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      Health and social care professionals

      Hearing loss is now recognised by governments across the UK as a major public health issue. National strategies and guidance on hearing loss have been launched to help NHS and adult social services respond to the growing level of need and reduce the impact of hearing loss.

      In this section, you’ll find information about what action is being taken across the UK to improve services for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Plus guidance on how to make your services more accessible and meet your legal requirements in this respect.

      We also explain what support, training and equipment Action on Hearing Loss can offer NHS and adult social services, to make sure people who are deaf or have hearing loss receive the same standard of care as everyone else.

      People who are deaf or have hearing loss may require support to communicate well when accessing NHS and social care.

      Information on how NHS and Adult social services can improve services for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

      People with hearing loss often face barriers to communication when they visit their GP. But there's plenty you can do to remove these obstacles. Find out more.

      Deafness and hearing loss shouldn’t stop older people living well in residential care homes. Our guide provides practical tips and advice for care staff on improving the quality of care for older people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

      It's vital that people who are deaf or have hearing loss can access urgent and emergency care services and receive the same quality of care as everyone else. Here's our practical advice for making your services more accessible.