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Welcome to your February update from Hearing Link - we hope you enjoy our stories.  Please feel free to forward this onto your family, friends or colleagues.

If you would like to contribute any stories, news or information for a future update, please email our Communications team
 
Successful new LinkUp group format rolled out in 2019
LinkUp groups

Our LinkUp group experiences in 2018 proved to be positive and life changing for participants.

The weekend, residential format gave people a really good chance to get to know each other well and to gain the right support in a safe environment. We delivered six groups across all areas of the UK to over 70 people affected by hearing loss, including family members and friends.

This is what one hearing participant said: “An excellent opportunity to meet with like minded people and be part of my friends journey. The event has given me a better understanding of how people cope with hearing loss!”

Another participant said the “Personal stories really resonated” and also expressed her relief that the weekend “Covered everything I wanted, whilst feeling relaxed and not too regimented”.

If you are ready to explore the challenges of living with hearing loss, or know someone who is, register your interest in attending a LinkUp group here. Places fill up fast, so please get into touch as soon as possible:

Confirmed LinkUp dates so far for 2019:

  • North Wales: 22nd – 24th February
  • Glasgow: 22nd – 24th March
  • Northern Ireland: 12th – 14th April
  • Buckinghamshire (The Grange): 17th – 19th May
  • South Wales: 21st – 23rd June
  • York (Beatrice Wright Centre): 19th – 21st July
  • Edinburgh: 27th - 29th September
 
Communication card, lanyard and plastic wallet
 
Tinnitus Awareness Week 2019

Monday (4th February) marks the start of Tinnitus Awareness Week 2019.

Organised by the British Tinnitus Association , the week which runs until 10th February aims to raise awareness of tinnitus and the impact it can have on day-to-day life. 

Events will be taking place across the country, to find out more, visit: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/Blogs/news/tinnitus-week-2019

If you are looking for more information about mangaging symptoms of tinnitus, head over to our website at: https://www.hearinglink.org/your-hearing/tinnitus/

Alternatively, contact our Helpdesk for support by emailing helpdesk@hearinglink.org or Tel/Text: 07526 123255.
 
Ann flies Hearing Link flag at awareness day

Hearing Link volunteer Ann Thallon joined other groups and organisations at a recent hearing awareness day in Kirkcaldy.

Organised by the Royal Victoria Hospital, it was a chance to make others aware of the support and services offered by Hearing Link, and to answer general questions about hearing and hearing loss.

If you would like Hearing Link to attend one of your events, please email enquiries@hearinglink.org

 
Pass the mic! 
Volunteer Mel and James
We recently held our final volunteer training event of 2018 in Edinburgh looking at Media & PR.

Volunteers Mel and James share their adventures about travelling to and taking part in this event. Read their full story on our website.