Eastbourne hearing aid user Walter stars on BBC Breakfast TV

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Former Eastbourne doctor, Walter Wigfield, will be starring on BBC Breakfast TV tomorrow (Friday) to promote the use of hearing loops in the town.

Walter, who lives in Willingdon Trees, was filmed by a BBC crew at the weekend as part of a film being made about the campaign, Let’s Loop Eastbourne.

Walter, who uses a hearing aid, is among a number of volunteer auditors empoloyed by the Sovereign Harbour-based charity Hearing Link who carry out audits of businesses and public buildings in the town to check on the quality of their installed hearing loops.

The broadcast coincides just a few weeks before the International Hearing Loop Conference which takes place at the Winter Gardens on October 6 and 7. Delegates from around the world hearing will hear about the strides Eastbourne has made to become the best looped town in the UK. The conference is being organised by Hearing Link.

Walter was among a number of people interviewed for the film, including Eastbourne Theatres’ manager, Gavin Davis, who talked about the new loop system which has been installed at the Devonshire Park Theatre. Eastbourne councillor and disabilty champion, Janet Coles, along with Lorraine Gailey, Hearing Link’s chief executive, and 21-year-old hearing aid user, Rebecca Dunnell, were also interviewed for the programme.

The film is due to be aired at 6.20am, 7.20am and 8.20am on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning.

In the run-up to the conference, the Devonshire Park Theatre will be inviting hearing aid users and their families to hear for themselves the impressive new loop system.

A free event called “Hear This!” will be taking place on Sunday, September 29 at the theatre in Compton Street

Artists from the Eastbourne Stagers will be performing excerpts from their show “The Wizard of Oz”. There will also be talks from hearing aid and hearing loop specialists. Among them will be audiologist Pauline Jenkins from the Park Practice who will explain about the benefits of hearing loops and will help hearing aid users to find the T-coil settings.

For more details about the show, which starts at 5.30pm, with doors opening at 5pm, contact: 0300 111 1113