Hearing loss charity needs funding for hearing aid clinics in Wales
Hearing loss charity, Action on Hearing Loss are calling for help to keep their hearing aid clinics running.
The charity runs ‘Help to Hear’ clinics across the UK but their Welsh contingent, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru may have to axe some clinics next year when their National Lottery funding ends.
The Help to Hear service provides support and assistance all over Wales, helping hearing aid users make the most of their devices. They offer drop in clinic services and home visits to provide basic training on the maintenance and use of hearing aids, along with cleaning, minor repairs and battery replacements.
However, the service is currently funded by the National Lottery and this will run out next year.
There are currently around 575,000 people in Wales who suffer with hearing loss and of those who have hearing aids, 66% require additional support after their aids have been fitted.
The Help to Hear clinics are run by NHS trained volunteers and have helped thousands of people with hearing aid support, taking pressure off NHS services.
If Action on Hearing Loss Cymru cannot find alternative funding and the clinics close, hearing aid uses will have little choice but to turn to the health services for assistance. This would see an increase in waiting times for users and an increase in costs for the NHS.
The cost of the clinics, per patient, per year, is just £25 and the charity is hoping the Welsh government and local health boards will be able to assist.
Speaking to ITV News, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, Richard Williams explained that the clinics involve more than just hearing aid help; “The clinics and the volunteers not only get people’s hearing aids working again, enabling them to hear but also its peer support. People like them giving them advice about how they live in their community. The type of church that’s accessible, the type of village hall that’s more accessible, people like them who they can relate to, it’s invaluable.”
Action on Hearing Loss are calling on local health boards within the affected areas to help fund the clinics. If you would like to the support the charity, you can visit their website where you can email the Chief Executive of your local health board.
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