What does living well with hearing loss mean to you?
Posted on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
by Tony Kinson
Susannah Sconce, Public Affairs Officer for Action on Hearing Loss explains how and why it is important for you to influence the party political conferences this year.
Share your experiences and let politicians know what is working – and what needs to improve. Find out how to join the conversation….
We’re urging you to take control of the conversation
At this year's party conferences, we're urging you to take control of the conversation with politicians by directly sharing your experiences of living well with hearing loss via tweets. If you’re unsure of how to tweet, Twitter have produced a handy guide.
Getting the right support
Getting the right support to live well with hearing loss is the topic of a special fringe meeting we are hosting at this year's political party conferences. We'll be showing a live Twitter feed at all three meetings so that your voice is heard by the politicians and policy makers in the room. We want as many of you as possible to join in the conversation.
Finding the right support
We know that when you have hearing loss, getting the right support at the right time can make all the difference. Whether it's finding a lipreading class in your local area, being told about a drop-in clinic for hearing aid repairs, or receiving information about Access to Work – all this can ensure that you aren't held back by your hearing loss. Use our web of care to see how we helped one person access support.
We want politicians to hear directly from you
We want politicians to hear directly from you. Have you ever felt that you didn't know where to turn for information? Or that you weren't sure what support you were entitled to at work or at home? At the moment people with hearing loss aren't always being given the right information at the right time, or accessing the services they need. We want to make sure that people with hearing loss are getting the world class on-going aftercare they deserve.
Sharing your experiences will let politicians know what's working – and what needs to change. Most importantly you can show that hearing loss is more than just a health condition, and that being supported to live well with hearing loss means different things to everyone.
To share your comments during the fringe meetings use the hashtag #livingwell2012 and let us know what needs to change.
If you can't join in on the day, we’ll do our best to broadcast as many tweets and comments at the meetings as possible.