Hearing access specialists
Hearing access specialists

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Let us share our knowledge with you

Hearing and deafness affects the way people can take part, feel included and enjoy themselves.

Our talks and presentations share insights and information that connect audiences with the subject matter so they are more aware and understanding of why hearing and deafness issues impact on access, inclusion and equality.

We deliver talks and presentations to different audiences:

  • Talks for community groups and civic organisations
  • Talks for people attending lipreading classes or hard of hearing groups
  • Presentations to professionals e.g. business leaders, audiologists, health and social care managers

Talks for community groups

Why your sense of hearing is unique to you

Discover why we hear the way we do and why we can hear some voices, words and sounds easier than others.  Find out the truth about ‘selective hearing’ and how we can do more to make sure everyone can hear and follow well or adequately, whatever their actual hearing is like.

This talk will build awareness of hearing and deafness issues and should bring about more understanding and empathy for those with hearing loss. It is ideal for community and civic groups that want to become more informed so they can work towards being more accessible and inclusive.

Typically delivered in 40 minutes

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Why noise is more than just a nuisance

For a great many people, noise levels have a big impact on enjoyment.  This is backed up with studies that show noise to cause a range of short- and long-term health problems.

This talk will look at why noise affects us and why levels of noise in cafes, restaurants and other spaces continue to be a talking point.  Different levels of sensitivity to noise will also be discussed, as will the noises that people seem to like most and least.

The talk will conclude by looking at ways to identify problem noise in community places and to reduce or manage it.

Typically delivered in 40 minutes

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Talks for lipreading classes and hard of hearing groups

How to hear and follow more easily when you attend meetings and events

The session will open up discussion about current experiences that attendees have when they attend meetings, events and other group gatherings.

Do they always hear and follow as well as they need or want to?  If not, why not?

The talk will cover successful communication and how it is achieved or prevented. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on what they can do to get a successful outcome and what they must rely on or require others to do.

The talk will end by highlighting the Hearing Access Protocol and how it can help people with hearing loss to advocate more easily for their communication needs.

Minimum of 30 minutes (longer will allow more interaction and deeper discussion)

The Hearing Access Protocol and what it means for people with hearing loss

The Hearing Access Protocol is a guidance manual to help people with hearing loss have their communication needs met in much more reliable, consistent and effective ways.

It focuses on meetings, conferences and events but many of the good practices identified are also relevant to other communication situations, including those relating to education and healthcare.

The session look at the development of the Hearing Access Protocol and the way it shares responsibility for successful communication across different parties.  The 5 Must-Dos for each party will be reviewed.

Attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the on-going reviews and updates of the protocol.

Minimum of 30 minutes (longer will allow more interaction and deeper discussion)

Presentations to professional audiences (example topics)

Without hearing access you risk staff well-being, productivity and equality

Ideas for Ears can deliver a persuasive argument on the reasons for prioritising hearing access within the workplace.

The presentation can draw in findings from studies and research that help to illustrate the consequences arising from poor hearing access.  The scale and nature of the issues can be discussed, along with the actions that can be taken to remedy them.

There can also be consideration of the overlaps with workplace stress and with the need to create a workplace fit for an ageing workforce.

The 3 big communication issues that are weakening our communities

Ideas for Ears can talk through the significant impact that noise levels, echo and reverberation, and poor provision of audio equipment is having on communities.

These issues affect involvement, enjoyment and attendance at meetings, events and other activities. There is a disproportionate impact on those hearing loss, who are much more at risk of loneliness and isolation.

The issues also have implications for the creation of dementia-friendly and autism-friendly environments.

How coffee and a catch-up became a grass-roots campaign for hearing access

Ideas for Ears can share the story of how regular catch-ups over coffee led a group of people with hearing loss to instigate the creation of the UK’s first Hearing Access Protocol.

The grass-roots initiative is challenging the status quo for how the needs of people with hearing loss are identified, prioritised and met.

The causes of poor hearing access have been more clearly defined and more guidance for when and how access issues should be removing or reducing are emerging.