Hearing loss will be the subject of health evening

HEARING loss will be the subject of a patient information evening in Bognor Regis.

Maywood Patient Group has organised the event to help people understand the widespread problem.

Peter Coles, the group’s chairman, said deafness was a health matter with which a lot of people had to deal.

“Whether we are affected ourselves, or have to deal with it because friends or family matters are affected, we need to understand better how to handle poor hearing.”

The evening will take place at 7pm on May 9 at Marion’s Restaurant in Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital on Shripney Road.

It will be addressed by Cathy Cobbold. She became deaf overnight in 1989 and has learnt to lip read and help others who need to understand life for a deaf person.

This includes advising and teaching doctors and nurses.

She also represents hard-of-hearing people on county council committees developing new services.

Mr Coles draws attention in the latest patient group newsletter to the danger of being left out socially by not recognising, accepting or taking action on hearing loss.

“Older men in particular try to ignore the problem and just turn up the telly,” he said. “There is a great deal of help available.”

Free tickets for the evening are available from the reception desk at Maywood Surgery on Hawthorn Road.