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Access our FREE hearing loss course in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week!

The 6th of May marks the beginning of Deaf Awareness Week. Deaf Awareness Week is a campaign dedicated to highlighting the challenges faced by the deaf community, while also educating people on ways to offer their support.

At Grey Matter Learning, we believe that hearing loss shouldn’t be a barrier. We’re passionate about equipping health and social care professionals with the tools they need to appropriately support those suffering from hearing loss. In fact, we’re so passionate about this that we have developed a free online hearing loss course, in partnership with eargym.

In addition to our free course, we want to use this week to raise awareness about the challenges associated with hearing loss. Furthermore we would like to address the role that training plays in supporting the deaf community. So, let’s dive in and take a look!

Understanding hearing loss

In the UK, hearing loss affects around 12 million adults and it is something that can occur at any age. It may be temporary or permanent, but in any form, it significantly impacts lives. Despite so many people being affected by hearing loss in the UK, many people remain unaware of what life is like for a deaf person and the struggles they face.

A thorough understanding of hearing loss is essential for healthcare professionals to ensure clear and effective communication. In addition to this, it is vital for patient safety and the delivery of high-quality care. When hearing loss is unrecognised or inadequately managed, it can result in significant miscommunications, diminished support, and poor patient outcomes.

The link between hearing loss and serious illnesses

One of the major reasons that raising awareness about hearing loss is so important is because, often, it is not just an isolated condition. Hearing loss has been linked to several serious health issues. This includes cognitive decline and dementia, as the effort to hear and understand can strain the brain.

Additionally, hearing loss is associated with increased risks of social isolation and depression, as difficulties in communication can lead to fewer social interactions and a decreased quality of life. It also has a notable correlation with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

The importance of training in supporting those with hearing loss

Through comprehensive training, professionals can learn to recognise the early signs of hearing loss and its potential health implications. This knowledge is crucial for implementing strategies that enhance the overall care for individuals with hearing loss.

Unlocking the secrets of hearing loss via our eLearning course

Our eLearning course has been designed specifically for people who would like to better understand who is at risk of hearing loss, its causes, the different types of hearing tests, and ways to support someone with hearing loss. The course covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Hearing loss and links to serious health issues
  • Hearing loss and effects on life
  • How do we hear?
  • Who is at risk of hearing problems
  • Understanding hearing tests
  • Solutions: Hearing training and hearing aids
  • Ways to support someone with hearing loss
  • Tips and resources

So, why not use Deaf Awareness Week as the perfect opportunity to enhance your knowledge of hearing loss and take advantage of our free hearing loss course? You can access it as part of the Unlimited Care Package on our Click eLearning platform. Or, alternatively, you can fill in the form at the bottom of the course page to complete it as a standalone course.

Together, we can foster a more inclusive environment, improve communication strategies within healthcare, and ensure that individuals with hearing loss receive compassionate and competent care.

Unlocking the Secrets of Hearing Loss

This hearing loss course, designed in partnership with eargym, aims to guide you through the links between hearing loss and serious health issues.

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