Hearing Loss Support volunteers provide information, advice and practical support to all hearing aid users in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
Our volunteers are trained by NHS Audiology Service and as most of them are hearing aid wearers themselves they know from personal experience about adjusting to a hearing impairment.
Our Volunteers can spend as much time as is needed to ensure people know how to make best use of their hearing aids in all sorts of everyday situations. We can offer this support through:
- Home visits - someone will come and see you in your own home
- Residential and Care home visits- to provide help to individual residents
- The See Hear Van - which visits towns & villages across the county
- Drop In Clinics around the county
- Effective Hearing Programmes
If you would like to find out more please contact us on: 01743 342168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearing Aid Repair Clinicsmore
If you need help with your hearing aid, and you have obtained your aid through the hospital audiology service, you can attend one of their community clinics across the county. Please click here for details.
All appointments must be booked in advance unless it is a designated drop-in clinic for hearing aid repairs and maintenance.
In addition Shropshire RCC facilitate a number of volunteer led drop-clinics around the county:
Church Stretton: Mayfair Centre on the 1st Friday of the month from 10-12
Bridgnorth: Hospital League of Friends Café on the 3rd Thursday from 10-12
Oswestry: Library on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 10-12
Ludlow: Helena Lane 2nd Monday of the month from 10-12.
Shrewsbury: Louise House, Meole Brace, from 10-12 on the following Tuesdays in 2017: 8th Aug, 7th Nov.
Ford: West View Sheltered Housing on Butt Lane, from 10-12 on the following dates in 2017: 7th Sept, 7th Dec.
Craven Arms: Community Room, Lambeth Close from 10-12 on the following dates in 2017: 4th September, 4th December
Bishops's Castle : Hospital from 1.30 - 3.30 Mondays on the following dates in 2017: 10th July, 11th September. This clinic is for peer support and information only.
See Hear van at various sites and dates across the county including Shrewsbury, Wem and Telford. Click here for details.
Drop-in clinics are suitable for people who need to have their earmould retubed, simple hearing aid repairs or batteries. If there are multiple or more complex issues then we advise you contact NHS Audiology for an appointment.
Effective Hearing Programmes more
The Effective Hearing Programme will help you make the most of wearing your hearing aid. Everyone in Shropshire who uses a NHS hearing aid is offered a free place on this informal and friendly course. The course covers: how the ear works; adjusting to your hearing aid: care and maintenance of your hearing aid; demonstration of useful equipment such as loops and telephones; explains about services available; tinnitus and coping strategies; communication tips for day to day situations; access to work and useful resources and organisations. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend as the course will also be very relevant to them. All our EHP tutors have personal experience of hearing loss.
The programme runs from 9.30 am to 1 pm and you will need to attend the whole session The course is FREE to attend and complimentary drinks are provided. If you would like to attend one of these courses, please use the application form below to book a place, telephone 01743 342168 or email: email@example.com
Forthcoming Effective Hearing Programme events include:
September 27th: OSWESTRY
October 25th: BRIDGNORTH
November 9th: MARKET DRAYTON
November 29th: NEWPORT
January 12th: SHREWSBURY
February 7th: WHITCHURCH
February 21st: TELFORD
March 21st: LUDLOW
People that have been on the course said ....
"Very good course, very informative and well run."
"A very informative and useful day. Thank you very much indeed."
"Enjoyed the day, especially the interaction with others having similar problems."
Hard of Hearing Groups more
These groups enable people with hearing impairment to meet others and share experiences. They provide much needed information and support on all aspects of hearing loss within a relaxed group setting. They also arrange speakers and outings throughout the year.
Groups meet in:
Ludlow - First Monday of the month
Market Drayton - First Monday of the month
Shrewsbury - Second Monday of the month
Telford - First Tuesday of the month
Whitchurch - First Tuesday of the month
Please contact us on 01743 342168 for more information.
There are a number of roles available to volunteers with our Hearing Loss Support service. These include visiting people in their own homes or in care homes to provide support and help to enable people to feel confident in using their hearing aids. Some people need regular visits to be able to maintain the effective use of their aids.
Volunteers also help at NHS repair clinics and on the See Hear van around the county.
Volunteers receive full training and support through NHS Audiology and Shropshire RCC and are often hearing aid users themselves.
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with us please ring 01743 342168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Action on Hearing Loss: http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
NHS Shrewsbury and Telford Audiology Services: http://www.sath.nhs.uk/services/audiology/default.aspx
Shropshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum: http://www.shropshiredeafandhardofhearing.org.uk/
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People: http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/
Sensory Impairment information, Telford & Wrekin: http://telford.mylifeportal.co.uk/sensory_impairments.aspx
Sensory Impairment information, Shropshire: http://shropshire.gov.uk/disability-information/sensory-impairment/
Signal Hub based in Shrewsbury, Signal works to empower deaf people and people with hearing loss both in the UK and overseas: http://hub.signal.org.uk/
Shropshire Disability Network http://shropshire-disability.net/
Webpage last updated September 2017