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Free living with hearing loss session

17 May 2017

Health Care

Have you or a relative recently had an NHS hearing aid fitted? If so, a new informative free session about making the most of your hearing aid could be for you.

Run in partnership with Southend University Hospital, HearAbility Essex and Essex Fire Service, the next session of 'All Ears - Living with Hearing Loss' takes places on Monday 22 May at the hospital's Education Centre.

Julie Leggett, Outreach Worker for HearAbility Essex said: "Those attending this informal session will be able to find out more about common issues with hearing aids, adapting to wearing them, managing hearing loss, communication tips, as well as important fire and safety advice."

Friendly and informal the sessions are full of lots of practical advice and tips, as well as demonstrating what devices are available today for people with hearing loss.

Also speaking at the event will be Paul Pemberton from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS), who is also a Watch Manager A, Impairment & Disability Officer.

He said: "I present to the attendees how Essex County Fire and Rescue Service can assist those with hearing loss with our service and equipment, reducing the risk of fire in their homes. To have an intervention opportunity such as the All Ears Events, raising awareness for people with hearing loss, is a real benefit.

"We offer a free Home Safety Visit service to every resident in Essex. ECFRS offer guidance and advice to the recipient during the visit, to reduce hazards and fire risks in their home. Part of that visit offer includes the fitting of free smoke alarms to residents that have no smoke alarm provision or smoke alarms that are not working. There is also a sensory alarm available that vibrates and has a flashing strobe light for people unable to be alerted from a standard smoke alarm's high pitch frequency."

The first event, held in February, was a big success with lots of attendees commenting how useful they found the talks. Senior Audiologist at Southend University Hospital, Alison Dromgoole, said: "This session is a great way to enhance the benefits our users get from their hearing aids by providing information and advice as well as an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation."

As well as free tea and coffee there will be lots of other helpful information available.

Places are limited so need to be booked in advance by calling 01245 496347, texting 07950 406173 or emailing help@hearinghelpessex.org.uk