During the visit, Dr Whitford met with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hear to Help volunteers, Shona Welsh and Duncan Wiseman, who cleaned and re-tubed NHS hearing aids to ensure that 23 people did not need to travel to hospital.
The volunteers, who have been trained by NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s audiology department, also provided new hearing aid batteries and a range of information about assistive equipment such as amplified phones, TV listeners and vibrating / flashing alarms, which can make everyday life easier for people with hearing loss.
Speaking after the visit, Dr Philippa Whitford MP said: “It was really interesting to see the services Shona and Duncan are able to provide in the community. Being able to pop into a local venue and have someone clean and re-tube your NHS hearing aids can save people the time and expense of traveling to hospital, and is particular useful for people whose sight or dexterity is not too good.
“Hearing loss can be very isolating and loneliness can have a huge impact on a person’s health and well-being, so it is reassuring to know that help is at hand thanks to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s friendly and dedicated volunteers.”
Hear to Help Coordinator, Donna McSwiggan, said: “We were delighted to welcome Dr Philippa Whitford MP to our monthly Hear to Help drop-in in Prestwick Library and greatly appreciate her recognition of the convenient, patient and effective service offered by our wonderful volunteers.”
Hear to Help will run the following drop-in session across Central Ayrshire in September:
• Troon Library, Tuesday 5th September, 2pm - 4pm
• Prestwick Library, Monday 18th September, 10am - 12noon
• Dundonald Pharmacy, Friday 29th September, 2pm - 3pm
For information about Hear to Help, telephone: 07391 017781 or email: email@example.com