Appeal to help influence hearing loss charity’s work

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Local people in Forfar and Kirriemuir who are deaf or having hearing loss are being invited to help shape the work of one of the country’s leading charities.

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, is inviting people with hearing loss, impairments or tinnitus to join the its research panel.

Panellists will have regular opportunities to take part in the charity’s research projects by completing short surveys as well as through one-to-one interviews and focus groups.

Evidence gathered through the research will inform Action on Hearing Loss’s policy, services and campaigning work for a world where people are not limited or labelled due to hearing loss, tinnitus is silenced and where people value and look after their hearing.

Delia Henry, the charity’s director, said: “We’d be grateful if residents would get involved in our panel, which we hope offers a great opportunity to feed in their first-hand experience of hearing loss and highlight everyday issues that will help shape our future work, supporting people who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus to live their lives to the full.”

The charity provides a range of services to try to improve the everyday lives of people with hearing loss and campaigns for equal rights and access to services.

These include a scheme offering advice to people experiencing difficulties with NHS hearing aids and an employment service that helps 16-25-year-olds to get into work, training or education.

Further information can be found on the Action on Hearing Loss website, and to get involved with the research panel, complete a short questionnaire at www.aohl.org.uk/researchpanel or e-mailing: panel@hearingloss.org.uk