Deaf Awareness Week - celebrations in the capital

Improving services for people with hearing loss in Edinburgh is the theme of celebrations to mark Deaf Awareness Week in the capital this week.

Deaf Awareness Week

The Craigmillar Hub was the venue for the launch of the new hearing aid replacement service, which will allow people to get hold of free batteries directly from libraries, speeding up what was previously a slow process.

With one in six of the population suffering from a hearing impairment, a number of events have been arranged by the City of Edinburgh Council in the Craigmillar Community Hub to mark this week's national event.

These include:
Videos describing how to care for hearing aids and what to do if problems occur have also been posted on the Council's YouTube website.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health, Social Care and Housing Convener for the Council, said: "Service users told us during the Council's consultation on the Scottish Government's See Hear strategy that they wanted more control over maintaining their hearing aids, which is why we've now made improvements to this service.

"We work closely with organisations such as NHS Lothian, Deaf Action and the Scottish Government to provide the best quality of care to the public."

Michael Matheson, MSP, Minister for Public Health, said: "I very much welcome and fully endorse this new partnership initiative. It demonstrates how local agencies can work together to respond to the needs of service users and improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people in Edinburgh.

"It's also pleasing to see that people's responses to our See Hear consultation are being acted upon and that the aims of the Scottish Government's National Sensory Impairment Strategy are being taken forward in such a collaborative way."

“Aidan McCorry, CEO of Deaf Action, said: "Deaf Action is pleased to be working in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to help make access to services for deaf people easier. It’s really important that we continue to take on board feedback from the Deaf and hard of hearing communities to help improve services and overcome communication barriers."

 

  • Themed books and DVDs;
  • Advice on hearing aids/batteries and assistive equipment;
  • Hearing Link - connect with others to share experience and advice;
  • Deaf Action display including money matters service/advice;
  • Fire and Rescue Scotland to promote preention and home safety;
  • Living It Up display - information for a healthier lifestyle;
  • Telecare; Euan's Guide - advice on accessibility.

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