Action on Hearing Loss Scotland carries on in Midlothian

Friday April 24th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is continuing to support older veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus in Midlothian throughout the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

Whilst the charity’s Hearing Forces service is currently unable to carry out a face-to-face service, the team are working to ensure that older veterans get practical support and information relating to hearing loss.

The Hearing Forces team are offering a postal hearing aid battery service for NHS hearing aid users, giving information on assistive equipment to assist in preventing loneliness and isolation, and liaising with NHS Audiology on behalf of service users.

Derek Clark, Hearing Forces Project Officer said: “We want to make sure older veterans in Midlothian are not feeling isolated in what is a difficult time for everyone. Whilst it’s not currently possible to run our face-to-face service we want to make sure that veterans with hearing loss can still access support from us.

“We have been helping veterans with advice and support, including accessing local NHS audiology services for hearing aid repairs and sending out replacement hearing aid batteries by post.

“We recently assisted a veteran following discharge from hospital via a care home. His hearing aids had been sent to the care home rather than his home address, so we liaised with NHS Audiology and got his hearing aids redirected to his home address within four hours.”

“If any older veterans in Midlothian needs batteries for their NHS hearing aid or require information on hearing loss or tinnitus, please do get in touch.”

Hearing Forces is part of the Unforgotten Forces consortium: a partnership between sixteen leading organisations which deliver a range of services to older veterans.

To contact Derek from the Hearing Forces team, please email or telephone/text 07823 791529.

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