New hearing protocols launched in Glasgow

 Ideas for Ears event hosted by Volunteer Scotland in their CommUnity Bubble Tent at Go Live at Glasgow Green.

Sally Shaw, director of Ideas for Ears, and Hearing Link volunteer May Wood

Hearing Link was delighted to be invited along to the launch of new protocols for better access to meetings and events for people with hearing loss recently.

Our volunteer May Wood (pictured) and staff member Alison Coyle attended the Ideas for Ears event hosted by Volunteer Scotland in their CommUnity Bubble Tent at Go Live at Glasgow Green.

The event marked the launch of the Hearing Access Protocol produced by Ideas for Ears and supported by deafscotland.

Meeting and events are stressful and frustrating for people with hearing loss. Common issues such as poor acoustics, a presenter who is hard to understand and background noise can all act as barriers to participation.

The Hearing Access Protocol provides guidance on how to design and run meetings and events so people with any hearing ability can hear and follow them, including those who are deaf.

It is a community-led initiative that has been designed and developed by people with hearing loss, including Hearing Link beneficiaries earlier this year.

To find out more about this work, visit the blog pages of the Ideas for Ears website.

To read the Hearing Access Protocol visit https://www.ideasforears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Hearing-Access-Protocol-1.pdf

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