How it works
#HearingLossHour takes place on Twitter.
To join in, you will need a Twitter account. Here's how to sign up for an account.
To get the most out of #HearingLossHour, it's a good idea to first become familiar with Twitter: how to Tweet, retweet, and how to add links and images to tweets. Here are the basics to get you started.
#HearingLossHour is a live Twitter event. It takes place in real time.
Events take place on the first Tuesday of every month, 1pm UK Time.
During the hour, people come together on Twitter to talk about living with hearing loss.
Questions are tweeted from the @HearingLossHour Twitter account, which everyone answers in one big conversation by using the hashtag #HearingLossHour.
What is a hashtag?
A hashtag is written using the '#' symbol. It is used to index keywords/topics on Twitter to allow people to search for topics of interest.
Hashtags can be included anywhere in a Tweet.
Clicking on a hashtag will take you to the Twitter search results, and they will show your the latest tweets on that particular topic.
What happens during #HearingLossHour?
Originally, #HearingLossHour was launched with the aim of helping people new to hearing loss, connecting them with others to give support and share experiences.
But, since its launch in 2015, it has become a community of people with all different types of hearing loss, some of whom have had hearing issues since birth, and others who are experiencing hearing loss for the first time right now.
Each month, there is a different theme for the discussion and 3 or 4 questions which come from the @HearingLossHour Twitter account. Everyone is invited to then tweet their answers and share their experiences, tips and support.
How to join in
Play the slideshow below and check out the guidance notes in the panel on the right to learn how to join in with #HearingLossHour.
Please note: HearingLossHour now takes place 1-2pm on the first Tuesday of the month (and not Wednesday as mentioned below).