Hearing Awareness Week is winding down after what has been the busiest campaign in its seven year history. This year’s initiative kicked off with a launch event in the Red Cow Hotel, with almost 600 Age Action members celebrating the launch with a Dickie Rock concert.
On Tuesday, the Northern Ireland campaign commenced, launched by ITV Daybreak GP, Dr Hilary Jones, who conducted a number of high profile media interviews to promote the hearing healthcare message. On the same day, Hidden Hearing officially opened a state-of-the-art hearing healthcare centre in Ennis, with a huge number of supporters turning out to celebrate the occasion. TV presenter and health journalist, Dr Nina Byrnes cut the ribbon on the day.
Wednesday was the turn of Cork, where Hearing Awareness Week was celebrated with a concert by Eurovision singer, David O’ Connor and Cork showband legend, Declan Ryan. The message of the campaign is that hearing loss shouldn’t stop you having a good time.
The Irish Deaf Society has been very active throughout Hearing Awareness Week, providing a number of Deaf Awareness Training sessions with schools and colleges. Fun and interactive, the aim of the training is to provide knowledge and strategies for improving the interaction between Deaf and hearing people through challenging attitudes, promoting deaf inclusion, reducing discrimination and improving access and equality for Deaf people.
And throughout Hearing Awareness Week the Mobile Hearing Clinic travelled the country providing free hearing screenings.
Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.