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      Help is at hand for veterans living with sensory loss

      26 November 2019

      Our Hearing Forces service will be joining partners in the Unforgotten Forces consortium at an event to support older veterans in Ayrshire.

      Poppyscotland’s Welfare Centre in Kilmarnock will open its doors to the local Armed Forces community in the Ayrshire on Wednesday 4th December from 10.30am-4pm to highlight the range of support available to those living with sensory loss – including from Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and Scottish War Blinded.

      David Cooke, Poppyscotland Welfare Services Manager in Kilmarnock, said: “We are asking all members of the Armed Forces community to come down to the centre next week so that they can speak with providers in a welcoming and relaxed environment in order to boost their knowledge and understanding of the range of sensory loss supports available locally and how to access them.

      “Our studies have shown that around one in six ex-Service personnel suffer from some kind of sensory loss, which is why this open day is so important. Serious instances of hearing and sight loss impact significantly on an individual’s life, both physically and psychologically.”

      Teri Devine, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “We look forward to joining up with partners to support older veterans in Ayrshire who have questions or concerns about hearing loss. We are also able to offer hearing aid support to veterans with NHS hearing aids. We want, especially in the run up to Christmas, to ensure that veterans get the most from their hearing aids and are able to hear more clearly and follow conversations with friends, family and neighbours.”

      Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Poppyscotland telephone: 01563 598 000 or email
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