Hearing loss is something which affects one in six people in the UK, and in Surrey we’re trying to do something about it.
“Let’s Loop Surrey” was formed two years ago by the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People, focused on promoting awareness of hearing loops.
You may have seen those blue and white ear signs with a letter ‘T’s stuck on the fronts of shop windows or next to check-outs in supermarkets or bank counters. That means these businesses have a hearing loop which works for anyone with a hearing aid, which has been fitted with a telecoil.
So, if you are at a train station to order a ticket, the counter window will have a loop fitted with the person in the ticket office speaking into a microphone. If you have a telecoil-activated hearing aid, you will enjoy a crystal clear conversation since the hearing loop cuts out all the clutter.
“Let’s Loop Surrey” consists of hearing aid wearers, as well as representatives from Surrey County Council, businesses and hearing groups. It has enjoyed some success in changing attitudes, as well as providing better quality loops in the county. They are among 10 loop groups in towns nationwide, organised by the charity Hearing Link.
At the heart of each group are hearing aid wearers, who act as secret shoppers by visiting businesses to check the quality of loops. Where there are problems, then “Let’s Loop Surrey” works with those organisations to get the loop fixed.
The group is looking for more volunteers to become involved. It’s a small commitment, but a big opportunity to change the way communities in Surrey view and hear hearing loops.
If you live in Surrey and would like to find out more, contact Yasmin Broome at the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People or complete the online contact form. Alternatively our text-only phone number is 077809 33053.