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      Your rights

      If you're deaf or have hearing loss, you may not think of yourself as having a disability. But under the Equality Act 2010 you might be defined as disabled. This means you should have equal access and equality of opportunity without discrimination.

      In this section we explain how the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act could apply to you.

      If you're looking for more information, our factsheets and leaflets tell you about your rights. You can download them from our Information and resources area, or order by contacting our Information Line.

      The Equality Act protects you against unfair treatment in the workplace, and when you're out and about, if your hearing loss fits the definition of a disability.

      If you believe that your rights have been denied because you have hearing loss, you may be able to bring a case under the Human Rights Act.

      If you have hearing loss, your employer has a duty to make adjustments so you're not put at a disadvantage. You could also be eligible for an Access to Work grant to help pay for practical support and specialist equipment.

      If you're deaf or have hearing loss, service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments so you are able to access their services. Failure to do so could be unlawful discrimination.