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CHARITY SETS UP A DROP IN FACILITY TO PROVIDE HEARING AID SUPPORT AND INFORMATION ON HEARING LOSS

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 14, 2013

Sue Harper & Celia Jarrett

Sue Harper & Celia Jarrett

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ACTION on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is working in partnership with Community Hearingcare services to provide their patients with tubing and free batteries.

 

At its first session Leek residents were offered free tea and coffee and the opportunity to talk about their hearing loss.

Initial hearing screening was carried out without the need for an appointment.

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The project helps visitors to carry out basic maintenance on their hearing aid, such as replacing tubing and batteries, as well as providing advice on equipment that can make life easier in the workplace and at home.

Community Support Worker for Action on Hearing Loss, Sue Harper, says: "Around 50% of people between the ages of 60 and 80 are deaf or hard of hearing.

"There is strong evidence to show that people with mild hearing loss have nearly twice the chance of going on to develop dementia as people without a hearing loss.

"This is an excellent opportunity to attend an event, have an initial hearing screening and learn what treatment is available free of charge.

"If you are a hearing aid user already you can find out how to get the best from your aid."

The drop in sessions will be held at Trinity Church, Derby Street, Leek ST13 5JF every second Tuesday of the month between 10am and 11.30am.

The next one on the 10 September.

For information, contact Sue on telephone: 07767 117141, e-mail: Susan.Harper@hearingloss.org.uk or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk 

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