A person who is hard of hearing has a hearing loss (of any severity), and communication is usually by speech*
People with hearing loss face daily barriers to everyday communication. We work closely with our communities to better understand these challenges, which can include:
- Limited access to multimedia aspects of cultural experiences such as those at museums, art galleries, theatres and sporting venues
- Difficulties with workplace communication (for example, liaising with client, colleagues and customers either one on one or in meetings)
- Barriers to recruitment where methods rely on audio communication (for example, telephone interviews)
- No access to loud speaker and public announcements at large events and on public transport.
In Australia, spoken English. English text captions, or supplementary hearing devices such as hearing aids or a cochlear implant.
Approach to technology:
Technology that provides a text equivalent, accompanying audio (for example, captions).
*More information on accepted terminology in Australia can be found on the Deaf Australia website.