We provide advice, guidance and support in matters relating to hearing loss and/or communication difficulties to promote wellbeing. We can provide training and learning opportunities for individuals, organisations etc to raise Deaf awareness and to enable positive communication skills to communicate effectively with others. This includes Deaf Awareness, British Sign Language and other communication courses.
We engage with agencies, organisations and individuals to form working partnerships and collaborate with them to break down barriers for Deaf people. Where we are not able to offer direct advice, guidance or support we signpost individuals to more appropriate services.
Somerset County Council Sensory loss teams are trained to work with people with sight loss. Workers can visit the home and arrange to provide support to keep independence. Services include provision of equipment, rehabilitation, and advice and information.
Adult Social Care supports adults of working age and older people who have disabilities, mental health problems, a sensory loss or general frailty.
We train clever dogs to help deaf people. That’s what we do in a nutshell – we train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss – simple sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives.
A hearing dog and their deaf recipient need to be carefully matched to ensure the partnership will work well. So many little things need to be taken into consideration – for example, we wouldn’t match a bouncy, bubbly Labrador with a 70-year-old lady with mobility problems. But that Labrador would make a great companion for a fit 35-year-old who loves going out jogging every morning. We take these important lifestyle factors very seriously to ensure we make the right match. Matches can take up to three years. There is so much more to find out so please contact Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
If you have an NHS hearing aid supplied by Musgrove Park Hospital you can request a repair appointment by contacting the Audiology Department at Musgrove Hospital. Contact details below or text the word ‘audiology’ followed by your message to 07768 258508.
The DeafPLUS Mobile Advisory Service gives advice and information on all aspects of hearing loss. You can find out more information and access support via our website or contacting us by phone or email.
Action on Hearing are experts in providing support and information for people with hearing loss and tinnitus. We supply communication services and training. We offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing. We send out leaflets and catalogues. We have a Samaritan trained person to support people overwhelmed by Tinnitus. For more information about the service, visit our website or call the freephone number below.