Every year, Deaf Awareness week is organised by the UK Council on Deafness and aims to highlight the positive aspects of living with deafness. This year, it will take place from Monday 2 May to Sunday 8 May. Deaf inclusion is the theme which seeks to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can sometimes experience and highlight the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.
The event also raises awareness of British Sign Language (BSL), which is a language used by many people in the UK who are born deaf.
During Deaf Awareness week, the UK Council on Deafness celebrates all the amazing local organisations around the UK that support deaf people and their families and friends. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved!
Accessibility for deaf patients at Benenden Hospital
We strive to give all our patients the best possible experience at our CQC rated Outstanding private hospital. If you’re deaf or partially deaf, please let our staff know when booking a consultation so we can make your visit stress-free.
- Hearing Loop - A hearing loop, also known as an audio induction loop, is a type of sound system used by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is on a certain setting
- British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter – we will need to know if this is required before you arrive for your appointment
- Clear visors worn by staff – this is to support a partially deaf patient with lip reading
How can you protect your hearing?
If you look after your ears, you’re more likely to have good hearing throughout your life. Listening safely can prevent hearing loss; read on to discover five ways to achieve this.
In 2021, WHO (World Health Organisation) launched the World report on hearing. The report highlighted the increasing number of people that live with and are at risk of hearing loss. Noise control was identified as one of the seven key hearing interventions. It also stressed the importance of reducing exposure to loud sounds.
Read our article to discover five ways to prevent hearing loss.
Our ear, nose and throat ethos at Benenden Hospital
- Prompt and accurate diagnosis of all aspects of ENT conditions by Sub-Specialist experts in their field
- ‘One stop’ ethos of diagnosis and instigation of a treatment plan
- Bespoke treatment plan directed at the cause of your problems once identified
- Wide range of day case surgical solutions to your problems should medical solutions not be effective
- Early return to work and to normal activities
We see a range of patients who suffer from common conditions such as ear or sinus infection, breathing or hearing difficulties and impaired balance. Our expert Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultants provide a wide range of treatments to help you feel better again.
To find out more, or to book an appointment, complete our online form or contact our Private Patient team via Livechat or on 01580 363 158.
Published on 02 May 2022