Are you deaf aware?

Samantha Baines

Published at 8:28am 7th May 2019.

People in Dorset are being encouraged to learn more about deafness.

Action on Hearing Loss are making the call as part of Deaf Awareness Week 2019.

It's 'Don't be a Donut, Be Deaf Aware' campaign is highlighting the awkward things people say to those living with deafness and hearing loss.

The charity will be sharing numerous personal stories from supporters throughout the week including the one testing a man’s disability by asking to ‘try on’ his hearing aid and an airport insisting that a deaf woman must use a wheelchair. 

The campaign aims to encourage those with all levels of deafness and hearing loss to join the conversation by sharing their own stories about whats been said to them about their condition.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at Action on Hearing Loss, said: "These stories highlight the fact that despite there being 11 million people in the UK with various levels of hearing loss, there is still a widespread lack of awareness among the general public about hearing conditions and the people who live with them.

"By highlighting these misconceptions we would like encourage people to reconsider their own attitudes and preconceptions and no longer be the 'donut' in the room."

The charity hopes to show the world how important it is to be deaf aware and asks supporters to get involved by sharing their own stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #DontBeADonut #BeDeafAware.

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