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Read the latest news from RNID and stories from deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.


Making sure no one feels left out this Christmas

Andy Winter talks to us about his dad's hearing loss, how it has affected their family and what they are doing at Christmas to make sure everyone is involved. I’m Andy, I live in a small market town in Leicestershire, with my daughter and wife Aimee. We have family nearby on Aimee’s side, but I hail from the Northwest, Stockport to be precise and that is where my parents still reside. Family is so important to me, especially now that...

Channel 4 – “Subtitles are now available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Digital Platforms”

On day 28 of Channel 4’s subtitling crisis we are pleased that Channel 4 have announced that their subtitling issues have been partly resolved. This should mean that most shows will now be available with subtitles on normal TV. Channel 4 statement Read the statement from Channel 4 What we're doing We will continue to monitor Channel 4 services to make sure that their promises are delivered in practice and that they continue to keep the deaf community updated.   This partial fix comes as a relief, following their last statement which said that subtitling problems could continue until mid-November. This would have meant that content broadcast by Channel 4 would have been inaccessible to...

Channel 4 – “full access services might not be available until the middle of November”

Channel 4’s statement  On day 25 of the continuing failure of subtitling, signing and audio description services, Channel 4 have confirmed that the crisis could continue until mid-November. This is because not only did the incident at Red Bee Media damage the equipment providing these services, but Channel 4’s own back-up systems also failed. Read the full statement from Channel 4.  It’s helpful to have an idea of when the problem at Channel 4 may be fixed and how they will make more subtitled content available, but it still isn’t good enough.  What we want from Channel 4 We met with Channel 4 today to discuss the impact this crisis continues...

RNID mourns the loss of Sir David Amess MP

Like everyone across the country, all of us at RNID are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess MP. David was a long-term supporter of our cause and we have always been grateful for the efforts and advice that he gave to us. Whenever David met with us or attended our events, he would always talk energetically and with real engagement about our work. He was, without doubt, one of the biggest and most memorable personalities in...

Our open letter to Channel 4 – fix your subtitling and keep deaf community informed!

As promised in our update yesterday, we continue to push on your behalf for the problems about subtitling to be resolved – particularly on Channel 4. The problem has already gone on for 20 days and this is unacceptable. Today, we met with Channel 4 to find out more about why these services are not being delivered and talk about what they can do to make sure deaf people and people with hearing loss are not denied access to TV...

TV subtitling update: BBC and Channel 5 make progress to resuming a normal service, but little improvement on Channel 4

We wanted to share with you a new update on the subtitling issues which have affected the BBC, Channel 4, and Channel 5 over the last few weeks.Our original update about the subtitling problems includes details of how to complain to the broadcasters themselves or to their regulator, Ofcom. Following the incident at Red Bee Media (an independent company responsible for making subtitles for lots of broadcasters), TV viewers experienced problems, including subtitles only appearing after a lag or not appearing at all.   We are happy to let you know we have noticed that subtitles have improved on the BBC and Channel 5 and both broadcasters are offering a better...

Subtitle problems on Channel 4, Channel 5 and BBC

Like a lot of you, we’ve noticed the subtitling issues on Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC: things like subtitles only appearing after a lag – or not appearing at all. We know the value of subtitles when watching TV and the frustration when they're not provided, so we want to see these problems fixed. At the bottom of this page, we explain how you can complain and make sure broadcasters understand how important it is that these problems...

How engaging in physical activity helps me manage my tinnitus

James Clark, owner of Pyramid Fitness Gym, shares his experience with hearing loss and tinnitus and why he has been involved in Challenge RNID – both as a participant and as a personal coach. We interviewed James to find out how he manages tinnitus and the benefits of physical activity. What has been your experience of hearing loss and tinnitus? My first experiences of recognising difficulties hearing came at an early age. As it became clearer to others around me I...

Cultivate your own Sensory Garden in memory of HRH Duke of Edinburgh

Create a sensory garden as a tribute to the life of Prince Philip HRH Duke of Edinburgh was well known for his love of gardening. His work on the design and landscaping of the royal gardens will be a living legacy to the prince for years to come. These spaces will no doubt be of great solace to Prince Philip’s loved ones as a spot of quiet reflection and remembrance. For those with sensory loss, a sensory garden can have enormous therapeutic value. Prince Philip was known to have hearing loss himself and, of course, was a...