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Law firm Mercury Legal has launched a new hearing app to mark this year’s Deaf Awareness Week (4th – 10th May).

The web application, which can be used either on a mobile or computer, enables users in their twenties through to those in their eighties to test the quality of their hearing and compare their results to the national standard for their age group.

One of the features of the Online hearing test is its comparison charts. The application uses age comparison charts that people can use to compare their results to the normal hearing of others the same age.

Gavin Moat, Industrial Disease Solicitor at Mercury Legal, said: “We are delighted to be launching this app during Deaf Awareness Week.

“We hope that the test will be a quick and useful indicator for people concerned about their hearing and allow them to gain an overview of their current hearing levels compared with the average hearing levels of those in their age group.”

Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event run by the UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD); the umbrella body for all UK voluntary organisations working with deaf people every day. Deaf Awareness Week has been created to celebrate the achievements of these organisations whilst recognising the positive steps taken by employers to ensure that the 1 in 6 people who are deaf and hard of hearing in the UK are treated fairly and given equal access. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Connect and Communicate’.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “The theme of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is in response to increasing collaboration in the sector.

“The UK Council on Deafness now has over a hundred members and they work with many more organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It is this cooperation that is leading to improvements for deaf people.

“Over the past year we have together secured better access to health services and information, improved relay services, made changes to Access to Work, challenged plans to deny people hearing aids and more.

“Without concerted efforts to Connect and Collaborate these things wouldn’t have happened. And it’s why we’re working to identify a common purpose for organisations working in the field of deafness.”

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