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Living with Deafness and Hearing Impairment

Understand the causes and impacts of deafness and hearing impairment to better support hearing-impaired people and their carers.

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Living with Deafness and Hearing Impairment

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Discover what it means to live with deafness and hearing impairment

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 billion people (nearly 20% of the global population) currently live with hearing loss. For 430 million of these, the hearing impairment is disabling.

On this two-week course from the University of East Anglia, you’ll delve into how hearing works and the impacts of hearing impairment and deafness. As you explore the lived experience of hearing-impaired people, you’ll discover strategies for supporting them and their carers.

Understand issues surrounding hearing and hearing impairment

The course will start with an overview of hearing, deafness, and hearing impairment. You’ll learn about the anatomy of the ear, and be introduced to correct terminology for discussing hearing impairment.

Learning from videos and interviews with hearing-impaired people, you’ll also begin exploring some of the communication difficulties associated with deafness and hearing impairment.

Explore the impacts of hearing impairment on people and their carers

Week 2 of the course will focus on the many impacts of hearing impairment, both for the hearing-impaired and for their families and carers.

You’ll consider some of the issues hearing-impaired people face in education, relationships, when using technology, and more. Then you’ll examine the broader impacts of these issues for families and support networks.

At the end of the two weeks, you’ll reflect on what we can all do to facilitate communication for hearing-impaired people. You’ll be encouraged to put your learning into practice to better support those living with deafness and hearing impairment.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Making sense of hearing

    • Introducing the course

      An introduction to Jane and Chloe, both of whom are Deaf.

    • About deafness and hearing impairment

      Defining deafness and hearing impairment.

    • Living with deafness and hearing impairment (part 1)

      Jane and Chloe share common communication difficulties and discuss the use of lip-reading and sign language.

  • Week 2

    Living with deafness and hearing impairment

    • Living with deafness and hearing impairment (part 2)

      Jane and Chloe discuss education, relationships and assistive technology.

    • Impact on families

      Members of Jane and Chloe's families talk about how they are impacted by living with a person with a hearing impairment.

    • Facilitating communication

      A closer look at particular communication issues faced by Deaf and hearing impaired people. Plus some suggestions for how to make communication easier.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the impact of deafness and hearing impairment
  • Explore how hearing impairment impacts individuals on a day-to-day basis
  • Investigate how others can assist those with hearing impairment
  • Identify some of the key assumptions of deafness and hearing impairment
  • Compare the different types and levels of deafness and hearing impairment and how this impacts on day-to-day activities
  • Explore the lived experience of deafness and hearing impairment
  • Investigate the lived experience of deafness and hearing impairment from the carer perspective

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the lived experience of those affected by deafness and hearing impairment.

It will be particularly useful for health and social care professionals, or anyone else working and/or living with hearing-impaired colleagues, family, friends, or students.

Who will you learn with?

Jane is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy from the University of East Anglia. Jane is a passionate advocate for people with a disability / long term condition and shares her experiences.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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