I’ve always enjoyed the arts and would really miss out if subtitled film screenings and captioned theatre performances weren’t available. I lost my hearing five years ago due to a rare illness, and while my cochlear implant is fantastic, I sometimes struggle to follow everything that’s said in films and shows.
I watch around one subtitled film a week at the cinema and the experience is usually very good. I also see a lot of plays and musicals at the theatre that are captioned by the charity Stagetext – they’re brilliant! The charity also provides live speech-to-text reporting of museum and art gallery talks across the UK. Don’t let hearing loss hold you back from enjoying the arts – see what’s on near you.