Chiltern Hard of Hearing Club
BOB welcomed everyone to the evening and introduced Bev Waring from Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service (BISS) supported by Buckinghamshire County Council and Action on Hearing Loss.
BISS have a contract with Bucks County Council to provide an assessment for anyone with a diagnosed hearing loss, irrespective of whether the individual has a private or NHS hearing aid.
They are able to take self referrals as well as from family or friends and professionals, as long as the hearing impaired person has agreed to the referral.
Assessments are carried out in clients own homes to identify how their hearing loss is affecting daily living.
In some instances, equipment can be provided for free on a long-term loan basis. Equipment such as louder and/or flashing doorbells, smoke alarms and occasionally vibrating pagers – especially if a pager is required for a parent to hear their baby cry. The criteria for supplying equipment has to be for critical or substantial reasons. However even if the equipment cannot be given out on loan Bev is still able to provide an assessment where she can advise on the most suitable appliance for an individual.
Bev demonstrated a portable doorbell which was really quite loud with various sounds and with a flashing light. She also showed a vibrating pager which can be put in a pocket and carried around the house, so a hearing impaired person is always alert to someone at the front door.
Pagers were used more for individuals with a severe to a profound hearing loss, unable to hear environmental sound as well as perhaps a carer or parent with a hearing loss.
Smoke alarms, have you all got one? Bev asked and can you all hear your smoke alarm if you haven’t your hearing aid in? Extremely important safety aspect. As well as louder smoke alarms there are ones that flash and/or vibrate. Bev’s team can ask the fire brigade to do an assessment for you and they can issue other smoke alarms as well as installing them in the most appropriate place.
BT will provide an extra loud ringer and there are several amplified phones on the market.
Bev was quite surprised none of the members had home loop system whether a neck or a room loop. Often they provide more clarity when listening to the TV or radio. Some personal loop systems can also be used in meetings or one to one sessions.
We stopped for refreshments and raffle and Kate welcomed Ginny to her first meeting. Kate also brought us up to date with members not present. All of whom are doing well after various operations, hospital stays or ill health.
Bev continued with a short question and answer session then went and spoke to some members individually regarding assessments.
Bob closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending
The next meeting will be on May 10 when Rachel Evans, hearing therapist and audiologist will speak on ‘Our World of Hearing Loss’.
The meeting will be at 7.30pm at Halifax House, Little Chalfont.
For more details call Kate Weber on 01494 773359 or email Jenny Burton at email@example.com.