Let’s Support Ukrainian Refugees with Hearing Loss

Bombs. Terror. Acute stress. Anger. Grief. Fleeing for your life.

Added to this unimaginable horror taking place is the lack of essential supplies – including hearing aid/processor batteries and communication access for people who are deaf or need assistive technology to understand.

As a person with profound hearing loss and equally profound tinnitus, I can hardly guess at what a Ukrainian person with hearing loss is experiencing, right now. Without working assistive devices, I would  understand little of what people are saying. Stress and the noise of bombs and destruction would ramp my tinnitus to the point of unbearableness. How possible would it be to calm myself through meditation, with my world being destroyed around me?

This war might not be our experience, but we are affected by it. How can we not? As people with hearing loss, let’s help those who need our help to hear and understand. Even though we may have already donated, there are specific organizations and funds that will get support and supplies to people with hearing loss affected by this war. The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) and its European Federation have identified two sources for helping persons with hearing loss. You can give individually or have your local hearing loss association get in touch with IFHOH to donate.

If you know of other hearing and communication supports being offered in Ukraine or to its refugees, please share them in a comment below.

Imagine being frightened and sick – and not being able to understand what people are saying. Let’s help.  

About Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is a writer, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog for HearingHealthMatters.org, which has an international following, Gael wrote the acclaimed book "The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss". She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work, which includes advocacy for a more inclusive society for people with hearing loss. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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