THE spotlight will turn on Eastbourne’s deaf community next month with a series of events planned in the town to mark National Deaf Awareness Week.
The initiative in Eastbourne, which is being organised by the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, runs in tandem with the Let’s Loop Eastbourne campaign, which is being run by a separate charity, Hearing Link.
The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre has a programme of events planned for this week to raise awareness of the hidden disability at its premises in St Leonards Road.
On Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, there will be an opportunity for visitors to have their hearing screened. Appointments will be available between 10am and 3pm. Visitors will only be eligible if they have not had an NHS hearing test.
Also on Tuesday, between 10am and 12pm, visitors will be able to get their NHS hearing aid maintained and obtain batteries.
One of the resource centre’s volunteers will be providing taster healing sessions which last between 15 and 20 minutes.
The weekly lipreading class in Eastbourne will go ahead as usual. For further details of the class contact Teresa at the centre.
The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre’s drop-in service will be available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. Here, visitors can try amplified telephones, TV listening devices with a hearing loop.
On Wednesday afternoon (May 8) there will be a talk on basic hearing aid care from 2pm for an hour.
This session will tackle how to clean your hearing aids and what you should be doing to make sure they work as efficiently as possible.
On the same afternoon, there will be an opportunity to have a go at lipreading.
Visitors will be able to sample a typical lipreading lesson and learn how this skill can help with communication problems.
The taster session will be held in Old Town but places are limited and those interested need to contact the centre to book a place.
Also on Wednesday, May 8, the resource centre will be hosting a Silent Cinema night. Relive the golden age of silent film, bring your own popcorn!
On Thursday, May 9, there will be a meeting of the Eastbourne Deafblind Group. This takes place between 10.30am and 12pm. The library service, ‘Read Aloud’ will be reading stories and poetry.
A Sign Language class will be held on Thursday between 2.30pm and 4pm.
There will also be an opportunity to take advantage of taster hand, shoulder or face massage, provided by one of the volunteers. Appointments are available between 10.30am and 3pm.
The usual weekly lipreading class in Polegate will be taking place.
Friday May 10 sees the centre’s Community Learning and Information Vehicle parked outside Banker’s Corner in Eastbourne, between 10am and 4pm. A Deaf Outreach Worker will be speaking to staff of Barclays Bank about hearing loops.
The Job Club for deaf people will also be in action for most of the day.
A Meniere’s Support Group will be meeting at the Resource Centre between 10.30am and 12pm on May 10 for a talk given by Pauline Jenkins, the chief audiologist of the Eastbourne Hospital Trust and the Conquest Hospital. She will be speaking about tinnitus and its effect on Meniere’s.
To round off the week, there will be a talk and demonstration on Understanding Loops. This will start at 2pm.
For any further information contact Teresa Davis, at 8 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH. Tel: 01323 722505 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.eshrc.org.uk