The hearing-impaired community is extremely diverse. Each individual interacts with the world in their own way, whether it be by relying on a cochlear implant or by using sign language. Many use a combination of different strategies to communicate.
Many seemingly simple tasks can present a challenge for those with a hearing loss. Our world primarily serves people without a disability. Unfortunately, people with a hearing loss can face many obstacles without the accommodations that must be made in order to meet the needs of the hearing-impaired community. There is a growing number of people working to make a change.
Fortunately, we have sign language interpreters who serve an important role in our community. They have always helped make many experiences, such as concerts an education, more accessible to a wider audience. The benefits of sign language interpreters extends beyond those with a hearing loss. Everyone benefits from being able to connect, better understand, and effectively communicate with the hearing-impaired community.
Sign language is a system of using visual gestures and signs to communicate. Did you know that there isn’t one universal form of sign language? Sign languages have their own dialects or “accents” from around the world. American Sign Language is the most common choice in North America.
Sign language is the primary method of communication for many people who are deaf or have a hearing loss. However, they are not the only ones who can use it!
There are many different types of sign language interpreters. They all have the common goal to work as a “translator” for the hearing impaired community. A sign language interpreter works to translate spoken language to sign language, and vice versa. They help bridge the communication gap between a hearing person and a hearing-impaired individual. This helps ensure fair and equal accessibility.
Sign language interpreters provide a necessary and valuable service to society. Their benefits extend beyond the hearing-impaired community.
At Hear Now, we pride ourselves on being a valuable resource to our community. We offer hearing evaluations, hearing loss and tinnitus management, and resources for communication strategies. We believe in the importance of a support system for individuals facing a hearing loss. Call us today if you are ready to learn more about your hearing healthcare.