"I have a disability and I work hard, just like everybody else. "

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948. With a long history of addressing the rights of human, including humans with disabilities, the United Nations recognize the need to remove social, environmental, attitudinal and cultural barriers to ensure that everyone can enjoy and exercise their human rights.

“I have a disability and I work hard, just like everybody else. I don’t let people treat me differently because of my disability,” said Florence, a member of the Maasai people of southern Kenya.

Florence is a mother of four who overcomes her disabilities to take care of house and home, as well as being one of the subjects of “Fifteen Percent”, an exhibition of photographs by Italian photographer Christian Tasso. Since 2015, Tasso has travelled the world photographing people with disabilities in an effort to “raise awareness and understanding that our communities are ever enriched by the diversity of its members, be they persons with disabilities, women, youth, older person, and all other groups.”

For further information on the artist, please see his portfolio at: http://www.christiantasso.com/fifteenpercentpublications

Here at Signia (A brand housed under Sivantos Group), we recognize the impact our activities have on society, and strive to contribute. From raising funds for multiple sclerosis to sponsorship programs, we engage in a broad scope of activities driven by our passion and dedication to give back. You can read more about our efforts and activities here: https://www.sivantos.com/societal-impact/

An Invisible Disability

Hearing loss is often referred to as an “invisible disability” that individuals try to conceal from others. Often stigma associated with hearing loss can be a big obstacle for individuals who are afraid to take the next step due to negative stereotypes and prejudices against disabilities.

“They are old”, “less intelligent”, “mentally ill”, or “they only hear what they want to hear”; these are statements often tossed around when people who suffer from hearing loss often hear. Many hearing impaired people avoid talking openly about their hearing problem because they are fearful of other people’s reaction.

Shari Eberts, a hearing loss advocate and the founder of LivingwithHearingLoss.com spent 10 years in denial about her own genetic hearing loss, and another 10 years hiding her hearing aid before coming to terms and being bold and started advocating for hearing loss.

She is not the only that found it hard, or will find it hard to come to terms with the idea of wearing hearing aids. Industry studies show that it normally takes about 7 years before an individual will acknowledge their hearing loss and take the next steps.

Hearing loss is not something simply to be endured. You can – and should – do something about it. Test your hearing today with our hearing care partners.