HearingLossHour and Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week takes place from 4 to 10 May 2020. It aims to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of hearing loss and deafness across the UK. The theme this year is ‘Acquired deafness’.

Who coordinates Deaf Awareness Week? The UK Council on Deafness coordinates the awareness week. It is the national umbrella organisation for charities and professional bodies working in the field of deafness.

#HearingLossHour and Deaf Awareness Week

#HearingLossHour is a monthly live Twitter discussion forum founded by Angie Aspinall and supported by Rayovac.

This month, we are being joined on Twitter by Ideas for Ears, a Scotland-based social enterprise run by people with hearing loss that specialises in access and inclusion issues.

#HearingLossHour - Tuesday 5 May 2020

On Tuesday 5 May, we want to promote the importance of social inclusion for those of us with hearing loss by making the focus of #HearingLossHour 'Using technology to overcome barriers to communication'.

The lockdown, social distancing, and the use of face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic are each having an impact on communication and increasing social exclusion for people with hearing loss.

On Tuesday 5 May, during #HearingLossHour we will be discussing how to overcome the barriers and challenges we are now facing to communication via speech and listening.

Using technology to overcome barriers to communication

During #HearingLossHour, we will discuss:

  • Feelings about masks and other facial coverings, including the results of a new survey on this subject

  • The impact of the 2-metre distance, even when people are not using masks

  • What we can do to keep communication flowing when masks and/or 2 metre distancing are being used

  • Clear speech

  • Non-verbal communication

  • Remote microphones

  • Using live speech to text apps to support face-to-face communication

  • Otter.ai

  • Android Live Transcribe

  • Pros and cons of live captioning apps for ideo calls - see this post from Ideas for Ears telling you how they got on

  • Skype

  • Zoom

  • GoogleMeet

  • WhatsApp

  • FaceTime

  • The problems that arise with phone & video calls and how they can be fixed – this video (which has captions) was created to advise health, care and befriender services about best practice

  • Overcoming the barrier of people using face masks

  • Problems?

  • Confidence level?

  • Information overload?

Join us on Twitter 1pm-2pm (BST). To take part, search #HearingLossHour and click on 'Latest tweets'.

Don't forget to add the hashtag #HearingLossHour to every tweet you post to make sure they show up in everyone's search!

#DeafAwarenessWeek2020 #Hearinglosshour #hearingloss #acquireddeafness #suddenhearingloss #barrierstocommunication

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