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Conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes can all lead to visual impairment, in addition to the common effects of increasing age on the ability to read small print and process fine detail. In this section, you’ll find information about eye care, eye tests and common eye problems, as well as a range of low vision aids, from a simple magnifying glass to a talking clock, big button phones to voice-activated diallers.
Hearing problems also often increase with age, and can also be caused by a range of conditions including tinnitus. Deaf and hearing impaired people can find the latest assistive technology products, including amplified phones, hearing aids, loops, alarms and alerts for those with hearing loss.
Loss of speech, or aphasia, can be due to a physical or learning disability, a condition such as cerebral palsy or autism, or as the result of a stroke. AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) refers to the various means of helping communication without speech.
The pages here are about eyesight, hearing, and speech loss, including services to look after you and a range of products to help if your sight, speech or hearing is impaired:
Eyecare, eye tests & common eye conditions
Aids to assist with poor eyesight and blindness
Aids to assist with impaired hearing and deafness
Speech aids
High-tech communication aids
Low-tech communication aids

Tinnitus awareness week

Tinnitus Awareness Week

Feb 06, 2017

Tinnitus affects six million people in the UK 6 – 12 February 2017 is national Tinnitus Awareness Week, and Action on Hearing Loss has launched a tinnitus myth-busting guide. There […]

Solar powered talking watch

Talking Watches

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smoke alarm for deaf people

Smoke alarm for deaf people

Latest iteration of the original smoke alarm for deaf users The Easylink wire-free smoke alarm for deaf people was first introduced to market during 1987. A smoke detector with integral […]

subtitle it campaign succeeds

Subtitle it! campaign

Feb 09, 2017

Action on Hearing Loss campaign, Subtitle It!, finds success The government has now made video-on-demand subtitling a legal requirement. Yesterday, the House of Lords approved a Government proposal to amend […]

What's in your tears

All about tears

My lovely sister-in-law used to save up sad thoughts for when she was chopping onions, so that she didn’t let her tears go to waste. Tears are surprisingly complex, and […]

High visibility ownfone helps with macular degeneration

First Macular Week

Jul 07, 2015

Awareness Week for common cause of blindness This year sees the first Macular Week, organised by the Macular Society, taking place between the 6th and 12th of July. More than […]