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Blog: The Other Side of the Hearing Loss Story

Interview with Audiologist, Dr. Raj Sharma By Carly Sygrove I am always interested in talking to people with different types of hearing loss, to learn about their lives and to tell their stories. Yet, I have rarely thought about the other side of these stories—the narratives of the hearing healthcare professionals such as ENTs and […]

Video service for deaf claimants extended to all DWP helplines

Deaf claimants and those with hearing loss can now access British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters across all Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) helplines and services. The Video Relay Service, rolled out for Universal Credit in April, has been extended to all its 62 benefit-related lines and services. The Video Relay Service allows users to […]

Review: Freeview’s accessible TV guide

Couple watching televisionEarlier this month, Freeview rolled out the UK’s first Accessible TV Guide in a bid to make its service accessible to everyone. If you have a sensory impairment or would simply prefer to use a larger, easier to use talking TV guide – this is for you. It is designed to help viewers discover and […]

Pandemic paves the way for increased use of integrated hearing tech

The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA), predicts an increase in the use of hearing technology due to Coronavirus pandemic. It suggests that older people in particular will increase in their use of hearing technology and its integration with smart phones and tablets. More than 70% of people over the age of 70 live […]

Freeview’s accessible TV guide to make things simpler for viewers

A remote control in someone's handFreeview is rolling out its award-winning Accessible TV Guide which will make it simpler for viewers with accessibility needs to discover and find content more easily. Developed with insight from viewers, advocacy groups, and accessibility research agencies,  the Accessible TV Guide won Gold at this year’s Connected TV Awards. It is the first dedicated accessibility […]

Review of Adult Health and Social Care – Scotland

Please note: Submissions have now closed The Independent Review of Adult Social Care is underway in Scotland and the views of people who are deaf or living with hearing are needed. The ALLIANCE is leading on the engagement exercise to capture experiences and to achieve this has created its People at the Centre programme. Its […]

The Alliance to host health and social care engagement events – Scotland

A series of local engagement events will take place this month (October) to help support the remobilisation of health and social care services in Scotland, following the Coronavirus pandemic. The Cabinet Secretary for Health has invited the The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE) as a member of the Mobilisation Recovery Group, to lead […]

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