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Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing Group

As at 31 March 2017 there were 175 people (173 as at 31 March 2016) in South Gloucestershire registered as having a hearing impairment.

The group continues to focus on raising awareness of the impact of hearing loss in South Gloucestershire and works with other organisations, providers and individuals that have a hearing loss to ensure people are able to access appropriate support and advice. Work over the last year has included:

  • Maintaining an online calendar of information about hearing loss
  • Contributing to a Healthwatch event to understand and improve services available for people with a hearing loss
  • Continuing to survey the accessibility of hearing loops in the South Gloucestershire community
  • Raising awareness of training courses, materials, support available in South Gloucestershire
  • Working to the Deaf, Deafened, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing Group action plan, incorporating the findings from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Contributing to the new hearing loss chapter of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Chapter
  • Raising awareness of dual sensory impairment
  • Following the closure of South Glos Deaf Association we have been working with Gloucestershire Deaf Association and Bristol Centre of the Deaf