Deaf Awarenes Week in East Sussex

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PEOPLE who suffer deafness issues have been invited to events at the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre next week.

Deaf Awareness Week supports one in six people in the suffering a form of hearing loss.

The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre has a programme of events planned for this week to raise awareness of the hidden disability that is deafness.

This Tuesday May 8 there will be the opportunity to have your hearing screened to see if there is any indication of a hearing loss. If there is, you will be advised to visit your GP. Screening is by appointment only between 10am and 12noon. You are only eligible if you have not previously had a hearing test under the NHS.) Phone 01323 722505 for an appointment.

Also on Tuesday, our Deaf Outreach bus will be outside Banker’s Corner in Eastbourne, between 10am and 4pm. Staff will be available to give information and advice on various assistive devices that can help when living with a hearing loss. No appointment is necessary.

On Wednesday May 9 you can get your NHS hearing aids maintained and obtain hearing aid batteries at the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre between 10am and 12noon. Please bring your NHS brown book with you.

As always, a drop in service is available every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 4pm, for help with your deafness.

Also on Wednesday, there will be a display in the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne, 10am to 3pm and in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Staff will be on hand to tell you about all the services offered by the Resource Centre.

There will be a meeting of the Eastbourne Deafblind Group at the Resource Centre on Thursday May 10. This takes place between 10.30am and 12 noon and will be attended by a speaker from the Macular Disease Society. If you would like to know more about Macular Degeneration please come along.

Friday May 11 sees the launch of the Menieres Support Group, 10.30am to 12 noon. If you have been diagnosed with Menieres Disease do come along and meet the President of the Menieres Society at the Resource Centre at 8 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne.

On Friday afternoon, there will be a chance to relax and listen to some poetry, a short story or perhaps an extract from a novel. A member of the Read Aloud scheme, run by the library service, will be visiting the Resource Centre to entertain everyone. A loop system will be used for the benefit of hearing aid wearers with this facility. All are welcome. The session starts at 2.30pm and should last for an hour.

For any further information contact Teresa Davis, 8 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH. Tel: 01323 722505 or email: teresa@eshrc.org.uk