Free training for families and friends affected by hearing loss

Shropshire charity Signal is inviting family members and friends of people living with hearing loss to take part in some free training to make communication in everyday situations easier.

Everybody may struggle to hear amid the hubbub of a social gathering at one time or other. For people with hearing loss, it can be a struggle to join in conversations with family, friends or colleagues all the time. They can feel lonely even in company.

Frances, who volunteers for Signal and herself lives with hearing loss, says:

“Hearing loss is a hidden disability which affects not just the individual but their family and friends. Even within the family it can become very isolating, as you miss parts of conversations and tend to ‘switch off’ as you lose the thread. You begin to avoid social situations.”

Signal’s training will give participants a better understanding of the challenges of living with hearing loss, as well as, strategies for clear and considerate communication. It will also cover how the ear works, the causes of hearing loss, how to maintain hearing aids and more.

The training will take place at Signal: The Hub in the Riverside shopping centre in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 31 May in the school half-term holiday. The Hub is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs and has a disabled toilet and a baby changing facility. It also houses the inclusive Links Café.

There is a choice of two one-hour sessions starting at 10.30am and 2.30pm. To book your free place, telephone 01743 358 356, send an SMS to 07950 782 819 or email [email protected].

This training is supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.