May 16, 2015
The sticker to tell that the user is hearing loss.It can be put in a nameplate when to use.
Oita-shi, Oita Prefecture:
The Oita Prefecture Association of the Hard of Hearing in Japan's southern island has begun to distribute the special sticker which tells the surrounding people that the user is hearing-impaired and sign language/ writing is needed for communication/information.
Such as not hearing a warning and guidance at a shelter at the time of a disaster, disadvantage is easy to put on a person with hearing loss who cannot be distinguished by the appearance. Putting on the sticker will get help at once.
The sticker is purchased in bulk from a non-profit organization in Tokyo which manufactured it taking the Great Eastern Earthquake in 2011 as an opportunity. The sticker has been distributed to a person with hearing loss in the prefecture for free of charge through the city office.
The hearing-impaired person who always puts on the special sticker explained, "A shop assistant prepares a pencil and paper at a department store, a nurse speaks by sign language at a hospital. In daily life the sticker has the immediate effect".