Winner of £300 prize - Colin Ayres from Newcastle under Lyme

Review places you visit

Help us gather data on issues connected with listening, hearing, communication and sound in public places. Our 'Getting It Right For Hearing' project is underway.

We're interested in the experiences people have in any public place, e.g cafes, restaurants, shops, community centres, health clinics and travel centres.

JOIN IN:  Whether the issue is background noise, music playing, or microphones not being used in meetings - please tell us by giving a a review of the place you were at. We will use this to persuade businesses and organisations to make changes where they are needed.

REVIEWS: We have created 3 easy ways to give reviews:

1) Use our fantastic rate & review site to add your reviews directly to the online database

2)  Complete this straightforward e-survey, which asks questions about your experiences

3)  Print off the paper form, fill it in and return it to us

You review one place at a time, giving us the name of the place visited.

Reviews given by the e-survey and the paper form will be transferred across to the online database so everything is held in one place and available to anyone to look at.

STIRLING: We are particularly active in the Stirling area so that we can test different processes for getting people involved.If this is your neck of the woods, please get in touch. This is a unique and brilliant opportunity to help bring about improvement and change.

More than 1,100 respond to questionnaire about phone use

A total of 1,135 people responded to our important questionnaire on phone use. This has generated robust and comprehensive data that we are now taking to interested parties in the telecoms industry to influence how they direct money and resources.

The findings suggest that large numbers are struggling to hear well on the phone and that they want new solutions to make things easier. See the blog for more details.

Director of Ideas for Ears, Sally Shaw, says: "Having hearing loss doesn’t  mean that you should automatically accept hearing poorly on the phone."

Winner of £300 Amazon Vouchers!

To show our appreciation to those participating in the questionnaire, we offered the chance to enter a prize draw to win £300 in Amazon vouchers. The lucky winner, selected at random by an independent witness, was Colin Ayers from Newcastle under Lyme. Colin is pictured top left, with the wildlife that he and his wife love so much.

Colin said:  "I was delighted to find the Ideas for Ears questionnaire via the Hearing Link website and was really excited to know that my views and experiences, along with others, would result in data which will influence the awareness of phone companies about those of us who have a hearing loss.

"It was wonderful to receive the prize of £300 in Amazon Vouchers, some of which will be used to help me present deaf awareness on a voluntary bases to local businesses and individuals."