Sensory Impairment Hereford project
My name is Alex Gerrard and my role at Deaf direct is Equipment Officer / Adviser.
I am now based at our Hereford office in the Vision Links building, covering the drop-in centre every Wednesday. Clients can come in with queries and advice on equipment, including try-before-you-buy telephones. This drop-in service has been getting busier with an average of 6 -8 clients coming every week to try out equipment.
When I am not at the office I travel all over Herefordshire visiting clients in their homes using the Deaf Direct van. I assess their needs and install different types of sensory equipment from neckloops to personal listeners, doorbells and specialist alerters for people with a hearing loss or who are profoundly deaf. I am even getting recognised by previous clients, whom I have visited in the past, asking me for advice with telephones and other equipment. You might even have seen me out and about in the new Deaf Direct van.
I have come across some new equipment that has been released in the last few weeks so I was keen to try out a new device, The Minitech Pro personal listener. The new Echo Minitech Pro has been improved for someone with a visual impairment and/or a hearing loss. It has easy access to a quick volume control to change brightness, colour, and volume. It even has tactile dots for visual impairment. It can be used with neckloops, headset and headphones and also has a T switch for transmitting sound to an existing loop system for example in churches, theatres, banks, and more. Most importantly the quality of the sound is clear with either an extended microphone lead for the TV or radio. I have been trying the Minitech Pro out at home listening to the TV with a neckloop and I don’t have to have my TV volume turned up loud, so everyone is happy The Minitech pro looks stylish and feels comfortable easy to use.
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