- Monday, 24 September 2012
Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is offering community groups and charitable organisations across Swansea and Cardiff the chance to borrow a portable hearing induction loop system for free until the end of October – making meetings and events accessible to everyone attending, including those people who use a hearing aid.
A hearing loop is a simple piece of equipment that helps hearing aid users hear conversations, by amplifying speech over background noise.
Hearing aid users describe them as vital for helping them to communicate, but in many public meetings and events, either the hearing loop is not working, or it’s not supplied at all.
Induction loops can be expensive to hire, and smaller community groups may often find they can’t meet the cost of a buying a loop, which can be as much as £2000.
But thanks to Big Lottery funding, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is offering free hire of a portable induction loop until the end of October 2012 to groups across the Swansea and Cardiff area.
In addition, one of the charity’s specially trained volunteers will deliver, set up and pack away the loop as well, providing the perfect hassle-free solution for one-off events and meetings
“Hearing loops aren’t just good news for people with hearing loss – they also show an organisation or service provider’s commitment to accessibility and to the Equality Act 2010”, said Richard Williams, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.