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The Question: Is the much-used statistic ’10 million deaf people’ helpful?

September 26, 2014

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An often quoted statistic about deafness and hearing loss in the UK is that there are ten million people who have some level of deafness. It’s normally the first piece of information that’s offered to newbies on the subject. The intention of using the statistic is to make people consider that deafness or hearing loss […]

The Question: Should family sign language courses be expanded?

July 16, 2014

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If there is one thing that learning sign language is known for, it is being expensive. To become a competent signer can cost many hundreds or thousands of pounds and the result of that is that families of deaf children, arguably those who may need it most, will not be able to afford to learn. […]

The Question: Do deaf people sleep better at night than hearing people?

May 8, 2014

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Do deaf people sleep more peacefully than hearing folk? This question occurred to me when we were buying our house last year. Our house is next to a main road, but since my wife and I are deaf, we had no worries over the prospect of being disturbed by traffic noise. We just wouldn’t hear […]

The Question: Should deaf people protest publicly to fight for their rights in 2014?

January 8, 2014

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2013 was an interesting year to be a campaigner for deaf interests. Lots happened, but did anything really change? What’s it going to take for politicians and big businesses to sit up and take notice of deaf people? Let’s take a look at what happened in 2013. NDCS were granted a debate in Parliament to talk […]

The Question: Does Boris Johnson think there’s a difference between a deaf cyclist and a distracted cyclist?

November 21, 2013

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In the wake of an increased number of cyclist deaths in London, Mayor Boris Johnson gave an interview on BBC Radio London 94.9 in which he suggested that part of the dangers that cyclists on London’s roads faced was not being able to hear traffic due to the use of headphones for listening to music. […]

The Question: Could you spot a deaf person in a crowded room? And is there such a thing as a ‘Deafdar’? (BSL)

November 11, 2013

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I don’t know what it is about the Victoria line, but when I lived in London, I kept meeting deaf people on it. This would usually happen between Victoria station and King’s Cross. I would be standing or sitting down on the tube, when I would notice someone in my carriage who looked familiar. I’d […]

The Question: Is it easier to start wearing hearing aids earlier in life?

October 30, 2013

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I was born deaf. Although both of my parents were deaf, because I responded to some sounds, nobody realised that I was partially deaf for around a year. Or maybe it was two years – I was too young to know exactly how long. It was only when my speech didn’t develop that my hearing was […]