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      Naughty or Nice? Will you be able to watch your festive favourites?

      The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. With the cold spells of Christmas setting in, we’re all looking forward to some cracking TV viewing – right?

      By: Jessica McNulty | 11 December 2018

      With all the Christmas specials hitting the small screen in your living room, will these festive favourites have all the trimmings – including subtitles? The good news is that, compared to 2016, subtitle provision has slightly improved for on-demand services. At the end of 2017, half (49%) of all on-demand services had subtitles.

      The Ghost of Christmas Past

      Accessibility for on-demand telly still varies according to the platform. If you’re looking to catch-up on a programme over the festive period, very few services have subtitles on the most popular platforms. Take Virgin Media as an example; only three out of 24 services available on the platform have subtitles. Some platforms are better than others, however, such as a Samsung Smart TV offering seven out of 17 services with subtitles.

      The two main providers, ITV Hub and All 4, have the majority of content on a web browser with subtitles. However, if you’re watching on a smartphone, tablet, or Smart TV then you might not be able to.

      The Ghost of Christmas Future

      With the change to the Digital Economy Act (2017) highlighting that on-demand content should be subtitled, we’re hoping that, by next Christmas, the gift of accessible TV for people who are deaf or have hearing loss will be much closer.

      The Ghost of Christmas Present

      Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones and sharing experiences. If festive content does not have subtitles, then please do raise this with the service providerTo get regular updates from our campaigns, please sign up here

      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together
      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together

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      Children (aged 7-12 years) invited to take part in a new research study

      Researchers at University College London (UCL) are investigating the effect of noisy listening environments on children’s ability to understand speech and would like to invite your child to take part.

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      Certain medicines can harm hearing as a side-effect. We funded research to understand how a new drug might protect hearing when someone has to take one of these medicines. Tracey, from our Research team, explains in her blog post.

      By: Tracey Pollard
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      Protecting hearing from ear-toxic medicines

      With the help of our funding, researchers at the UCL Ear Institute have shown that structures called stress granules, which form when a cell is damaged or otherwise stressed, can protect hair cells from the damage caused by ototoxic (ear-toxic) medicines, such as aminoglycoside antibiotics. Dr Ralph Holme, from our Research team, tells us more.

      By: Dr Ralph Holme
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      Meet Kim Harbut

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      By: Kim Harbut
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      Recent Posts

      Children (aged 7-12 years) invited to take part in a new research study

      Researchers at University College London (UCL) are investigating the effect of noisy listening environments on children’s ability to understand speech and would like to invite your child to take part.

      By: Katharina Zenke and Shiran Koifman
      16 September 2019

      A new drug to protect hearing?

      Certain medicines can harm hearing as a side-effect. We funded research to understand how a new drug might protect hearing when someone has to take one of these medicines. Tracey, from our Research team, explains in her blog post.

      By: Tracey Pollard
      16 September 2019

      Protecting hearing from ear-toxic medicines

      With the help of our funding, researchers at the UCL Ear Institute have shown that structures called stress granules, which form when a cell is damaged or otherwise stressed, can protect hair cells from the damage caused by ototoxic (ear-toxic) medicines, such as aminoglycoside antibiotics. Dr Ralph Holme, from our Research team, tells us more.

      By: Dr Ralph Holme
      16 September 2019

      Meet Kim Harbut

      As our Regional Information Coordinator and Outreach Aged Veteran worker, Kim Harbut tells us about her current projects while working alongside our Volunteers, and her experience of sailing the seas for the first time with a team of young deaf persons.

      By: Kim Harbut
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