If you wear hearing aids, you'll know that getting used to them takes time. Our Hear to Help support often makes the difference between someone persevering or giving up and missing out on conversations with their friends, families and colleagues.
That’s why our volunteers and service users in Ayrshire and Arran backed our #SaveHearToHelp campaign to stop the closure of our popular community-based hearing aid support service in March 2016.
The health and social care authorities in North, East and South Ayrshire finally took on board an evaluation of Hear to Help (submitted in April 2015), and agreed to provide funding for the service to continue for at least six months from 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016. Since then, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership agreed to provide a further six months funding until 30th June 2017.
Hear to Help provides free support for more than 3,000 people with hearing loss at monthly drop-in sessions in local libraries or community venues and at home visits to elderly people living in nursing and care homes or sheltered housing.
Our Hear to Help volunteers are trained to clean ear moulds and replace tubing and batteries. They provide locally-delivered support that benefits many people including older people who are less mobile. Without it, people with hearing loss on Arran would have to take a ferry to get to the nearest hospital for hearing aid support.