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


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...

Free RNID online seminar every day in Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week, from 3 – 9 May 2021, is a good time to consider if your business is accessible to the 1 in 5 people who are deaf or have hearing loss. With the number of people with age-related hearing loss set to rise, are you taking action? During Deaf Awareness Week, our free RNID online seminar will be available every day from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 May. It’s an opportunity to learn about the barriers faced by...

How John is thriving after a workplace assessment at NatWest

NatWest is one of a growing number of organisations making hearing loss a priority. Manchester-based credit manager John Roberts experienced sudden hearing loss in 2001. In the early years, John had some difficult times: "If you're not being included in a conversation or situation, you can sometimes feel you don't want to be there and you'd rather just walk away." Breaking down barriers Life changed for John after NatWest arranged a workplace assessment with our Accessibility Solutions team at RNID. The assessor...

How we’re influencing the UK National Disability Strategy

Our Director of Policy and Campaigns, Roger Wicks, explains the stance we and a number of disability charities are taking on the government’s upcoming National Disability Strategy, and how we believe the government can improve on its current flawed approach to creating the strategy. The Disability Charities Consortium We are a member of the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC), which brings CEOs and public policy leads from the UK’s leading influential not-for-profit disability organisations together to work with the government to ensure...

New remote training events for businesses

We’re offering 3 new remote courses to help businesses become more accessible In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been adapting our Louder than Words business accessibility services. Current restrictions mean we’re unable to provide face-to-face training so we’re offering 3 new remote events. These monthly sessions are designed to help organisations understand the barriers faced by staff and customers who are deaf or have hearing loss, and the steps they can take to overcome them. They’re available to book exclusively...

Twenty things you helped us achieve in 2020

Our Director of Policy and Campaigns, Roger Wicks, shares some of the key achievements you helped the Policy and Campaigns team to make happen in 2020. Roger Wicks interviewed on Sky News Happy New Year! 2020 was tough for a lot of people. The COVID-19 pandemic created more barriers and challenges for deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus. But, despite this, we achieved some incredible things last year. In the Policy and Campaigns team, we worked with a variety of...

How video conferencing apps compare for accessibility

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, video calling services have become increasingly important to connect us to friends, family and work. But how do they compare for accessibility features that benefit deaf people and those with hearing loss? Jesal Vishnuram, our Head of Technology, reviewed eight video conferencing apps, looking at: audio and video calling qualitylive captions (also known as subtitles or live subtitles)transcriptionease of usecostmaximum number of users on a call. Live captions are automatically generated using artificial intelligence (AI) and appear...