Hear to help! Can you support Action on Hearing Loss?


Hear to help! Can you support Action on Hearing Loss?

November 17, 2017

Action on Hearing Loss (A.o.H.L.) is respected charity (established in 1911 as the Royal National Institute for the Deaf) working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced and where people value and look after their hearing.

Unaddressed hearing loss can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing. People with hearing loss are more likely to experience emotional distress and loneliness, and the risk of developing depression is doubled.  Additionally people with hearing loss are at least twice as likely to develop dementia.

There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss (1 in 6 of the population). It’s estimated that, in 2014, there were 20,500 people in Lichfield District and 23,000 people in South Staffs District  with a hearing loss and this set to rise to 23,500 and 25,500 respectively by 2019.

A.o.H.L. has received some funding to run hearing loss awareness sessions/talks within Lichfield and South Staffs Districts, with a particular focus on people over 65, as hearing loss is more prevalent in this age group, with 70% of older people having a hearing loss.

In the sessions, for which there is no charge, we will provide advice and information on managing hearing loss well as basic hearing checks for anyone concerned about  their hearing.

We are seeking groups or organisations, within Lichfield and South Staffs districts, who feel their members might benefit from one of these sessions/talks.  We are also looking for venues, such as village halls, community centres etc, that we could use to run sessions open to the community; we believe community pharmacies are ideal settings for this, so if you would be able to host a session in your pharmacy consultation room then please let me know.

If you would like to discuss this further or could help in any way, please contact the Staffordshire Community Support Officer, Gill Wyatt,  for an informal chat –

gill.wyatt@hearingloss.org.uk, 07960 407595

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