The audience for captioning
One in six people in the UK have some level of deafness (according to Action on Hearing Loss), which adds up to approximately 11 million people.
Deafness is often something that is experienced as people get older, so more than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds have some form of hearing loss.
Many would struggle to understand a play without support, and if they use subtitles while watching television at home, it’s likely they’ll enjoy captioning, which is the equivalent in theatre.
As well as using captioning, deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people may choose to use amplification through a loop system or headphones to hear the sound in a play.
Around 70,000 people in the UK use British Sign Language as their first or preferred language. Many BSL users enjoy watching plays with captions, however there are also BSL interpreted plays that cater for Deaf people who prefer to watch plays through sign language interpretation.
- One in six people have some level of deafness
- 40% of people over 50, and 70% of those over 70, have a degree of hearing loss
- If a person has found subtitles useful when watching TV, captioning would be perfect for them
- There are approximately 11 million people in the UK who could benefit from captioning