Hearing access specialists
Hearing access specialists

People sitting in a horseshoe shape at an event

A lively, interactive event in Stirling recently helped to uncover myths and misunderstandings about hearing and deafness.

Attendees learned why it can be so easy to hear and follow conversation on some occasions and near to impossible on others.

They talked about the things that can be done by individuals to give them the best chance possible of hearing and following what’s said.  And they looked at what is outwith the control of the individual and is something that other people must do.

The event was run by Ideas for Ears, in collaboration with the volunteer-led Forth Valley Hearing Access Forum. It was made possible thanks to Volunteer Scotland offering use of their accessible training room venue, and the sponsorship of Audacious, the mobile phone company that makes voice calls sound clearer and easier to hear.

Discussions covered hearing and deafness, audiograms, hearing aids and other devices, lipreading and communication support.

The focus then moved on to ‘hearing access’ and what that means.  Attendees learned how hearing access is helped and hindered, and what the options are for transforming poor hearing access into good hearing access.  They discovered how the Hearing Access Protocol can help keep them and everyone else right on what should be done and when.

At the end of the event, attendees had the chance to find out about Audacious and to ask questions about the ground-breaking mobile phone technology.

Live subtitles of what was said as it was said were provided by professional Electronic Notetaker, Brenda Holliday.  More events like this are due to take place in Fife in the east of Scotland in October and November 2019.

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