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      How do we know this is an issue

      If you are deaf or have hearing loss, you're likely to face barriers at work that other people don't.

      In research we carried out in 2014, eight out of 10 respondents said that employer attitudes towards hearing loss was a major barrier in the workplace.

      So, we commissioned YouGov to survey business leaders and we interviewed people in business to identify good practice that can be replicated across the country.

      Our research found that:

      You can read more about our findings, along with our recommendations, in our report Working for Change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.

      Key findings from our YouGov poll:

      • Just over a third (35%) of business leaders stated that they don't feel confident about their business employing a person with hearing loss.
      • Over half (57%) of business leaders agree that there is a lack of support or advice available for employers about employing someone with hearing loss.
      • Almost two-thirds (63%) of all business leaders had never heard of Access to Work
      • Nearly two-fifths (39%) of business leaders don’t feel equipped to support staff with hearing loss to stay productive in the workforce.


      We think government, employers, and people with hearing loss need to work together to improve attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.

      We want employers to use our myth-busting guide to help them overcome any concerns about employing people with hearing loss. We also want businesses to spread the word about our campaign. And if you have hearing loss and have been affected in any way by an employer’s bad attitude towards hearing loss, or lack of understanding about it, please contact us and tell us about your experiences. Powerful stories always strengthen our campaigns.

      For employers

      Our straightforward myth-busting guide helps to dispel some of the negative perceptions employers have about employing staff with hearing loss. We highlight the simple steps employers can take and explain how they can access practical support.

      For people with hearing loss

      Is your hearing loss affecting you at work. See Talk to your employer about your hearing loss

      You can also contact our Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (telephone), 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or send a text message to 0780 000 0360 (SMS only), or email or email our Campaigns team

      Working for change report

      Our report makes recommendations to government, employers and people with hearing loss aimed at changing attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.

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