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Midlothian residents are being encouraged to be more sympathetic to deaf people and those with hearing loss

Midlothian residents are being encouraged to be more sympathetic to deaf people and those with hearing loss

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Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is urging Midlothian residents to make small changes to meet the communication needs of people who are deaf or have hearing loss which can have a big impact on their everyday lives.

Delia Henry, director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “Deaf Awareness Week is the ideal time to celebrate the valuable contributions which deaf people and British Sign Language users make to society, and gives us the opportunity to consider how everyone can take small steps to improve their communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“Each person may have their own preferred method of communicating so, by simply asking what the best way is, and following our deaf awareness tips, you can make a huge impact on ensuring deaf family, friends or colleagues can follow and contribute to everyday conversations.”

People in Midlothian are urged to follow the following deaf awareness tips: Learn some basic British Sign Language (BSL) and fingerspelling to communicate with deaf people whose first language may not be English; if someone is working with a BSL interpreter, always remember to talk directly to the deaf person, not the interpreter; face the person you’re talking to and check they are following the conversation; if someone doesn’t understand what you’ve said, try saying it in a different way; to make it easier to lipread, don’t cover your mouth and speak in a place with good lighting; don’t shout – it can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users and looks aggressive.