Chiltern Hard of Hear­ing Club

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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 jen­ny­bur­ton@sky.com.

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