Designing for the Deaf

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Based on the World Health Organisation, around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss and the numbers are estimated to grow by 2050 with over 900 million people. The interior design demands for hearing loss is not as observable as spaces for blindness or mobility reduction. The requirements are more subtle when it comes to designing for the deaf. Although, there are several ways to enhance the experience for them. For this segment, our team would like to share with you our knowledge for designing for those that are deaf.

Here are some interesting design elements worth considering:
  1. A door: Firstly, sign language is used as the main form of communication for those who are deaf. If you need to open a door with your hands then this stops the conversation.
  2. Kitchens: Many kitchen designs these days face a wall of the buildings. However, this simple design choice creates difficulty for the deaf to communicate with other people. This is because for someone to understand sign language, they need to be looking at you.
  3. Furniture placement: To improve the line of sight for a group of people the best placement is in a circle around a coffee table. This makes it easier to sign language conversations
  4. Wall corners: Our ears subconsciously warn us with what’s approaching around a corner. However, those with hearing impairments may not be able to achieve the same level of awareness. Curve walls or glass corner junctions can help assist.

Sign Language for the deaf

Improving the design of your medical practice should not be overwhelming and stressful. So, if you want to find out if the interiors of your hospital or clinic are comfortable for all visitors, even for the hearing impaired, do not hesitate to send contact our team at Interite Healthcare Interiors here. Or, you can view our past design projects to explore more what we do.

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