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Issue:- 27 June 2013

Liverpool has its Ear to the Ground

L-R (Bottom Row) - Gary Pick (Careline, Liverpool Direct Ltd); Tony Kay (Head of Audiology Services, Aintree University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust);? Michelle McMaster (Hearing Link), Stan McCann (Chairman, The North West Federation) Eric Morris (President, The North West Federation) and Julie Leggett (Hearing Link).Top row - Dr Lorraine Gailey (Hearing Link Chief Executive); Graham Maher (Project Leader, Hear Here) Carol Riley (ATLA).

LOCAL and national organisations in Liverpool came together recently to support a social and information event for people with hearing loss.

Ear to the Ground was a free event for people with hearing loss, their family, friends and others to find out about services and help available to them locally and nationally.

For people who use hearing aids or cochlear implants, it was a chance to find out more about hearing loops and how they can be improved in their local area.

More than 100 local people attended the event, with organisations and groups from across the region taking part. The event was held at The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, in Liverpool, on Saturday, 15 June 2013.

It was organised by the UK charity Hearing Link. Collaborative partners were Hear Here (Hard of Hearing project), The North West Federation of Hard of Hearing Clubs, Aintree University Hospital, British Tinnitus Association, ATLA (the Association of Teaching of Lipreading to Adults), Careline Liverpool's social care contact service and the Cochlear Implant User Group. The event was sponsored by The Leach Trust.

A special feature of the day was a presentation by Tony Kay, Head of Audiology Services, from Aintree University Hospital, NHS Trust Foundation, who spoke about its excellent Audiology Services whose mission statement is 'to be the Center of choice for hearing, balance and tinnitus services'.

Dr Lorraine Gailey, Chief Executive of Hearing Link, said:- "It was a pleasure to welcome so many people from Liverpool along to our first Ear to the Ground event in the City. It was a rare opportunity for them to find out more about the support and services that may assist them or family members in managing the challenges that hearing loss can present.  When you have hearing loss, it can be easy to withdraw into yourself and to find yourself isolated. This event was a good way for people to connect with others who also live with hearing loss. I would like to thank all the local organisations and individuals who helped make this event a success."

Tony Kay, Head of Audiology Services, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added:- "It was a privilege to be invited to support and present at this event. I was amazed to see so many organisations and patients attend this information and social event on a Saturday and it was heartening to have so many patients express an interest in finding out more about the services we offer at Aintree. My thanks goes to all at Hearing Link for allowing organisations to promote their services and making the event possible."

For further information about Hearing Link and the services and support it offers, call its helpdesk on:- 03001111113 or by email.

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