Hearing loss charity’s appeal

THE charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is urging people in Ellon to make sure that family and friends who are deaf or hard of hearing do not feel excluded or isolated at social or family events over the Christmas period.

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland wants people to ensure that everyone can fully enjoy this year’s celebrations by taking the following steps - asking everyone to take time to include family or friends with hearing loss, making sure that they are facing people directly when talking to them and speaking clearly. The charity is also asking those with hearing loss to make it clear if they cannot hear what is being said and to ask people to repeat themselves.

One in six people across Scotland are deaf or hard of hearing but research shows that it can take up to ten years for people to seek help to address their hearing loss, and in that time, they can find it more and more difficult to communicate with family and friends. This in turn can make people feel lonely and isolated from those around them.

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “We are asking people in Ellon to take time to converse clearly with relatives and friends with hearing loss to make sure that everyone is able to take a full part in this year’s Christmas celebrations. Often, it is noisy social events that make people with hearing loss feel the most left out, as it can be very difficult to follow conversations. Everyone can contribute to making people with hearing loss feel included and avoid the sense of isolation and loneliness that can sometimes arise.”

Anyone wanting further information can contact the charity on 0141 341 5330 or scotland@hearingloss.org.uk