Protective Screens Risk Denying Vital Services for Hearing Impaired
‘Intelligent use of protective screens needed to ensure inclusivity across all communities’
With the global health crisis continuing to throw daily life into disarray and the associated uncertainty creating an unprecedented level of anxiety, the latest government announcement has paved the way for more workers to return to employment in certain sectors. However, in an attempt to maximise the safety of employees and reduce the risk of a second wave of infections, employers across the UK are hastily installing safety measures which are inadvertently affecting the lives of those with hearing impairments.
By its nature, many of the most significantly impacted individuals with hearing loss are also some of the more vulnerable members of the UK’s communities. Whilst immediate measures to protect staff are a crucial part of a national recovery plan, little thought has been given to the impact of a nation-wide roll out of plastic screens in customer facing environments.
With approximately 12 million people in the UK suffering with hearing loss, a UK leader in specialist audio systems for the hearing impaired has raised concerns over the secondary impact of mass installation of screens at counters and customer service desks everywhere. Fife based, Clear Audio Systems spokesperson Martin McCloskey commented:
“We fully understand and support the critical efforts of business to protect staff and customers, however, the blanket use of plastic screens needs to come with a more intelligent approach. The large plastic barrier screens are a fantastic way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can also cause huge difficulties for those with hearing impairments.”
Martin McCloskey continued: “There are a number of really effective solutions available which will work in harmony with screens, to ensure those with hearing difficulties can still access vital services during the fight against the virus. It’s more important than ever to look after every member of our communities, right across the country.”
Clear Audio’s speech enhancement technology is designed to improve communication through speaking barriers such as protective screening. The highly effective system consists of a set of speakers and microphones to be installed either side of the protective screen for easy communication. The integral components in the speech enhancements systems have been researched designed and created in house using the experience and industry knowledge developed over 25 years, for a reliable solution, with reduced feedback, quick and easy installation and the very best user experience for the customers and staff.
For more information on the effective hearing solutions available to complement the use of protective screens, please visit the official website at www.clearaudiosystems.com
About Clear Audio Systems:
Clear Audio Systems was established in 1993 by company Chairman Tom McGregor when he identified a need for speech enhancement equipment when visiting a branch of his local bank. The Clear Audio Systems team have been at the forefront of speech enhancement systems and induction loop expertise from the development of the initial technology 25 years ago, to the systems you see in your banks and shops today. Our products are designed and built in the UK, with 25 years’ experience in the speech enhancement systems.