What Are You Doing to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week?

zip itThis week it’s hoped that hearing loss will be put on the nation’s radar once and for all, as it is Deaf Awareness Week!

UK charity Action on Hearing Loss, the new name for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), has organised the special event to raise money and improve public’s perception into the disorder.

There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. That equates to one in six people being affected however, it is predicted that by 2031 this figure will surge to 14.5 million.

Hearing loss is a very common impairment, so from 6th– 12th May why not get involved by taking part in a sponsored silence at your school at workplace. It couldn’t be easier; all you have to do is zip it!

Zip it?

Yes, you heard us correctly; get a glimpse into what it is really like to live in a world without sound by keeping schtum and not talking for a certain length of time. If you are an absolute chatterbox, we understand that this may prove difficult, but you only have to be quiet for a limited time- say just one day or a couple of hours at least.

Instead of gossiping about the weekend with your colleagues over a coffee, have a sponsored silence to help raise awareness of how it feels to have a hearing loss. The money is going to truly worthwhile cause.

Sound boring? Make it fun and turn it into a challenge by carrying around a notepad and pen, so you can still communicate. Check out some lipreading tips here or download some fingerspelling cards to take the experience to a whole new level.

Everyone and anyone can get involved, including kids. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Is your local school holding a sponsored silence?

Why is it so important?

Hearing loss is an extremely crucial issue as it affects more than 70% of over 70-year-olds. Around two million people have hearing aids but only 1.4 million are using them regularly. And around four million who don’t wear a hearing aid could really benefit from doing so.

So get involved and let us know what your plans on- we’d love to hear your stories!


(Image courtesy of Action on Hearing Loss)