I am confused about what the following means ... "if your hearing loss reaches at least 70dB in both ears". Does that mean the average over all frequencies or the frequencies I hear best or worse?
Thank you for your post- would it be possible for you provide a bit more info or background?
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Rachel- on behalf of the Information Line
Thank you for your response. For some reason, I could not log in to reply to your post but things seems to be back to normal now.
I am referring to the Transport Act and how it states:
". People are generally regarded as having a severe hearing loss if it reaches 70-95 dB HL and a profound loss if it reaches 95+ dB HL."
Anyone with thresholds between 0 and 20 dBHL across all the frequencies is considered to have ‘normal’ hearing. The greater the threshold level is – in dBHL – the greater the hearing loss.
Yes, I do understand this. My confusion is around the Transport Act saying that one qualifies for a Disabled Freedom Pass if the hearing loss reaches 70dB and worse. My hearing loss is from 50dB to 80dB across frequencies (most of frequencies being 70dB loss), does that mean I qualify?
We checked the information online for the freedom pass and it seems that there isn’t any clear eligibility, except that they state that a ‘profound or severe’ hearing loss makes someone eligible – but it’s not very clear how exactly they measure this and also whether they would accept that some people can be deaf in one ear alone for example.
I’d suggest contacting the relevant London borough and ask them to clarify further. I would assume that they have a criteria for how they measure eligibility and whether, as yours ranges across frequencies, you would be eligible or not.
Thanks for getting back to me.
I am having difficulties with my local authority as they do not accept me as a resident, due to my not having the documents that they accept as evidence even though I have lived in the borough for 7 years and have plenty of other documents to that effect. Is there any advocacy service you could recommend me?
We do not have an advocacy team unfortunately. There are a number of other deaf organisations who do whose details I have listed some below. You would need to contact them to see if they are able to support further with this: