Hearing Health Now
An insight into people's different experiences
Hearing Health Now brought together researchers, people who use hearing aids, people who are d/Deaf and use BSL and people with mixed experiences of hearing to explore the topic of hearing health and research.
We hosted five workshops with artist Will Renel that included group discussions and creative activities. People shared their personal perspectives, discussed the commonalities and differences between their experiences and what they wanted the project to communicate to others.
The conversations covered communication, sound, technology and culture as well as physical and mental health. We didn’t get to a shared definition but rather a view that hearing health is a topic that needs to be talked about more by everyone.
These conversations and different perspectives about hearing health are shared through images and an animation, which you can see below.
The animation summarises themes that were important to participants. It gives examples of the daily experiences of people affected by hearing health research, invites everyone to see hearing health as a shared responsibility and promotes inclusive research. The animation is BSL interpreted.