Shropshire Community Council
PUBLISHED: 10:50 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:26 20 February 2013
See hear.... the Community Council of Shropshire has a team of understanding people to help you
See hear. the Community Council of Shropshire has a team of understanding people to help you
Do you or does anyone you know have a sight or hearing loss? If so the Sensory Resource and Development Service at the Community Council of Shropshire may be able to help.
A total of 8.9 million people in the UK have some hearing loss and for people over the age of 60 there is a 75 per cent chance of being affected. These numbers are set to increase in the future as noise damage increases our vulnerability. Ears are open 24 hours a day and damage is caused through excessively high noise levels. Young people in particular will be more susceptible to future hearing loss if they listen to music too loudly through headphones.
Hearing loss is little understood as it is invisible. People may be treated as though they are stupid if they do not hear correctly and become socially isolated. Employment opportunities can also be affected.
The Sensory Resource and Development Service can help with expert advice, information and peer and practical support. The Community Council of Shropshire provides this service throughout the county and works in close partnership with Audiology and the Shropshire Council Sensory Impairment Team.
There is a diverse range of services to suit the individual:
The Volunteer Support Service is a uniquely Shropshire service which offers people home visits from highly trained support volunteers. All volunteers have a hearing impairment and wear hearing aids, which enables them to offer peer, as well as practical, support. They encourage people to wear their hearing aids because too many end up in cupboards when people need extra support to get used to them. More experienced volunteers provide hearing aid repair services in community hospitals and
other venues. For people having problems with hearing loss or unable to get used to new aids, there is an Effective Hearing Programme.
Training sessions take place all over Shropshire. This informal one-day course helps people adjust to their hearing loss and offers the chance to meet others facing the same problems, in an enjoyable environment.
Losing your sight can be a devastating experience. People may withdraw from everyday life and can become afraid to go out on their own.
The SRDS runs the support group SLOG, which meet monthly in Shrewsbury and Oswestry. Outings/activities are organised to encourage members to remain mobile and lead as normal a life as possible. Some of the group meet up on a regular basis for ten pin bowling, a good example of how things can still be done but differently. Bumpers down the lanes guide the balls, but skill is still needed to get a strike.
Recently one group joined the Countryside Access Group and Radio Shropshire at Wood Lane Nature Reserve. Group members used the hide and, wearing individual headphones, they could hear bird song via directional microphones.
A cycling group meets at the Sundorne Sport Village and has sole use of the track for an hour supported by a cycling coach. As it is not possible for someone with sight impairment to get on a bike and leave the house for exercise, this cycling group gives people with sight loss the opportunity for regular exercise and the chance to feel speed and the wind in our hair as one member described it. Anyone over the age of 18 with a registered sight loss is welcome to come along to any of our groups.
You can find out more about services on www.sishropshire.org.uk
The Community Council is evaluating hearing loop systems in Shropshire. Visit the website to give your experiences of the loop systems in venues around the county.