experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing Link is a UK-wide charity for people with hearing loss, their families and friends. They can help you adjust to the practical and emotional challenges that hearing loss can bring – offering shared experiences, practical support and guidance, so you can reconnect with people and face the future with confidence. Whatever your query or concern, whether you have hearing loss yourself or wish to support someone else, you can get in touch.
Edinburgh Hearing Loss Directory is a comprehensive directory from the City of Edinburgh Council, BSL users can contact via contactSCOTLANDBSL, the on-line British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.
Deaf Action is a deaf-led charity providing services across Scotland to the estimated 1,012,000 people living with some degree of hearing loss.
C2Hearonline provides information on hearing loss and communication tactics. There is great advice for friends and family to support people with hearing loss.
The theme of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is acquired hearing loss. People with acquired hearing loss face extra challenges when people are speaking from a greater distance or are wearing a mask, since masks make lipreading impossible. Good communication tactics become even more important.
Phone and video calls may be the only way to communicate with people who socially isolate but can be difficult for people with a hearing loss. Ideas for Ears have the ultimate guide on how to maximise communication on the phone or video call.
Ideas for Ears provides advice on how to communicate well via phone and video call for people with acquired hearing loss.
UK Council on Deafness is the umbrella body for organisations working with deaf people in the UK. Their mission is to assist organisations and the sector as a whole to maximise the positive impact they have for deaf people.