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A New Name But Still Worth Listening To!

 

Most people over 40 or 50 will recognise the name RNID or Royal National Institute for the Deaf. But like so many things in our lifetimes, this has now changed dramatically into a very modern, active organisation under a new name - Action on Hearing Loss.

Their aim is to work for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people; where tinnitus is silences and where people value and look after their hearing.

At the moment there are estimated to be an amazing 8 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK and the number is rising as the population ages. About 670,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf.

Action on Hearing would like more people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action because the tendency is to try and ignore it until the problem becomes acute. How easy it is to turn up the volume on the radio or tv, miss a few words but pretend nothing really is going on with your hearing.
Action on Hearing Loss is also working for more support for people with hearing loss and of course the end ideal of curing hearing loss and tinnitus.

They offer a range of practical day to day care for people who are deaf and also offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing.

The organisation is now asking people to complete a short online survey which will be used to help them improve their activities in certain areas. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete (although they say allow 15 minutes), and inevitably includes a section on donations and how they can help; but generally it is a useful survey just to show to the organisation where they need to take more action.

The answers can be totally anonymous so there is no fear of being bombarded with messages and literature in the future. It could help yourself and others in later life and you don’t need to suffer any hearing loss to take part. Visit http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ to do the survey.

There is also a great opportunity to volunteer to help with certain activities the organisation is involved in across the UK. Volunteers might organise and run coffee morning get togethers for people with hearing loss; help with administrative tasks in some of their offices; help at small or large exhibitions and stands or become a support volunteer to offer personal support to someone suffering from hearing loss. It is a good way to meet new friends as well. Action on Hearing Loss already has over 1,000 volunteers around the country but they are keen to hear of more people willing to assist in all areas.

Action on Hearing Loss has a segment of its website devoted to volunteers at http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteering-vacancies.aspx
or you can email them directly on volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk

Finally of course they have a full section on hearing, how to check if you have a problem and what to do if you are suffering from hearing loss.

The RNID may have changed its name, but it’s good to see that in this modern world its old values and real help and support for people suffering hearing loss is going on.


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