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Does your hearing affect you at work? If your answer is ‘yes’, Access to Work could help pay for communication and equipment support.
Communication support – it’s your right
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It’s vital that you are able to access communication support if you are deaf or have a hearing loss. Don’t be shy – it’s your right to have equal access. You can find out more in our summary of the Equality Act 2010 (PDF, opens in new window). If you live or work in Northern Ireland, you will have to refer to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (external link, opens in new window) upheld by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (external link, opens in new window) .
The Access to Work scheme can help pay for communication support at an interview or a workplace meeting. Please contact us for more information and advice about how to get an Access to Work grant.
Equipment – what’s available?
There is a wide variety
of products available which can help you in the workplace. If you struggle to hear in meetings, you could be supplied with a conversation amplifier or an amplified telephone to help you communicate with your colleagues.
If you are profoundly deaf, then our textphones enable you to communicate via Text Relay by receiving a caller’s message as text.
Who is eligible for Access to Work?
Access to Work is available for people who are in a paid job, unemployed and about to start a job or a work trial and people who are self-employed whose health stops them from being able to do their job.
If you would like to check your eligibility, you will need to contact the Access to Work centre that covers your region. You can find some information on eligibility on the Direct Gov website here .
Selecting a product
If you would like help selecting or identifying the right product for you, please contact our Customer Service team who will help you select the most suitable product for your needs.