A SUPPORT group for people with hearing loss has been established by local audiologist Jodie Miles.
In what is a first for the Mackay region, the locally and volunteer-run initiative provides a supportive peer environment for people coping with hearing loss.
Mackay Hearing principal audiologist and director Jodie Miles said the new support group, named ‘Hear for You’, provides meaningful support not currently available in the region.
“Deaf Services Queensland runs a tremendous program of services for our local Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and, for the first time this will be complemented by a local support group for people managing hearing loss,” Ms Miles said.
“While your audiologist should remain your first point of contact for diagnosis, advice on treatment options and general support, I believe people will also greatly benefit from peer-based support.
“I’ve had many clients ask about the existence of this type of group, and it is very satisfying to be able to help meet this need.”
Participation in the support group is free and open to anyone experiencing hearing loss, as well as their loved ones.
The group is run by volunteers from Mackay Hearing, but is completely independent from the clinic.
“People who use the services of other hearing clinics are more than welcome to attend.”
Hear for You will meet on the second Monday of every month, starting Monday 9 April 2018 at North Mackay Bowls Club.
The format of meetings will range from informal social catch-ups, to more formal information sessions with expert guest speakers.
For more information about Hear for You, visit the ‘Hear You For Mackay’ page on Facebook.