During the Councillors’ visit to a Hear to Help drop-in session in VisionPK at 14 New Row, Perth, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s volunteers, who have been trained by NHS audiology, cleaned and re-tubed NHS hearing aids to ensure that 23 people did not need to travel to hospital.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland volunteer from Letham, Joyce Wood, who uses hearing aids herself, said: “I was delighted to speak with Councillors Ahern and Drysdale about the importance of local support being provided for people who need their NHS hearing aids cleaned or re-tubed.
“Hear to Help volunteers also inform people about equipment such as TV listeners or amplified telephones which can make everyday life easier – it’s a service which many local older people with hearing loss depend on.”
Councillor Chris Ahern said: “It was great seeing how the experienced volunteers clean and re-tube NHS hearing aids so that people could continue, or begin, to follow conversations with their family, friends and neighbours.
“Hear to Help is a wonderful service which is helping especially older people in communities across Perth & Kinross who have mobility difficulties and may struggle to travel to hospital.”
Councillor Eric Drysdale said: “I encourage everyone in Perth & Kinross who needs support to get the best use of their NHS hearing aids to contact Hear to Help and learn from the volunteers about how you can adjust the settings and make them more comfortable to wear.
“The service is clearly making a huge difference for local people with hearing loss whilst, at the same time, ensuring that hospital-based NHS audiology staff can focus their resources on diagnosing hearing loss as well as programming and fitting hearing aids for those who could benefit from using them.”
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