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Hearing Impairment (Deafness)
Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. It often comes on gradually as you get older, but it can sometimes happen suddenly.
See a GP if you notice any problems with your hearing so you can find out the cause and get advice on treatment.
Signs and symptoms of hearing loss
It's not always easy to tell if you're losing your hearing.
Common signs include:
- difficulty hearing other people clearly, and misunderstanding what they say, especially in noisy places
- asking people to repeat themselves
- listening to music or watching television loudly
- having to concentrate hard to hear what other people are saying, which can be tiring or stressful
The signs can be slightly different if you only have hearing loss in 1 ear or if a young child has hearing loss.
Loosing your hearing in one or both ears can be a worrying time. Here we have some websites with advice on help of how to deal with your hearing loss and course you can attend to help you in the future.
Additional support for children and young people with hearing impairment is provided by the Kirklees Hearing Impairment outreach team (HI Team).
More information about these outreach services can be found on the Local Offer outreach page (opens new page)
Kirklees offer sensory support to its residents. The team supply specialist support to people who are:
• visually impaired
• hard of hearing
• and those who have combined hearing and sight loss
The Sensory team will assess your sensory needs and then recommend or provide equipment, rehabilitation training, advice and support.
Here is more information and contact details of Kirklees Sensory Services (opens new page).
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is one of the largest charities in the UK supporting people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.
They can support you, so you can take back control and live the life you choose.
Here is their website (opens new page).
The National Deaf Children's Society has a number of online training courses available for anyone who works with children or young people with a hearing impairment.
They have some mini modules which are only 10 minutes long, as well as longer modules which last 1 hour.
More information can be found on the NDCS website (opens new page).
Some people with a hearing impairment communicate using British Sign Language (BSL). This video shows you 100 common words using BSL.
Newsome High School have produced a video which helps to explain what Deaf Aware Teaching is. In the video "our school" is referred to as the video was aimed at teachers in Newsome High School; however the advice is useful for all those involved with children and young people who have a hearing impairment. (Click image to access the video)