Friday, 10 June 2011

New drop in service for the hearing impaired


Hear to Help - Jemmalea Patel, community support officer for the project with
Ruth Beer, Regional Information Officer for Action on Hearing Loss
Heartlands Hospital’s ‘Hear to Help’ project is to launch a new community drop in service for those with hearing difficulties in Birmingham.

The service is set to open in July within the East Birmingham area and will provide residents with information and advice on how to get the best performance from their hearing aids and improve communication with family and friends.

Gary Norman, clinical scientist at Heartlands hearing centre, said “The Hear to Help project aims to support those with hearing loss, as many people can feel lonely and isolated. This new service will mean they can have access to information, advice and support within their own community.”

Jemmalea Patel, community support officer, said “Along with the service in the East Birmingham area we also hope to run the service in North Birmingham in the near future and are looking for enthusiastic people, who may have hearing loss themselves, to volunteer.”

The Hear to Help project, funded by the Co-operative charity, is for hearing aid users in East and North Birmingham and is run in partnership with RNID-Action on hearing loss and the audiology department of Heart of England Foundation Trust.

If you would like to become a trained Hear to Help volunteer please contact Jemmalea Patel, community support officer at Jemmalea.patel@rnid.org.uk or 0121-450-8980.

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