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The charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is rolling out drop-in and home services for people with hearing loss across Wales over the next three years.
These 'Hear to Help' services are aimed to help people make the most of their hearing aids and cope better with their hearing loss.
The services offered are:
- tubing, minor repairs, ear mould cleaning and battery replacement
- training on maintenance of hearing aids
- advice and support on making the most of the hearing aids
- rehabilitation courses
- information and signposting to other services
- introduction to other useful equipment
There are many 'Hear to Help' drop-in clinics already up and running in mid and north Wales. Go to the charity's website for more information on where and when these are being held - as well as more links, and advice on hearing loss.
It's a staggering fact but half a million people across Wales have some form of hearing loss. Many of them struggle to get the right sort of support.
Now though, a pioneering service has been launched with £500,000 of lottery funding to train a small army of volunteers to help. Ian Lang reports from Dolgellau.
Half a million pounds of lottery funding will spent on getting hearing aids to those in Wales who need them most.
Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says more than 500,000 people in Wales have hearing loss.
Over the next three years, a drop-in and home service will be expanded to cover the rest of the country.
"It means that the service that people have been enjoying in North Wales over the last two years will be rolled out over the rest of Wales, so people over the rest of Wales will be able to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital" says Richard Williams, from the charity.