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Good Practice Guide for Social Workers in England and Wales Working with Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss

The guidance will help social workers understand acquired hearing loss, what the impact can be and has a whole range of helpful suggestions of how social workers can help.

Peter Simcock, BASW member and senior lecturer at Birmingham City University – one of the co-authors says: “Social workers are known for having strong communication skills, and yet many of these need to be adapted when working with adults with acquired hearing loss. It is important that social workers are aware that acquired hearing loss has multiple psycho-social effects, which are often more significant than the medical and audiological matters.  Such effects must be considered in social work assessments, in order to consider the impact of acquired hearing loss on people’s desired outcomes and on their well-being”.