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      Do you care for someone with hearing loss?

      You Can Care Week is held each year to encourage more people to become carers. Across the UK thousands of carers, and people being cared for, are deaf or have hearing loss. Whether you have hearing loss, or care for someone who does, here’s a round-up of practical information and assistive products to make life easier.

      By: Sally Bromham | 25 February 2019
      Hearing loss affects 11 million people in the UK, that’s one in six of us. As the population ages, we expect this to increase to one in five people by 2035. Many of the UK’s 6.5 million carers are looking after people with hearing loss, or may be deaf themselves. To mark ‘You Can Care Week’, we’re recognising the vital contribution made by carers and offering our support to make life easier.

      Recognising hearing loss

      There can often be a delay in people seeking help for their hearing loss, mainly because they don’t want to accept it. If someone you care for is struggling to hear, we’ve out together some easy ways to recognise hearing loss so you can start the conversation.

      Approaching someone you care for about hearing loss

      It may be difficult for the person you care for to acknowledge they’re losing their hearing, so you’ll need to approach the subject in an understanding way. Here are some tips on how to do it tactfully.

      Encouraging a hearing test

      You could suggest a quick and easy hearing check either online or over the phone. It’s not a full hearing test, but will indicate whether their hearing is in normal range or whether they should see their GP for further tests.

      Benefits of using hearing aids

      Hearing aids may help the person you care for to hear speech clearer and join in conversations again. Find out more about the benefits of using hearing aids.

      Tips for communicating clearly

      While hearing aids can make a huge difference, they do not restore perfect hearing. That’s why effective communication is vital when you’re caring for someone with hearing loss. Click here to view our top communication tips.

      Products and technology to help with hearing loss

      If you're caring for a loved one with hearing loss, you’ll understand the everyday challenges they face. If you’re a carer who is deaf, looking after a family member can be more difficult if you don’t always know when they need you. Our products and technology are designed to make life easier, safer and more enjoyable for people with hearing loss. To mark ‘You Can Care Week’, we’ve selected our top products for carers:

      Sarabec Mona video baby monitor with vibrating pad

      Mona Baby monitor system The Sarabec Mona video baby monitor is ideal for carers who struggle to hear a standard baby alarm. Keep an eye on a baby child or vulnerable adult, from anywhere in the home. It offers peace of mind night and day.

      • Used with the vibrating pad, it’s suitable for up to profound hearing loss
      • People with mild to moderate hearing loss have an extra-loud, flashing alarm
      • Intercom – hear and speak to your baby
      • Automatic snapshot takes pictures when sound activates the baby monitor.

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      Geemarc Photophone 450 corded phone

      T530 PhotoPhone 450Exclusively developed with Action on Hearing Loss,this phone is ideal for people with memory loss or age-related hearing loss. It has an easy-to-use adjustable ringer, tone control, and six large photo-dial buttons that also light up when someone calls.

      • Maximum ringer volume 90dB
      • Increase handset volume up to 40dB
      • Hearing aid-compatible
      • Six large photo-dial buttons.

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      Amplicomms M9500 smartphone with EE SIM Card - £10 credit included

      You no longer have to pay for minutes you don’t need with this deaf-friendly package that comprises an EE SIM card and easy-to-use smartphone with great accessibility features. The SIM card is specifically designed for people with hearing loss, offering more data, unlimited texts and fewer minutes.
      • Ringer volume up to 90dB
      • Increase handset volume up to 40dB
      • Highest possible (T4/M4) hearing aid compatibility rating
      • SOS assistance button for emergency contact.

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      Signolux baby monitor with vibrating pad

      If you’re a carer with hearing loss, the Signolux baby monitor will put your mind at ease. Always know when you’re needed thanks to the extra-loud, flashing alerts. For heavy sleepers or people with profound hearing loss, the under-pillow vibrating pad is ideal for sleeping hours.

      • Alerts: sound only, flashing light only, or both
      • Vibrating pad for night-time alerts
      • Sensitivity control to avoid false alarms
      • Option to add other alarms and alerts.

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      Bellman Care alert system

      B8039 Bellman Care Alert SystemIf you, or someone you care for, are deaf or have hearing loss, it's all too easy to miss the phone or doorbell ringing. With the Bellman care alert system, it will be much easier to see when loved ones get in touch, providing peace of mind for you and those you care for.
      • Get alerted to the doorbell and phone
      • Up to 200m range
      • Doorbell can also be used as a person-to-person alerter, perfect for a care environment
      • Other home alerts can be added later: fire, smoke, carbon monoxide and baby alarms.

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      Phonak hearing aid maintenance pack one

      Hearing aid maintenance packTaking good care of hearing aids means they’ll last longer – saving money and reducing the number of trips to the audiologist. Plus, with fewer blockages, the sound will stay loud and clear. This great-value pack is ideal for anyone with behind-the-ear aids.

      • Air blower to remove moisture from ear mould and tubing
      • Dehumidifier and drying capsules to prevent damaging moisture build-up
      • Precision brush, wire loop tool and vent cleaner to keep hearing aids clean and safe
      • Cleansing spray and wipes to avoid itchy ears by killing off bacteria.

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      Amplicomms DB200+ hearing aid dryer

      DB200 plus hearing aid drying box openThis hearing aid drying box is designed to remove moisture and condensation from hearing aids and cochlear implants. It provides a combination of gentle heat to dry excess moisture and UV light to help reduce bacterial growth.

      • Three settings: low humidity (two hours), normal humidity (four hours), high humidity (eight hours)
      • Four UV lights remove 99.9% of bacteria
      • Environmentally friendly – no need for chemicals
      • Built-in hearing aid battery tester.

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      Find out more

      For full details about our products for carers, click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above. Or, contact our Customer Services team for expert advice:
      Telephone 03330 144 525
      Textphone 03330 144 530
      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk
      Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

      We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.

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