With many businesses restructuring their workplaces to meet the government’s Covid-19 secure guidelines, it’s important that the needs of staff and customers with hearing loss are considered in the plans.
Louder than Words offers a range of hearing loss solutions to help make your organisation more accessible as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Social distancing without social isolation
The government’s recommendation that people should maintain a two-metre distance from each other will have an impact on those who lipread. As we adjust to the new normal, encouraging deaf-friendly communication techniques will help ensure that customers and employees with hearing loss don’t feel socially isolated as well as socially distanced.
The Covid-19 crisis may have temporarily halted our deaf awareness training and British Sign Language (BSL) courses but we will be reintroducing them as soon as possible. When available, they will equip your staff with some basic skills that could make a big difference to the mental wellbeing of those with deafness and hearing loss at this challenging time.
Working safely and inclusively
Detailed guidance has been issued by the government to help ensure safer workplaces as companies start to reopen. Where two-metre social distancing cannot be maintained, businesses have been told to take all mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff.
Some of the measures will make it difficult for employees with hearing loss to work easily and effectively. These include using screens or barriers to separate people from each other and using back-to-back or side-to-side working rather than face to face. We can suggest hearing loss solutions to help your business comply with UK equality legislation, such as assistive equipment or communication support.
Find out more about our hearing loss solutions
Contact us to find out more about the full range of hearing loss solutions available to your business now or in the near future. Call us on 0333 240 5658 or fill in our enquiry form.