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Help for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing

Hearing loss affects one in six people, with many of these people being older people.

Some people are born deaf or become deaf at an early age, and use British Sign Language.

There are a number of sources of support for hearing loss, such as being assessed for NHS digital hearing aids; having equipment in the home; and joining a lip reading class to learn techniques and skills to help you manage your hearing loss. Becoming hearing impaired can be an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be, help is at hand from a range of sources. For more information see our factsheet Help for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Local service users experiencing hearing loss can help influence change in local services by joining our Deaf, DeafBlind, Deafened and Hard of Hearing Group.

The group meets four times a year at the council’s Badminton Road office in Yate. Key statutory, voluntary, community and faith sector partners and service users come together to discuss ways to remove barriers and accessibility issues which can make it difficult for people experiencing hearing loss to live an independent life.

We are always keen to welcome new members. If you know anyone who might like to join, please contact

Lip reading classes are a great way to improve your communication skills and build confidence. You also get to meet other hearing impaired people to offer and receive support and pick up lots of tips for managing your hearing loss. Classes are fun, friendly and sociable and cover a range of stimulating topics, with opportunities to practice lip reading skills. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an experienced lip reader to attend.

Classes take place in the following venues during term time:

  • Chipping Sodbury Old Grammar School Rooms on a Monday from 10am – midday
  • Thornbury Armstrong Hall on a Wednesday from 1.30 to 3.30pm
  • Warmley War Memorial and Community Centre on a Wednesday from 10am to midday

For further information or for an informal chat please call Mary Hall, Lip Reading Teacher, on 077902 83939.

National charity Action on Hearing Loss also provide an extensive range of factsheets and leaflets relating to all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus on their website. You can access them here.

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