|Our Hear for You service for hard of hearing people is provided by a small team at GDA.
The aim of this project is to help bring about an improvement in the quality of life for hard of hearing people in Gloucestershire and raise awareness of their needs in the wider community.
Just over 14% of the population is affected by hearing problems, and about 98% of these fall into the category of hard of hearing. It is estimated that well over 1,000 people in Gloucestershire, many of whom are older adults, require specialist support services and facilities.
GDA provides a range of services, including some which directly support NHS Gloucestershire's Hearing Services department and also Gloucestershire County Council's Sensory Services team. These are:
- Hearing aid clinics - cleaning, re-tubing and free provision of new batteries at weekly clinics across the county. Click here to find a clinic near you.
- Listening aid equipment - impartial advice from equipment specialists. Home assessment and installation as an option
- Lip reading classes - we run six classes in the county. Find a lip reading class near you by clicking here.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Training - tailored training for GP surgery practices, residential and care homes, and retailers.
GDA's Hear for You programme has grown significantly and become an award-winning service in the past two years and we will continue to invest in this important area of our work. We welcome feedback at any time, along with any ideas and suggestions of new services that would benefit hard of hearing people.
Hearing aid maintenance
We offer a range of hearing aid maintenance services. Please see below for information about how GDA can support you.
We offer a free hearing aid and listening aid equipment clinic at the GDA office where you can come in and get your hearing aids cleaned, re-tubed and get new batteries*, as well as the chance to try out our vast range of specialist listening aid equipment for your self before you buy.
The office clinic is by appointment only and available on:
- Monday 2pm - 5pm
- Wednesday 10am - 5pm
To book an appointment to see our in-house equipment guru, Sam, please contact the office on 01452 372999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Batteries are available to collect throughout the week and without prior appointment.
Our Hard of Hearing Services Co-ordinator, Sam Quinson, is on hand to visit local clubs, care homes and organisations across Gloucestershire to carry out cleaning, re-tubing and issuing of new hearing aid batteries. Please note there is a small fee for this service. Sam will happily discuss this with you upon your enquiry.
To find out where and when Sam is holding hearing aid clinics in your area please click here
If you are unable to come to one of our Outreach clinics or the GDA office, Sam can come to your home to carry out hearing aid maintenance. Again, there is a small charge for our home visits. Costs vary depending on your location.
To find out more about how we can help you or your group with hearing aid advise and support please contact Sam on 01452 372999 or email email@example.com.