Quota International turns up the volume on support during Hearing Awareness Week

Quota International is giving a shout out for hearing awareness this March.

The Campbelltown branch will be doing its part to reach out to people in the community as part of Hearing Awareness Week from March 1 to 7.

Leading the awareness campaign for the group is Southern Highlands hearing awareness advocate Pat Fulton.

Ms Fulton was a member of the Moss Vale Quota branch for many years until it folded in 2017. In that group she was integral in promoting support available for people with a hearing impairment. She has continued this work since joining the Campbelltown branch.

In fact she will be sharing information about support available at various locations between the Southern Highlands and Macarthur regions during Hearing Awareness Week.

This will include handing out a Hearing Helper - a handy reference booklet developed by Quota members.

The aim of the booklet is to provide guidance and support for the one in six people across Australia who have hearing loss, a condition known as the "invisible handicap".

The booklets are designed to hang on a hook in a convenient location for easy access. They aim to:

  • assist with communication when speaking to someone who may not hear well, whether hearing aids are used or not, and for help with the Cochlear Implant System
  • Provide a helpful resource to promote 'best practice' with hearing issues in health, aged care, community services, the workplace, seniors clubs, retirement villages and for those with hearing impairment who need the help of others such as staff training in hospitals.

Complementary copies for wider distribution can be obtained from Quota Club members.

People in the community will have the chance to learn more about the booklet and other support during a series of stalls during Hearing Awareness Week. These will include:

  • Campbelltown Mall on March 5 from 10am-2pm
  • Mittagong RSL Club on March 6 from 10an to 2pm
  • Bunnings Mittagong on March 7 from 9am to 3pm

The stalls will provide an opportunity to book a free hearing screening, free hearing aid checks, learn about Captel phone updates and gain information on the Federal Government Hearing Services program, hearing aids and cochlear implants, and audio loops.

There will also be an opportunity to learn more about local hearing service providers, rehabilitation and how to 'train your brain'to use hearing devices all day.

Details: Pat Fulton on 0409 907 543 or pathearingcoach1@gmail.com

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