|On Tuesday 12th April 2016 I attended a Deaf Awareness training session at Worcestershire Royal Hospital Audiology department. Deaf Direct were invited by the staff to take part in their training. Dr Lorraine Gailey from the national organisation Hearing Links delivered the training. It was a privilege to be included in this valuable training session.
Lorraine spoke effectively about how communication barriers have an emotional impact on people with a hearing loss, and their families and friends around them. She spoke about hearing loss for the general UK population, and I was able to contribute information about the services that Deaf Direct offer locally for people with a hearing loss.
It is essential for statutory and voluntary organisations to work together in order to offer people an holistic service.
I mentioned to the group that we have an equipment display and try before you buy service; this allows hard of hearing people to play with the equipment and identify what suits their particular hearing loss.
Lorraine spoke about the social isolation that can be experienced by people with a hearing loss. In partnership with Age UK, Deaf Direct are delivering a pilot project in Worcestershire called ‘Reconnections’ that seeks to address this. We also have informal Hard of Hearing support groups to help manage the daily issues of communication and relationships, and lip reading classes to develop skills for communication.
Lorraine had everyone experience a simulated hearing loss exercise, which was a real eye opener! I found my coping strategies and ability to engage with people were really challenged.
It was a privilege to be part of the training from Hearing Links, and thank you to the Audiology staff for inviting me and making me feel so welcome.
Deaf Direct also provide Deaf Awareness Training. Please contact us if your workplace would be interested in a bespoke training session to raise awareness of issues and upskill your team.
Did you know? There are approximately 11 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK! That’s one in six of the population. (source: Action on Hearing Loss, 2015)