The MSP found out about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hear to Inform and Connect service, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, during a visit to an information event in Portlethen Library.
The charity is reaching out to encourage older people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to get their hearing checked and use a range of support to minimise the impact of hearing loss in everyday life.
Maureen Watt MSP said: "Action on Hearing Loss Scotland tell me that people wait, on average, 10 years from the point that they first notice hearing difficulties before going for a hearing test.
I’m pleased to back the charity’s call on people aged 50 or over to get their hearing tested as soon as they start struggling to follow conversations because the digital hearing aids and modern technology, such as amplified phones or personal listeners, these days can help many to hear more clearly and stay connected with family, friends and neighbours.
I encourage community and social groups throughout Aberdeen South and North Kincardine to contact Action on Hearing Loss Scotland for free information talks to help raise awareness about the signs of hearing loss, how hearing aids and assistive equipment can help and the best ways to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing."
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Rhona Campbell said: "We appreciate Maureen Watt MSP’s support for our Hear to Inform and Connect service.
We would like to engage with as many local community and social groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as possible to reach older residents and provide reassurance that getting your hearing checked really is a straight forward process and highlight how hearing aids can bring great benefits for people who have their deafness diagnosed as early as possible."
For more information about the service, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone/text: 07388 227407.