11/02/2016

What Loop Where: Let’s Loop Advice Sessions

Let’s Loop Swindon rechecks Supermarkets, Pharmacies and plans Advice Sessions on Hearing Loops

Let's Loop Swindon sponsored by C4A Rotary

Let’s Loop Swindon is a community project designed to improve both awareness of and the provision of hearing loops in the town. The group is organised by the Rotary Community Corps, working in partnership with the charity Hearing Link. Partners involved in the Let’s Loop Swindon Steering Group include Voluntary Action Swindon, Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Equalities Coalition, the Zurich Community Trust, SEQOL, and the National Trust.

In January 2015, Let’s Loop Swindon reported that nearly two thirds of Swindon’s supermarkets had no hearing loops installed to support their hard-of-hearing customers.

Let’s Loop Swindon volunteers recently rechecked supermarkets and found that the situation has improved dramatically. The new survey shows that nearly two thirds of supermarkets checked (27 of 44) now have hearing loops installed.

The group’s volunteers also undertook a recheck of loop provision across the town’s pharmacies, which were originally surveyed in September 2014. The results show a small increase in the number of loops installed, but a significant improvement in the number working (89% compared to 71% in 2014, covering 29 pharmacies).

On the 24th February at the Civic Offices, Let’s Loop Swindon have invited Andrew Thomas, the Vice Chair of the International Hearing Loop Manufacturers Association (IHLMA) to introduce the different types of hearing loop available and advise on suitability for different applications.

There will be two one-hour ‘What Loop Where’ sessions at 12:30pm and 1:30pm on the 24th February, which are free to attend. These advice sessions will be ideal for any organisation or group looking to install or refresh a hearing loop in the future. To book a place, please email info@1100rotaryeclub.org

During 2016, Let’s Loop Swindon will aim to broaden its remit by raising more awareness about hearing loss. In particular, the group will be encouraging people to approach hearing tests in the same way as they would eyesight tests.

For more information about Let’s Loop Swindon, contact:
Tim Mason at tim.mason@1100rotaryeclub.org
Steve Aftelak at stephenaftelak@ntlworld.com
Or call: 01793 536815

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