It’s time to liberate your hearing aid by getting it out of the dusty drawer or the tiny box hidden on a high shelf!
The Eastbourne-based charity Hearing Link is encouraging people with hearing loss to turn up to an open day being held at the Asda store in The Crumbles, Sovereign Harbour, on February 12.
Running from 10am to 4pm in the store’s community room, the day, titled “Liberate Your Hearing Aid”, will feature information and advice about hearing aids and hearing loss in general.
The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre will be there with their Community Learning and Information Vehicle, affectionately known as Clive. Audiologist Pauline Jenkins will be on hand to help hearing aid wearers get the best use of their hearing aids, including how hearing loops can enhance people’s lives.
Thanks to the help of Contacta, the room will be set up for a hearing loop, where visitors will be able to see how a looped television works, and even try out the Asda check-outs which are configured for the hard of hearing. There will be information stands featuring a variety of organisations including Age Concern, Hearing Link, Eastbourne Access Group and the Eastbourne Seniors’ Forum.
It is a free event, when there will be various short presentations during the day about a variety of subjects to do with hearing loss.
Richard Carter, Asda Eastbourne’s deputy manager said, “We have been participating in the loop scheme now for many years and the feedback from our customers is fantastic. We have hearing loops situated across all our checkouts and at all the counters in the store, including the pharmacy and opticians. These loops enable our customers to hear our colleagues more clearly above all the noise that is generated in the store.
“We are very proud to be hosting the Liberate Your Hearing Aid drop in day at our store, along with Hearing Link and various other organisations, they are taking full advantage of our Community Centre that is situated in the store behind the checkouts.”
Hearing Link’s user experience manager Dave King said there will be something for everyone.
He said, “This is a very informal event.
“It will be an open house where people can pop in during the day to find out more about their hearing aids and some of the organisations in Eastbourne which are working to improve the quality of people’s lives.”