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Hear To Help - 04:52 pm, Thu 13th Oct 2011

Last week I visited a “Hear To Help” drop-in session in Harwood Library. The session was run by Action On Hearing Loss to see the work of the charity’s volunteers. They provide free one-to-one support to local residents who are having difficulty getting the best performance from their hearing aids.

I was surprised to learn that it can take as long as 10 years for someone to take action over hearing loss and that many who are fitted with hearing aids quickly put them to one side as they struggle to adjust.

It was clear that the service provided by “Hear To Help” is very much needed and appreciated. Volunteers, Jane Lim and Lesley Baxter, gave tips on how to replace tubing and batteries as well as adjusting hearing aids so that they are more comfortable and provide a better quality of sound. This basic support can often make the difference between someone persevering with their hearing aids or giving up and leaving them in a drawer.

Hear to Help session

It was also good to hear that Action On Hearing Loss have launched a new online hearing check. People can go online and take this simple test to see if there are any problems you may want to see your doctor about. You can visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/check or call 0844 800 3838.

I certainly learned a lot from this visit. People with hearing loss can face many difficulties but there are often simple solutions that can make a huge difference.

If you have a hearing aid and have any questions or problems then I would recommend visiting a “Hear to Help” drop-in session near you. Details of future sessions are below.

The drop-in sessions are organised by Action on Hearing Loss in partnership with Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The project, which is funded by The Co-operative, runs nine drop-in sessions:

  • Sensory Centre, Chorley Street, 9.30am – 12noon every Thursday
  • BCOM (Bolton Community of Mosques), Cannon Street, Daubhill, 10am-11.30am on the first Tuesday of every month
  • Jubilee House (opposite Moor Lane bus station), 1pm-2.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month
  • Harwood Library, 2pm-4pm on the first Thursday of every month
  • Hulton Lane Community Centre, Deane, Hulton Lane, 10am-12noon on the first Friday of every month
  • St Ethelbert’s Church, Hawthorne Road, Deane, 9.30am-11am on the second Tuesday of every month
  • Avondale Health Centre, Shepherds Cross Street, 2pm-4pm on the second Thursday of every month
  • Breightmet Library, Breightmet Fold Lane, 10am-12noon on the third Tuesday of every month
  • Horwich Clinic, Jones Street, 2pm-4pm on the third Thursday of every month

For information about the sessions, contact Julie at julie.crowther@hearingloss.org.uk or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/HearToHelp

Hear To Help

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