Living with hearing loss or tinnitus can be a challenge which can be helped by sharing your experience with others. If your hearing loss is recently diagnosed, it may be difficult for you to come to terms with it. For many, it takes time to get used to hearing aids and to find ways of adapting at work or with family. Alternatively, it may be that you have had hearing loss for a long time and have wisdom that you are unaware of that will prove invaluable to others. We have a social and wellbeing group, a tinnitus support group and a BSL practice group. Read on for details.
Tinnitus Support Group
The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. Approximately 5% of the adult population in the UK experience persistent or troublesome tinnitus.
There are a number of ways in which troublesome tinnitus can be managed to help reduce its presence and to avoid or reduce other unwelcomed effects such as anxiety, tension or disturbed sleep. Doing something to manage tinnitus better can help avoid a vicious circle of increased anxiety or frustration which otherwise can lead to greater tinnitus.
The Tinnitus Support Group exists to provide a greater understanding of tinnitus and its effect on those who experience tinnitus. We have both formal and informal discussions and talks relating to tinnitus and associated problems. External speakers are invited to contribute in the formal meetings and share their knowledge on advances in the field of tinnitus treatment and research.
Sadly due to illness, our meeting for today (Thursday 6th December) has had to be cancelled. Our speaker has had to cancel at short notice due to ill health. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to see again in the new year.
Hearing Loss Support and Wellbeing Group
The Support and Wellbeing Group provides a monthly meeting place for people who have any degree of hearing loss, together with their close family members and carers. The Group provides a space in which members can discuss problems in a friendly, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere, allowing them to find common ground, make new friends, and increase social interaction.
The Group gives an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and provides an ideal opportunity to learn useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation often experienced by people who have hearing loss. Group members also have the opportunity to learn and discuss a range of topics delivered by workshops covering various topics, such as the latest assistive technology equipment available, communication tips, dealing with dementia, and sight loss.
Group members are “experts by experience” and are encouraged to give peer support, sharing their own lived experience of hearing loss. Some members may be wearing hearing aids for the first time, and may benefit from interacting with more experienced hearing aid wearers and learn how to get the most from them. We can also offer insights to family members and carers on how to support people with hearing loss.
BSL Practice Group
The BSL Practice Group may be for you if you looking to improve your sign language skills or would like to meet other sign language users over coffee and biscuits in a friendly and relaxed environment. It might be that you are learning BSL or that you are just looking for somewhere to brush up your skills. If you are, then come along to our BSL practice group. All are welcome regardless of signing ability and we hope to see you here.
The BSL Practice Group is group led meaning that the members decide on the topic of conversation for each session so that everyone has an equal chance to contribute and polish up their BSL.