Hearing loss care home help

A new guide for care home staff helps them identify signs of hearing loss in residents, and gives advice for trying to improve those residents' quality of life. It's a collaboration between charities Action on Hearing Loss Cymru and Age Cymru.

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Care home workers help with hearing loss guide

The guide was written with the help of care home workers. Cheryl Merrony, who works in Chepstow and lost a great deal of her own hearing as a child, was among those sharing their tips.

We have so many residents here who have hearing loss, around three quarters of them have hearing aids, and because I understand what it’s like when you have problems, I decided to look after them myself. Every day I check with the residents that their hearing aids are switched on properly, batteries are working and that there’s no whistling of any blockages in the tubes.

– Cheryl Merrony, care home worker

Working with the My Home Life Cymru to produce this publication has been a great opportunity for Action on Hearing Loss Cymru to help care home staff get a better understanding of the realities of life for people with hearing loss. It can take some time to adjust to wearing a hearing aid and it’s important that older people in care homes get the support they need to make the most of hearing aids, including regular maintenance.

– Richard Williams, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru

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