If you’re deaf or have hearing loss, you may not think of yourself as having a disability. But under the Equality Act 2010, you might be defined as disabled. This means you should have equal access and equality of opportunity without discrimination.
Find out more about your rights and how you’re protected under the law.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act protects you against unfair treatment in the workplace, and when you’re out and about, if your hearing loss fits the definition of a disability.
The Humans Right Act
If you believe that your rights have been denied because you’re deaf or have hearing loss, you may be able to bring a case under the Human Rights Act.
Your rights at work
If you’re deaf or have hearing loss, your employer has a duty to make adjustments so you’re not put at a disadvantage. You could also be eligible for an Access to Work grant to help pay for practical support and specialist equipment.
Your rights when accessing health and social care
If you’re deaf or have hearing loss, you have the right to equal access to NHS health and social care services.
Your rights when using public services
If you’re deaf or have hearing loss, service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments so you are able to access their services. Failure to do so could be unlawful discrimination.