We will be celebrating celebrating Deaf Awareness Week by ensuring that all our patients and visitors are fully in the loop!
We already have a hearing loop installed in patient facing areas at both our Little Common Lane and Ecclesall Road South sites for use by people with hearing aids.
A hearing loop - also known as an audio induction loop - is a sound system developed specifically for use by people with hearing aids, providing a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the individual hearing aid.
And with Deaf Awareness Week launching on May 2 and running through to May 8, we are now also rolling out a hearing loop programme in our chain of charity shops across the city.
Deaf Awareness Week aims to highlight the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and increase visibility and inclusion of deaf people.
“Having seen how successful the hearing loop has been at the hospice, we felt it was vital to extend the service across all our shops too,” said our Head of Retail Marie Egerton.
“Our shops are a vital part of our fundraising operation and also, for many people, the first point of contact they might have with St Luke’s.
“As such, we feel it is vital that everybody receive the warmest welcome possible and that means being able to talk comfortably to our staff and volunteers.”