A year-long campaign to promote Eastbourne has one of the best looped towns in the UK for hearing aid users reaches its height next month with the staging of a major conference in the town.
The Sovereign Harbour-based charity Hearing Link is bringing the third international hearing loop conference to the Winter Garden from October 6-7.
The event is a rare opportunity for people living with hearing loss, those with an interest in hearing loop technology and audiology professionals to find out more about hearing loops and how they can encourage them to become more widely available in their local communities.
It coincides with the town’s own successful efforts to change cultures and heighten understanding through its Let’s Loop Eastbourne campaign which is being backed by the Eastbourne Herald.
Dr Lorraine Gailey, chief executive of Hearing Link, said, “This is the perfect opportunity for people living with hearing loss in East Sussex to find out more about how hearing loops can make a big difference to their quality of life and others in their local community.”
Hearing Link is the UK charity for people living with hearing loss, their family and friends.
It will also stage its annual conference ‘Travel, Leisure and Accessible Tourism’ on Saturday, October 5 at the Winter Garden.
Tickets for both events are available to book online through event booking partner, The Ear Foundation, at www.hearinglink.org/loopconference.
To coincide with the conference, critically-acclaimed classical American composer Richard Einhorn will be bringing his unique sound to the town.
The New York based musician, who experienced a sudden hearing loss himself, will host his ‘Audience with Richard Einhorn’ at the Birley Centre on Sunday, October 6 from 7.30pm.
Richard will talk about his life, his world in music and his own personal journey of how he continued to compose after experiencing sudden hearing loss.
He will also entertain guests with selections from his musical catalogue.
Tickets are priced at £15.
Before then, the Devonshire Park Theatre will be hosting an evening titled “Hear This!” at 5.30pm on Sunday, September 29.
The event which is free with tickets available on the door, will feature the Eastbourne Stagers offering musical entertainment, including excerpts from their recent show, “The Wizard of Oz”.
It will offer hearing aid users to test out the theatre’s new state-of-the-art hearing loop system which was recently installed.
Among those attending will be Eastbourne audiologist, Pauline Jenkins.
Chief executive Lorraine Gailey urged hearing aid users to make a date for the September 29 event.
“The Devonshire Park theatre evening offers theatre-goers a once in a lifetime, free opportunity to try an excellent loop system and enjoy excerpts from the Eastbourne Stagers’ recent production.
“Not only will they have the chance to try a great hearing loop, but there will be an experienced audiologist on hand to check whether their hearing aid is properly set up to pick up the loop signal.
“Anyone who wears a hearing aid and has been disappointed by hearing loops in the past should come along to see the difference a good loop can make.
“The Devonshire Park Theatre loop is properly installed and fully working.”
Meanwhile, Eastbourne celebrity hairdresser Jal Clarke will be bringing his Icon Stylists Street Styling tour to the Sussex Woman Show at Brighton Racecourse on September 27-28 between 10-5pm.
He will be offering a cut and styling service in return for a minimum suggested donation of £10. All proceeds go to Hearing Link.
He will also be taking his Street Styling tour to the International Hearing Loop Conference on October 6, the Asda store at The Crumbles on October 13 and Kidvolution at The Winter Garden on November 2-3, all in aid of Hearing Link.
For further information on any of these events call 0300 111 1113, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS 07526 123255.