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Yarmouth deaf urged to aid research

PUBLISHED: 14:40 14 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:01 03 July 2010

RNID is inviting people with hearing loss in Great Yarmouth to take part in two pieces of vital research which could help improve support for people who wear hearing aids and families who have deaf or hard of hearing relatives.

RNID is inviting people with hearing loss in Great Yarmouth to take part in two pieces of vital research which could help improve support for people who wear hearing aids and families who have deaf or hard of hearing relatives.

The charity, which is working to create a world where deafness or hearing loss don't limit opportunity, and where people value their hearing, is looking for people who have been fitted with a NHS hearing aid during the last five years to take part in a 45 minute one-to-one interview about the support they received to help use and maintain their aids properly.

For another piece of research, RNID would like to speak with hearing aids users along with at least one other member of their household. These interviews will look at how families influence a person's reaction to their hearing loss and its impact on their lives.

Roger Wicks, RNID's Director of Research & Policy, says: “We're looking forward to speaking with people in Great Yarmouth to get an invaluable insight into the impact of hearing loss on families, and also get the views from local hearing aid users about whether they had adequate support to help them adjust to life with a hearing aid.

“The interviews will be a great opportunity to highlight issues which can inform us about the ways people react to hearing loss and how best they can be supported. If you can help, we'd be delighted to speak with you - in complete confidence - in your home or a local location, at a convenient time during the next two months.”

For more information or to take part in the research, contact RNID's research and policy team on telephone: 020 7296 8211, textphone: 020 7296 8001 ext 8211 or e-mail: consultations@rnid.org.uk


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