●● A NEW group to improve the quality of hearing loops in businesses and public buildings has launched in Poynton.
Let’s Loop Poynton is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Poynton and other organisations, including the hearing loss charity Hearing Link.
The group held a successful awareness day at the civic centre which highlighted the impact of hearing loss and how loops can be part of the solution.
Among the participants were Hearing Products, Hearing Link and Action on Hearing Loss and visitors included deputy mayor Sandra Horsman.
Organiser Walter Thomas said the aim will be to raise awareness in the community and to act as a driver for more working hearing loops in the community.
He added: “We had a most successful event and found a good number of volunteers to help with loop checks in Poynton.”
Hearing loops can be found in shops, banks and many public buildings, providing a magnetic, wireless signal which can be picked up by a hearing aid when it is set to the Telecoil.
Hearing loops cut out exterior noise so in shops, for example, a hearing aid wearer can hear the person serving them without any confusion.
Over the coming months, the Let’s Loop group will be surveying local shops and businesses in the area to assess the availability of hearing loops, as part of a national campaign.
For more information about Let’s Loop Poynton email Walter Thomas at lets.loop.poynton@ poyntonrotary.com or call 01625 872987. ●● CAMPAIGNERS aiming to improve play equipment at Hockley Park have organised a Teddy Bears’ Picnic there on September 26 from 10.30am-1pm. Come along and share your ideas.