A charity project in Wandsworth is calling for volunteers to help ease the transition for locals with hearing loss.
Hear to Help is designed to assist those who wear hearing aids in staying active and sociable, which can prove difficult for many people who are suffering from hearing loss.
The project is being headed by the charity Action on Hearing Loss and will also look to train a number of volunteers about how they can pass on knowledge to people about living with a hearing aid.
This means that volunteers, and eventually patients, will be able to carry out a number of maintenance tasks in relation to their hearing aids.
Specifically, this includes tubing and batteries, with organisers saying this will drastically improve the everyday lives of people that suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss.
Lucy Johnson, Action on Hearing Loss’s regional volunteer manager, said: "We’re urgently looking for new volunteers from across Wandsworth, who may have hearing loss themselves, to come forward to support our regular Hear to Help community drop-in sessions and visits to residential homes."
She added that because hearing aids "can be very difficult" to adjust to, these volunteers would carry out essential work.
"We’d be delighted to speak with anyone interested in helping people to keep using their hearing aids so that they can hear friends and family more clearly," she said.
We couldn't agree more that adjusting to life with a hearing aid can be difficult and that it does take a little bit of time to get used to.
That's why our expert audiologists at all Leightons branches can help you with whatever you need right from the free hearing test at the start to the fitting of the aid and living with it.
We have a number of branches in and round the London and south west England areas so feel free to pop in at any time.