Clubs and Groups
Living with hearing loss or tinnitus can be a challenge which can be helped by sharing your experience with others. It may be that you have wisdom that you are unaware of that will prove invaluable to some of those in a similar situation. We have a social group, a tinnitus support group and a BSL practice group. Read on for details.
Tinnitus Support Group
The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. Approximately 5% of the adult population in the UK experience persistent or troublesome tinnitus.
There are a number of ways in which troublesome tinnitus can be managed to help reduce its presence and to avoid or reduce other unwelcomed effects such as anxiety, tension or disturbed sleep. Doing something to manage tinnitus better can help avoid a vicious circle of increased anxiety or frustration which otherwise can lead to greater tinnitus.
The Tinnitus Support Group exists to provide a greater understanding of tinnitus and its effect on those who experience tinnitus. We have both formal and informal discussions and talks relating to tinnitus and associated problems. External speakers are invited to contribute in the formal meetings and share their knowledge on advances in the field of tinnitus treatment and research.
The Hard Of Hearing (HUSH!) Club is a social group that provides emotional support for those with hearing loss. HUSH! Club meets monthly for a wide range of activities, including visiting speakers, trips to local places of interest, captioned theatre performances, meals out and quizzes. The Club is open to anyone who is hard-of-hearing or has hearing difficulties, together with their relatives, friends and carers.
HUSH! provides an opportunity to meet with others who have similar hearing problems with the aim of providing a friendly atmosphere that helps to relieve the stress of hearing loss. It is an opportunity to chat with others about your experience and receive advice on how to cope in everyday situations.
At all of the meetings, a loop system is in operation and speakers are briefed beforehand to speak clearly consider where they stand in relation to the lighting of the room.
BSL Practice Group
The BSL Practice Group may be for you if you looking to improve your sign language skills or would like to meet other sign language users over coffee and biscuits in a friendly and relaxed environment. It might be that you are learning BSL or that you are just looking for somewhere to brush up your skills. If you are, then come along to our BSL practice group. All are welcome regardless of signing ability and we hope to see you here.
The BSL Practice Group is group led meaning that the members decide on the topic of conversation for each session so that everyone has an equal chance to contribute and polish up their BSL.