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Ann delivers hearing awareness training to NHS staff

The Hearing Link Scotland team was delighted to provide Hearing Awareness training to NHS Fife frontline staff recently.

Our wonderful volunteer Ann Thallon shared her own personal experiences of living with hearing loss and of accessing NHS services in Fife.

The session, held in Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, aimed to give staff members an understanding of the challenges faced by people with hearing loss, as well as providing them with strategies and tips for supporting these patients.

Lorna Armstrong, Scotland Director, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon in Kirkcaldy and we had lots of positive feedback from our group, which is very pleasing as it was a pilot session. By sharing her own experiences, Ann was able to highlight the challenges in her own patient journey in Fife, but also gave examples of good practice that the attendees could adopt in their own working practices. We are looking forward to delivering our next session in early summer.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about our Hearing Awareness Training, email for details.

LinkUp groups 2019
LinkUp groups 2019
Don't forget that we have a full programme of LinkUp groups taking place in every country of the UK in 2019.

If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from attending, register your interest on our website - we would love to hear from you.

2019 confirmed dates and locations:
  • 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
WHO launches free app to test hearing 

As part of its campaign to mark World Hearing Day this month (3rd March), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new free app called hearWHO which allows people to check their hearing. 

It will give the general public access to a hearing screener to check their hearing status and monitor it over time. The easy to use app clearly displays the users’ results and keeps a personalized track record of their hearing status over time.

The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, is especially recommended for those who commonly listen to loud music over personal audio devices. It can also be used by health workers to screen people in the community for hearing loss and refer them for diagnostic testing if they fail the screening.

If you or someone you love needs support for hearing loss, please contact our Helpdesk.

Top March offer!
Keith meets Blue Peter presenter at Crufts
Volunteer Keith with Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya

Hearing Link volunteers joined our friends from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People at the wonderful event Crufts recently.

It was an opportunity to raise awareness of the work of both charities at this national event.

Our volunteer Keith Corbett also brushed shoulders with celebrities, meeting Blue Peter  TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya (pictured) who was presenting at the show.

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall to find out more about the work of both charities

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Motorway thoughts about Hearing Link
Motorway thoughts about Hearing Link
Volunteer John Newton blogs about his journey to meet the Shropshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum. Read his blog.
Lisburn Hard of Hearing Group
Hearing loss group calls for new members
The Lisburn Hard of Hearing Group in Northern Ireland is looking new members of all ages to join them. Find out more