When you are deaf, getting advice from an insurance broker or insurer themselves is not always the easiest thing in the world. Many people within the insurance world do not know British Sign Language, or even more so, the technical wordings that need to be used to fully express the messages that we need to advise properly. Documents, lip reading, instant messaging are all possible, but if BSL is your first language, accessing insurance advice can seem like there the insurance world is not speaking your language. We are pleased to say that we are working with charities and life insurance companies, to provide you a supportive journey to access insurance.
Things we need to know:
Life Insurance for people with total or partial deafness should be available with most insurers at standard terms. Deafness that is not caused by a specific medical condition, does not have any specific influence upon your life expectancy, and insurers are dedicated to supporting you as much as possible.
If the deafness is caused by a secondary condition e.g. tinnitus, acoustic neuroma, etc, the insurer will want to ask some more information about your health. Depending upon the medical condition that causes your deafness, it is possible that your insurance premiums will be increased. This is due to the condition that is causing the deafness and not the deafness itself and it could be a good idea to look at other pages on our site, to find out how insurers assess any other health factors that you have.
Critical Illness Cover for people who are totally or partially deaf will almost certainly come with an exclusion for deafness. This will mean that the policy has been accepted at non-standard terms. We know that this doesn’t sound ideal, but please bear with us while we explain it a bit further. The development of deafness is often a claimable condition on critical illness cover. When you apply for this insurance cover, if you are already deaf, the insurer will exclude this from the claims list, as they cannot give you a policy that would mean you could make an automatic claim as soon as it becomes active. Provided that you are in good health, you should be eligible for all other aspects of the Critical Illness policy.
Where deafness is a result of another medical condition, the insurer will assess your application in more detail in regards to these additional factors. Like life insurance, the insurer will want to know what the other medical condition is, when it was diagnosed, any treatments or surgeries that you have had and any other lasting complications that you may be experiencing. You may have this information easily to hand, or it may be something that you do not know a lot of the medical details that the insurers wish to know. Please do not worry if you do not know the details as the insurer will ask for your permission to speak with your GP, to confirm everything that has happened.
Income Protection is the type of policy, where if you are experiencing current symptoms of a health condition that could be claimable on the policy, then there is often an exclusion. For someone that is blind there will be a blindness exclusion, for someone with repetitive strain injury in their hands there will be an exclusion for inability to work due to their hands. It is the same for people with partial, mixed hearing loss or deafness. When you have long term hearing loss, it is highly likely that there will be an exclusion for any claim for inability to work, due to your hearing.
The insurer will want to know details about your occupation and the specific duties that you do. Provided that you are not working in a high risk job and that you are in good health, then all other aspects of the Income Protection policy should still be available to you. Where additional medical conditions are present, the insurer will want to know more details about your overall health, before they make a decision over whether they can offer you income protection.
If you find that the options for income protection are not of interest, then you may wish to consider Accident, Sickness and Unemployment cover instead. This type of policy replaces your income for 12-24 months if you are unable to work due to long-term injury, disability or involuntary redundancy. These policies do not require medical information about yourself to be arranged, but it is important to be aware that any claim will be medically underwritten.
Sign 2 Sing
sign2sing is the annual fundraising event, organised by the Deaf health charity SignHealth. It's the only mass participation signing event in the UK.
Here at Cura a bunch of us have got 'Together' and joined many businesses, schools and groups across the country in celebration of sign2sing and created our own video to help raise essential funds for SignHealth projects that support the deaf community.
It has been a very enjoyable experience for all who have taken part, signing to music is hugely uplifting, and a great way to get into learning sign language. Give it a try! Here's a link to the tutorial we used provided by Fletch from SignHealth: Tutorial provided by Fletch.
We hope you enjoy the video, and the beautiful surroundings of Filey, right outside our office.
If you're interested in finding out more about the event please visit www.sign2sing.org.uk
What is Deafness
Deafness is often placed into the categories of sensorineural (cochlea or auditory nerve damage) and conductive (blockage) hearing loss; where both types of hearing loss are present you may be diagnosed as having mixed hearing loss. Hearing loss can take time for the individual to adjust to but once new routines and lifestyle choices are made a fully active life can be maintained.
Also: Hearing loss or impairment
Possible Effects on Lifestyle
Some potential problems experienced by individuals who are deafness include:
Medications and Treatments
Further Reading and Research
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1. I am deaf and want to speak with someone to get advice. Can you offer that?
Hi, this is something that we can definitely help you with. We pride ourselves on treating our customers fairly and we will arrange a communication structure that will suit you best. Honestly, bar some basics, there is no-one in our organisation that is fluent in BSL. We are happy to speak with you via email, instant messaging, or by lip-reading through video communications. We can also arrange for you to speak with someone using BSL, so that you can feel fully supported through the insurance journey. If you decide not to use our services, please make sure that you use a broker that is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (like we are!), so that you know you are being properly looked after.
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