Assessing the needs of deaf and hard of hearing communities


This post is a slight divergence from the workplace theme, although the outputs from health needs assessments are still very relevant to us all.

For those of you keeping up to date with the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on hearing loss (I mentioned them in one of my recent weekly round ups), you might have spotted in the notes of the last meeting that there was an intention to issue some guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).  These groups have a key role in organising the delivery of health care in England including the provision of health services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The proposal to issue such guidance reminded me of some work I did a few years ago to help local authorities assess the needs of their local deaf and hard of hearing populations, placing them in a better position to plan future services and health care.  In assessing such need, there are a number key areas that need to be considered:

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Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far

I have to admit that I’m lucky not to suffer from tinnitus to any great degree.  I do have a high pitched hum when I remove my hearing aids, which can be a little distracting, but its certainly not the overwhelming sound that some people can find completely debilitating.

I’m therefore not able to draw on my own personal experiences when writing about tinnitus, so instead I’ve taken the opportunity to spend a few hours doing some research to learn more about it.   Here I share the fruits of my labours drawn mainly from the excellent websites that I’ve referenced below. Continue reading Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far

A price worth paying?

I’ve recently been involved in an email exchange with a friend about the implantable hearing aids produced by Phonak called the Lyric. My friend described them as “life changing” and I was intrigued to find out what the difference was between these and my normal hearing aids.

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Blog update and plans for 2016

I hope you’ve all had a lovely time over the Christmas period and have some great plans to celebrate the New Year!

You might have noticed that I’ve been quieter than usual in the past week and as well as having some down time myself with family, I’ve also been working on transferring this blog onto my own website, Continue reading Blog update and plans for 2016