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Equality Act 2010 for employees with hearing loss – what are your rights?

If you are deaf or have hearing loss it’s important to know your rights at work. The Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland) states that employers must not discriminate against disabled people, which includes deaf people and those with hearing loss. Disability discrimination in the workplace can happen if you’re treated less well than others as a result of your hearing loss. Discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be unlawful. It can be...
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Communication support for job interviews. What’s available, who books it, how to book?

Research has shown that deaf people and those with hearing loss may be put off applying for jobs because of concerns that their communication needs will not be met during the interview process. The Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland) requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that candidates who are disabled have equal access to employment opportunities. If you’re applying for work and have hearing loss, you should request communication support if you...
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How to find a Disability Employment Adviser and other support

Our Louder than Words services are designed to support deaf people and those with hearing loss at work. We offer workplace assessments, deaf awareness and BSL training, communication support and hearing loop installation – and our Trustpilot reviews show that we’re getting it right. But what about support for unemployed people who are deaf or have hearing loss? We’re also a valuable source of information for those seeking work. Here’s some guidance on what’s available: Find a Disability Employment Adviser You can...
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Support on how to find work if you’re deaf or have hearing loss

Deafness and hearing loss should not be a barrier to finding work. Many employers are recognising the value of making their business more inclusive. As well as complying with equality law, they want to broaden their talent pool. If you are deaf or have hearing loss, information and services are available to help you secure employment. Meet your Disability Employment Adviser If you need support in your job search, make an appointment with the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local...
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Using hearing aids at work

Are you finding it increasingly difficult to hear what’s going on at work? One in 12 employees in the UK has some form of hearing loss. It can happen at any age – although people over 50s are more likely to be affected. If you've noticed a change in your hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test. The audiologist may suggest hearing aids to improve your quality of life. Benefits of hearing aids Hearing aids have numerous benefits in the workplace....
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Getting hearing support at work – what help is available?

If you’re one of the five million people in the UK working with hearing loss, it’s important you have the full support of your employer. They have a duty to make reasonable adjustments so you’re not unfairly disadvantaged. Our Louder than Words services will help you enjoy equal access to opportunities at work: Workplace assessments Ask your employer for a workplace assessment to help you work more easily at home or in the office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote workplace assessments...
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Understanding hearing loss in the workplace

There are five million working-age people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. That’s around 12 in every 100 employees impacted by hearing loss in the workplace. It takes 10 years on average for somebody working with hearing loss to speak out and seek help. Many people try to hide it for fear of stigma and discrimination. However, deafness and hearing loss do not limit anyone’s ability to excel at their job. In order for staff to thrive,...
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Are you accessible to all?

It’s Deaf Awareness Week from 4 – 10 May 2020 and we’re shining the spotlight on deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in the workplace. There’s so much support, information and technology available, it’s never been easier to make hearing loss a priority. However, improving inclusivity for staff with hearing loss may seem daunting if you don’t know where to start. We’re experts at helping organisations become more accessible to the 12 in 100 working-age people who are deaf or have hearing...
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Five ways to support employees with hearing loss

April is Stress Awareness Month, when health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase public awareness about the signs, symptoms and causes of stress. During the coronavirus pandemic, remote working can pose its own challenges for many people with hearing loss. The increased use of conference calls and online communication platforms can be stressful and exhausting for those struggling to follow the conversation.  A staggering 12.8 million working days were lost due to work-related...
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Is hearing loss on your agenda?

Often referred to as the ‘hidden disability’, hearing loss is far more widespread than most of us are aware. There are 12 million people in the UK with hearing loss and by 2035, we estimate it will rise to around 15.6 million people. Within the workplace, five million people in the UK have some level of hearing loss – that’s around 12 in every 100 employees. Businesses lose £2 billion in revenue per month by ignoring the needs of...
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