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MSP Griffin visits Cumbernauld "Hear To Help" session

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011.

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MARK Griffin, a Labour MSP for Central Scotland ended last week with a visit to Link's Sheltered Housing Complex, in Ben Lui, Balloch.
Whilst there, Mark witnessed the ‘Hear to Help’ drop-in sessions in action. The new sessions come after a partnership between Link and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland was announced.
The new ‘Hear to Help’ sessions will soon become a service available at many of Link's Sheltered Housing complexes throughout the West of Scotland.
Whilst there, Mark caught to see how the project was run and how it is used to help people. Trained volunteers educate people on how to maintain and adjust NHS hearing aids, from how to insert their hearing aids, to how to replace tubing and batteries.

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Commenting, after the visit, Mark Griffin MSP said: “I would like to congratulate Action on Hearing Loss on reaching 100 and wish them all the best for the next 100 years.  Having projects like Hear to Help in the area not only means local people can have their hearing aids checked but also provides a social link for people who are hard of hearing or have tinnitus.  I know that hearing loss can be isolating but this project creates an important link in breaking down those barriers.”
Shabnum Mustapha, Action on Hearing Loss Communication and Campaigns Manager, Scotland added: “Action on Hearing Loss is working in Scotland to get the message across that hearing loss shouldn’t limit or label people and also encourage people to value and look after their hearing health.
“Our work on the ‘Hear to Help’ project means that people can find out how to get the best out of their hearing aid and get frontline maintenance. The response we have had from people across the area is that one aspect of ‘Hear to Help’ that is important to them is being able to meet people who also wear hearing aids and to discuss how they manage with hearing loss and tinnitus. 
"Many people with hearing loss feel that they are on their own but the feedback we have had is that ‘Hear to Help’ has provided support and an opportunity to meet others with hearing loss and tinnitus.”

Adding to Mark and Sabnums’ comments, Amy McKay, Sheltered Housing Manger, Link Housing Association said: “We’re delighted to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Centenary Celebrations through their Hear to Help drop-in session in our sheltered housing developments. We know only too well the importance of supporting hearing aid users in our homes and also in the wider community which is why we are encouraging people in Cumbernauld to come in and use the drop-in facility.”

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