Did you know that hearing loss affects one in six of the population in this country? That’s over ten million people.
Although hearing loss is implicated in an increased risk of dementia and other health issues such as depression, hearing loss itself is seldom spoken of, which makes matters worse, because treating hearing loss reduces that risk. Britain is ahead of the rest of the world as we are the only country that has a qualification to teach Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes, and an association, ATLA (the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults) to support qualified tutors. Far too few people know about these valuable classes, so Lipreading Awareness Week (LAW) is a great chance to spread the word.
Modern hearing aids are excellent but they cannot provide normal hearing. This is where a Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss class comes in. Classes teach students to let their eyes help their ears and fill in the bits of conversation that might have been missed. They meet others with similar problems, gain confidence, learn tactics and strategies to help them cope with difficult situations and communicate better, find out about equipment and organisations that can help, and of course improve their lipreading. Classes are informal and great fun.
During Lipreading Awareness Week many tutors will be putting on free taster sessions. There will also be information stands at some hospital audiology departments.
Ruth Bizley will be putting on a free taster session at Honiton Methodist Church on Monday 11th September from 10am to 12noon
Contact Ruth for more information or just come along on the day.
Ruth also runs classes in Exeter, Paignton and Newton Abbot (also Bridport in Dorset)
Contact Ruth Bizley for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 01297 442239 mobile (text only) 07855 340517
More classes are available in other areas of Devon and Cornwall.
Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes nationwide are listed on the ATLA website, http://atlalipreading.org.uk along with other useful information.