2:19pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
MORE and better hearing loops are needed in public places across the UK to help improve the accessibility of facilities and services for people with hearing loss.
To help address this issue our charity is hosting an International Hearing Loop Conference on October 6 and 7.
We hope that local people in your area will consider attending. The two-day event is being held in the beautiful coastal town of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which may be some distance away but this is an extraordinary opportunity. The event is for hearing aid and cochlear implant users, as well as groups, clubs and organisations that could potentially help us to carry out an audit of hearing loops in your local area.
A variety of professionals and experts will also be at the conference, as well as service providers. Find out more at hearinglink.org/loopconference Hearing loops have been around for some years but they have often been poorly installed or inadequately maintained.
This has resulted in people trying to use them having poor experiences. Frustratingly, the issues are usually easy to fix.
Hearing loops are installed into buildings or used in portable form to direct sound and speech directly into hearing aids and cochlear implants. They can be used in shops, banks, care homes, theatres, places of worship and many other places.
This is the first time the conference has been held in the UK and it is undoubtedly the last for many years to come.
People shouldn’t be concerned that they won’t hear the discussions as we will have good communications support in place, including a hearing loop and large screens to display a text transcript.
DR LORRAINE GAILEY Chief Executive of Hearing Link
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