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Help for Hearing Impairment

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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  • rosieben wrote: »
    lol :rotfl:

    and subtitles for a news article this evening, about new medical help for people in the 'early stages of M&S' ...... obviously some new form of shopping addiction :D

    Maybe I should notify the debt-free-wanabee board??! :D:D:D
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    Proud to be dealing with my debts!
  • Anyone with a hearing impairment is entitled to a needs led assessment through their local Social Services deaf or sensory impairment team. Ring your local social services offices and ask where you can get a Needs Led Assessment from. This should entitle you to equipment like TV loop systems, door bells, smoke alarm systems if you live alone or you live with another deaf person, mobile phones or minicoms or some counties provide amplified phones.

    You can also claim DLA if you are under 65 and AA if you are over 65 for a hearing impairment. You will have to go to the appeal stage but it will be worth it to get the benefit you are entitled to. RNID can help with advice on how to complete the forms.

    Also if you are in work you are entitled to an Access to Work assessment which can provide you with equipment to assist you at work, ie amplified phones, minicom, mobile phone for text messages only, alert systems for the fire alarms and a support worker or interpreter or speech to text reporter (dont know what that is then I can explain it to you if you want) to support you with communication if that is a difficult area for you. And dont be fobbed off if you do need support with Access to Work telling you you are only entitled to 2 hours a day 2 days a week. If you work full time and you need communication suport during the day because you dont know what people are telling you you have to tell them that. It is your right to understand EVERYTHING that a person is telling you not just 2% through lipreading or asking a person to write things down.

    Hope this helps
    Tina

    DLA - not if you have 'savings' above (I think) 16K.

    I asked for a 'speech to text reporter' for an expected visit from our boss who was expected to take part in an open forum.
    I was told "no!!....someone will take down details of the conversations and post them later"
    and this came 2 months after a workplace assessment carried out jointly by HR department and the RNID....3 1/2 months later none of the recommendations had been put into place....and
    .....that resulted in a downward spiral that eventually resulted in my taking early retirement, at 53.... (not that I am complaining too much about it - but it goes to show it's not all plain sailing)....
  • naf123naf123 Forumite
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    wow! Lovely to see a deaf forum!

    I have been profoundly deaf all my life with free NHS hearing aids and batteries...(yes it is a PAIN to keep collecting batteries from the hospital which is miles away and when asking for more than 3 packs (18 batteries) I get comments like, "why do you go through so many!!" - I normally wear mines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! - I find it a bit reassuring to sleep with at least one hearing aid!!!)

    Yes, I get this OAP style travel pass which is a real moneysaver! I travel every day on the tube to uni and I do get to save quite a few bucks :-)

    Contact the sensory impairment team at the council for free equipment like vibrating alarms but I have found them to be below par quality, and instead buy expensive high quality from RNID or Connavans. (using DLA money)

    Gettting DLA was a pain in the neck. Took 11 months of letter writing and appeals to get DLA! Don't give up! Keep fighting for it! RNID have useful information on their website.

    When I finish uni, I will really have to look into this Access for Work thing. I haven't heard much about it. How much funding do they give out? Can they literally employ someone full time to be with you for interpretation needs? (I am orally deaf, with no knowledge of sign language - yet still lipreading can be extremely difficult especially with the vast range of accents that are found nowadays!

    in Uni, I got DSA, which allowed me a notetaker for my lectures.
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    naf123 wrote: »
    ... lipreading can be extremely difficult especially with the vast range of accents that are found nowadays! ... .

    I lost my hearing about 8 years ago and the one thing that's surprised me is how I can lipread an accent. I could really impress my dd (before she moved to Oz) by telling her that the person on tv was a scouser, scot, and so on - not always possible of course, but a surprising number of times. I suppose its because I had the advantage of hearing these accents before I lost my hearing. :confused:

    Meant to say that SS have offered me an assessment visit so I may be able to get a little help with equipment. I realise it may not be the best quality but I can't afford to buy, so will be better than nothing :)
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

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  • naf123naf123 Forumite
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    I can lipread some accents in general e.g. the general differences between an american accent and an english one. But not all of them.

    It does amaze me sometimes how some deafies can lipread brilliantly rarely making mistakes!!! They are even sometimes employed by the police to lipread CCTV footage etc. I wish I could be that good - it would make life SO much easier!!
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  • bluedogbluedog Forumite
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    Apart from the usual stuff people tend to think (you're rude, stupid, ignorant etc) when first meeting them, I was told several times that I freak people out because of the intensity in which I watch people talking and they also thought I was mean and moody until realising I was actually concentrating! (Apparently I look mean and angry when deep in thought or off in my own world too!)

    It wasn't until I stopped to think about it that I realised it's because I'm ok when I've got to know people, but at the beginning, I'm watching their mouth and facial movements - effectively learning to lip-read them as an individual. (I do try not to be so intense-looking now though!!)

    Being able to lip read has it's moments though and makes a nice change when a hearing person asks you what has been said. My family members are keen football fans so I'm frequently asked what gets said by players and management, especially in more heated exchanges shown on telly....;) .
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    bluedog wrote: »
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    My family members are keen football fans so I'm frequently asked what gets said by players and management, especially in more heated exchanges shown on telly....;) .

    :rotfl: my family havent realised that advantage yet :D
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

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  • Just thought i would join in if thats alright. This is all pretty new to me, i have ok hearing in one ear, but use an nhs aid in the other. All my gp etc would do was refer me to audiology for hearing aids and batteries, so i'm not sure if there is anything out there to make things better. I have only been wearing an aid for about a year, but i can tell my hearing in that ear is getting worse when i'm not wearing it already.
    - It can be bliss though when you have a moaning 5yo, you can totally switch off!!
    Ok, ok, i need to go back onto Weightwatchers, lost 7 stone..... 2 back on, this has to change.....Help!!!:eek:
  • arkonite_babearkonite_babe Forumite
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    Here's a link that was posted on the freebies board might be of use to someone on this thread:
    http://www.deafbooks.co.uk/FREE-Downloads_B4-4.aspx

    It's for free downloadable BSL books, these include:
    Left handed fingerspelling alphabet
    Early years verbs
    Quick reference for numbers and quite a few more.


    I'm not deaf but I did do my CACDP stage 1 BSL a couple of years ago. I used to get regular practice as a girl I worked with was profoundly deaf. Sadly now I rarely get to practice as I have changed jobs, but if I do meet someone with a hearing impairment or who is deaf and I see them signing, I always make an effort to talk to them. I always end up apologising though for making mistakes as I'm so rusty! If I'm not sure of a sign for a word, I fingerspell it out, is this considered rude or is it appreciated that I'm making the effort? :confused:

    Anyone care to enlighten me on this please :)
  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    I got a whole stack of stuff from a local organisation which is funded by the council to provide technical equipment. I've a gizmo I wear on my belt which vibrates - and it surely does ! - in response to the doorbell, telephone, smoke alarm and a vibrating pad which goes under the mattress which does the same as the gizmo. All free.

    I lost an analogue aid a few years ago - still missing - and the audiologist started to go off on one about cost blah blah, where did I lose it - eh?, carelessness blah blah, starving children in Africa blah blah.............lol. I asked her if the cost of a replacement was being funded by her or if there was a rationing system in operation. She calmed down - must have realised I was going to be the patient from hell !
    I'm now on digi aids and was told replacements would be charged at £45 a go, which is fair enough - I could still as easily lose one !

    Right.........$64,000 question. Who knows which mobile phone has a built in induction loop ? I bought a neck loop which works ok, but if I leave it switched on it goes through £5 worth of batteries a week. Which is a lot more than the cost of the calls I make !
    .................:)....I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...:)
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