BHA RecReady vest
The perfect present for a timid or determined outdoor walker. Wear your vest over a sports shirt or tee shirt. You will feel safe and be pleasantly surprised at the response from cyclists to your presence with this safety vest...
Companion Gift pack
The BHA Companion gift pack has a selection of graduated products that address personal identity and safety with a hearing impairment. For those who are uncomfortable with a strong identity as hearing impaired, a wrist band is available to send a discrete message to inform observant others at work or play...
Help us stop
A person with hearing loss is a person at risk of experiencing stigma.
Stigma arises from an unjustified attribution of ‘unsocial’ behavioural traits or conditions to the presence of a personal disability. Hearing loss is frequently stigmatised with assertions that: a person with a hearing loss will never keep a job; will make a bad husband and parent; and, will be a loner, isolated, and prone to depression.
The cutting-edge occurs when the disability is denied and hidden, and help is not sought. Then, the behavioural stereotype starts to unfold in real time as the person becomes withdrawn, loses a job, relationships are at risk, and connection with children and friends become problematic.
Where the affected person understands the disability and takes appropriate remedial actions, the stigma is usually disarmed.
Help us stop stigma by:
- attending a session to understand the hearing loss journey, and assess your passage to date
- learning how to manage the predictable expected pinch-points, preferably as they occur in your preferred sport or recreational activity
- transfer the lessons learned at sport to resolve pinch-points your domestic arrangements
- standing up, celebrate and acknowledge your disability, and support hearing loss as one of life’s challenges with BHA merchandise, or
- join a BHA class, course, or project.