YOUNG ADULTS NETWORK
The Young Adults Network (YAN) is a non-profit network of young adults aged 18-35 with varying degrees of hearing loss that strives to educate communities about hearing loss, to provide resources and support to young adults with hearing loss so they can become productive members of society, and to foster connections and active leadership amongst our membership.
The purpose of YAN is to raise awareness about the issues and concerns of hard of hearing young adults in Canada, to enable them to connect with each other, and to provide support for them to be involved within CHHA and to lead a healthy and happy life.
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COVID-19 - Communication Tips for Businesses
With the new normal, face masks are an everyday encounter now and this can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing for anyone with hearing loss, not just young adults. Many of us rely on speech-reading to understand what is being said and how it is being conveyed; however, with half the face blocked, speech-reading is no longer possible. Approximately 35% of Canadians have some form of hearing loss (source).
If you have a business, please read this PDF and consider creating a print-out of the common/repetitive questions your staff ask, so they can point to the questions when encountering customers who cannot understand what is being said. When customers have a positive experience with communication barriers being broken down for them, they are more likely to return.
If you have hearing loss, please distribute this PDF to the store managers of the businesses you frequent. We hope the business considers and implements new measures to make your day easier!
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