Helping hand for Notts residents with a hearing loss

14 May 2018

Nottinghamshire residents who have a hearing loss are being encouraged to find out about the help and support that is available in the county at an information roadshow taking place as part of Deaf Awareness Week (w/c 14 May).

The County Council has a dedicated team known as the Adult Deaf and Visual Impairment Service (ADVIS), which works with deaf, deaf-blind and visually impaired adults, and supports over 3,000 people with a hearing loss.

The team will be showcasing their help and support for independent living with promotional stands at the following locations:

• Kings Mill Hospital and Bassetlaw Hospital this Wednesday (16 May)
• Nottingham University’s Portland Building and Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre this Friday (18 May)

The team can help with daily living tasks, offer specialist equipment to make everyday living easier and assist with completing care and support assessment forms.

Around one in six people in the UK are affected by a hearing loss and 3.7 million are of working age and 6.5 million are aged over 60.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “The communication problems that can affect people with a hearing loss often lead to a lack of confidence, isolation, depression and unemployment.

“Technology and the way we communicate is helping to change this so we encourage people with a hearing loss to find out about the help that’s out there to improve their independence and quality of life.”

People wanting to find out more should contact the Council on 0300 500 80 80 or email enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk

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