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Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
This monthly café is hosted by Health Connections Mendip alongside voluntary sector organisations that will be available to offer support and information. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee to meet other people who are in a similar situation to you. Drop in anytime between 1-30 -3pm. Held at Shepton Mallet Community Hospital alongside the hearing aid maintenance service.
Dates for 2020: 27th Jan, 24th Feb, 23rd mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 10th Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 30th Nov, 28th Dec
Please note the café will meet on a Tuesday if the monthly Monday falls on a Bank Holiday)
Come along to this free, friendly, supportive Meniere’s peer support group and meet others who’ve been affected by this condition. Get support and support others. Friends and family members welcome.
When:Monday 17th Feb 2020.
Where: Upstairs boardroom at Frome Medical Practice, Enos Way, BA11 2FH
Time: 1:00 pm-2.30pm
This group runs at the same time every three months- 11th May 2020, 17th August 2020 and 16th November 2020
RUH supplied hearing aid – free batteries available from Frome Community Hospital or Priory Health Park Wells. Or from the Audiology Department of RUH. You will need your hearing aid record card or book.
Musgrove Park hearing aid – free batteries from Vine Surgery, Glastonbury Surgery or West Mendip Hospital. You will need your hearing aid record card or book.
If you have an NHS hearing aid supplied by Musgrove Park Hospital you can request a repair appointment by contacting the Audiology Department at Musgrove Hospital. Contact details below or text the word ‘audiology’ followed by your message to 07768-258508
Virgin volunteers hold clinics for those who have hearing aids provided by RUH.
These are held in Frome Medical Practice fortnightly on Thursday morning and in Shepton Mallet on Monday afternoons once a monthly – drop in .
Frome Medical Practice
Fortnightly drop-in sessions on Thursdays 9.30-11am:
Dates for 2020: Jan 2nd, 16th & 30th, February 13th & 27th, March 12th & 26th, April 9th & 23rd, May 7th & 21st, June 4th & 18th, July 2nd, 16th & 30th, August 13th & 27th, Sept 10th & 24th, October 8th & 22nd, November 5th & 19th, December 3rd & 17th.
Shepton Mallet Community Hospital
Monthly drop-in session on Mondays 1-30 -3pm (Tues if Bank Holidays):
Dates for 2019: 28 Jan, 25 Feb, 25 Mar, April – no clinic, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 12 Aug, 9 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 30 Dec
Wells Health Centre
Mondays 1pm-3pm booking essential. (Tues if Bank Holidays).
To book for Wells please call 01749-836500.
This leaflet contains information on support organisations for people with hearing loss in Mendip. Click on leaflet below.
This monthly cafe is hosted by Health Connections Mendip alongside voluntary sector organisations that will be available to offer support and information. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee to meet other people who are in a similar situation to you. Drop in anytime between 9.30 and 11.30 am. Held at Frome Medical Practice in the Boardroom.
Dates for 2020: 16th Jan, Feb 13th, March 12th, April 9th, May 7th.
We train clever dogs to help deaf people. That’s what we do in a nutshell – we train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss – simple sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives.
A hearing dog and their deaf recipient need to be carefully matched to ensure the partnership will work well. So many little things need to be taken into consideration – for example, we wouldn’t match a bouncy, bubbly Labrador with a 70-year-old lady with mobility problems. But that Labrador would make a great companion for a fit 35-year-old who loves going out jogging every morning. We take these important lifestyle factors very seriously to ensure we make the right match. Matches can take up to three years. There is so much more to find out so please contact Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Somerset County Council’s sensory loss team are trained to work with people with sight and/or hearing loss. Workers can visit you at home and arrange to provide you with support to help keep you independent. Services include provision of equipment and rehabilitation, along with advice and information on a range of specialist organisations for people with sight and/or hearing loss.
The DeafPLUS Mobile Advisory Service gives advice and information on all aspects of hearing loss. You can find out more information about where our mobile advisory service will be and when by contacting us by phone or email, or go to our website for information on support.
A Communication Skills Group provides an ideal opportunity to practise lipreading skills in a friendly, relaxed and informal setting. You will learn from each other and the tutor those situations and behaviours, which make it challenging to lipread and the strategies you can use to help yourself and others around you. Sharing experiences of living with a hearing loss can be invaluable, as being deaf or hard of hearing can be very isolating. Classes are FREE and take place weekly (during term-time).
Groups are held in Frome, Glastonbury & Castle Cary – For further details contact the tutor Gill Cumming or Deafplus.
Mid Somerset Tinnitus Self Help Group – Wells
This is a self-help group for people with tinnitus which can often be accompanied by hyperacusis. Support groups can be very useful, at the very least, you learn that you are not alone and can exchange helpful coping strategies. It’s also very useful for family and friends as they will get a much better appreciation of the extent and range of problems. We have a member who is a hearing therapist with tinnitus and we have had visits from other professionals.
We welcome anyone – people with tinnitus, friends, relatives or those who just wish to learn more – to our meetings, which are held quarterly in the evening. We meet in the Wells Fire Station Community Room. Meeting details are available on the British Tinnitus Association website www.tinnitus.org.uk or by emailing or calling Mike Rowe
Action on Hearing are experts in providing support and information for people with hearing loss and tinnitus. We supply communication services and training. We offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing. We send out leaflets and catalogues. We have a Samaritan trained person to support people overwhelmed by Tinnitus. For more information about the service, visit our website or call the freephone number below.