Hear’s a way to get some support

Hearing loss
Hearing loss

RESIDENTS with hearing problems are being offered help and support by a charity celebrating its centenary year.

Action on Hearing Loss, previously known as RNID, are inviting NHS hearing aid users to drop into the ‘Hear to Help’ meetings at Kilsyth Road Sheltered Housing, in Kirkintilloch, on the second Monday of every month between 10am and noon.

Trained volunteers, some of whom have hearing loss themselves, will be on hand to give tips on how to maintain and adjust hearing aids, as well as giving advice on equipment that can make life easier in the workplace and at home.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod recently joined the charity’s 100th birthday celebrations and went along to the local drop-in meeting.

She said: “Having projects like Hear to Help in the area not only means local people can have their hearing aids checked, but also provides a social link for people who are hard of hearing or have tinnitus.

“I know that hearing loss can be isolating, but this project creates an important link in breaking down those barriers.”

Shabnum Mustapha, Action on Hearing Loss communication and campaigns manager, added: “Many people with hearing loss feel that they are on their own, but the feedback we have had is that Hear to Help has provided support and an opportunity to meet others with hearing loss and tinnitus.”

For more information go to www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk, contact the information line on 0808 808 0123 or 0808 808 9000 (textphone). Alternatively, you can e-mail informationline@hearingloss.org.uk