A group of volunteers from across Forth Valley in central Scotland have helped to create a short film on the theme of hearing access.
Missing Out is a short drama that runs for 4 minutes 40 seconds.
Through the viewpoints of three service providers and their respective service users, it brings alive the meaning of hearing access, offering a snapshot illustration as to why commonplace issues that hurt or restrict people with hearing loss are not being recognised and tackled as you might assume they would be.
Rather than sitting in judgement, Missing Out is an observation of the natural and human ways that people think and behave when awareness or knowledge is lacking, and how consequently this leads to both service users and service providers missing out.
The film was a volunteer community project led by Dunblane-based Ideas for Ears in collaboration with Forth Valley Hearing Hub, Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society and Callander-based Global Sound Production Company. It was supported by Stirling Council Community Grants.
Sally Shaw, founder and director of Ideas for Ears, says: “Missing Out offers a small window into the realities that restrict people with hearing loss from participating, enjoying themselves and taking up opportunities. Many challenges are wrongly assumed to be trivial or benign when, in fact, they are harmful and insidious, sapping energy, crushing morale and confidence and slowly cutting people off.
“The impact of poor hearing access is multiplied across the huge numbers who have hearing loss and the many others who have other auditory or sensory conditions. Ultimately there is an exponential impact not just on individuals but on communities, commerce, civic society, workplaces and the goal of our country becoming a fair, inclusive and productive nation.”