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Self-help area: Hearing

16 Specific help tasks to complete

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  • I would like to find out more about help available for those who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
    I would like to find out more about help available for those who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
  • I have difficulty hearing people talk on the phone
    I have difficulty hearing people talk on the phone
  • I have difficulty hearing my landline phone ring
    I have difficulty hearing my landline phone ring
  • I have difficulty hearing my bedroom phone ring when I am in bed
    I have difficulty hearing my bedroom phone ring when I am in bed
  • I cannot hear callers at my door (or through my intercom system) because of my hearing loss
    I cannot hear callers at my door (or through my intercom system) because of my hearing loss
  • I cannot hear my alarm clock
    I cannot hear my alarm clock
  • I have difficulty hearing conversations
    I have difficulty hearing conversations
  • I have difficulty hearing my TV or radio
    I have difficulty hearing my TV or radio
  • I struggle to hear my smoke alarm
    I struggle to hear my smoke alarm
  • I am hard of hearing and cannot hear my baby cry through a standard baby monitor
    I am hard of hearing and cannot hear my baby cry through a standard baby monitor
  • I cannot hear a standard carbon monoxide detector and I am concerned about this
    I cannot hear a standard carbon monoxide detector and I am concerned about this
  • I am just beginning to have hearing difficulties e.g. at work, at home, at the leisure centre etc, is there anything to help me?
    I am just beginning to have hearing difficulties e.g. at work, at home, at the leisure centre etc, is there anything to help me?
  • Caring for and wearing your hearing aid or supporting a relative who has one
    Caring for and wearing your hearing aid or supporting a relative who has one
  • Caring for your ears
    Caring for your ears
  • I have a hearing aid and I do not find it useful
    I have a hearing aid and I do not find it useful
  • When I am out and about I struggle to hear in busy environments e.g. crossing roads, in shops, hospitals
    When I am out and about I struggle to hear in busy environments e.g. crossing roads, in shops, hospitals