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TOPIC: dla on deafness on its own

dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21627

  • iamdeaf
has anybody recived dla with deafness only

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Re: dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21639

Hi, DLA is payable upon your needs, The deafness is secondary. It is how it affects you on a daily basis. There is lots of information on the guides for DLA in the members section of this site. Best Wishes.

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Re:dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21643

iamdeaf wrote:

has anybody recived dla with deafness only


Hi,

Many people with deafness receive DLA, but mainly only the lower rate care component. Being deaf puts you at risk when walking in unfamiliar places.

This link should help to explain things DLA and Deaf Person claim, appeal and case law pack

Hope this is of some help.

Best wishes.

Jim

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Re:dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21742

  • iamdeaf
thank you jim

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Re: dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21743

  • iamdeaf
thank you jeff 1

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Re: dla on deafness on its own 7 years 5 months ago #21866

DLA is the care you NEED NOT the care you currently get.
If you have to ask people to repeat what they have said, make phone calls on your behalf, write things down, or even can comprehend a lip read conversation but can't remember it later on, so have to get the information again they are all times you need care and assistance.

Another factor to consider is balance... even if its only every so often you're unstable or suffer vertigo document it.

The paperwork does not allow for a deaf person to explain about living with deafness and very few people are slightly deaf aware.

I think it's unfair that those registered blind will often get higher rate care and mobility for their sensory loss.

As the deaf know there are grades of deafness and when you get to severe and profoundly deaf you're unable to hear very much eve with super power hearing aids of any clarity.
Going back to lip reading I can lip read [generally!!] so people don't think I am profoundly deaf, however, if the person has a strong accent or dialect, or doesn't speak clearly I cannot communicate with that person. That is one of the most humiliating things telling someone you can't understand them.

If you're involved in meetings, lip reading one person with good lip shape is possible, when there are two or more people to lip read it becomes tiring and then impossible to switch between speakers.

I also find conferences and seminars are no-go areas, mainly as hearing aids give me no benefit and if you're lucky they might have a loop system that works, although it's unlikely in many places.

Document everything as a seperate document to the forms and submit a covering letter referring to the detail in the attached document.

You have to do all the leg work for them, but if you do make their lives easier, then they might look at you favourably...!

How the deaf will cope in the work related DLA medical I don't know, walking into my ESA medical with my Hearing Dog had the doctor appologising for my needing to attend. He did the interview with me sat next to him and me reading the questions and him typing the answers.

I was stunned that due to my deafness and other conditions his opinion/prognosis when the copy of my medical report arrived was that I was unlikely to return to work in the long term. Reading all I have read on this forum that seems to be an outcome that's as rare as hens teeth! Guess I was lucky and he'd had a good lunch break.

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