Hear Here! The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hosts free audiology open day – 3 December

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Hear Here! The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hosts free audiology open day – 3 December
23 November 2015

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is hosting an Open Day on Thursday 3rd December between 11.00 a.m. and 12 noon with members of the Audiology Team to provide information on adult and paediatric hearing loss, balance disorders and ear infections as well as the advice and support provided. 

The event is open to patients, staff, public and our members and will be held in the Audiology Department, Out-Patient’s B, North Manchester General Hospital.

Come along and find out how hearing impairments are diagnosed and best managed from the earliest opportunity. 

Did you know?

  • 1 in 6 people in the UK have some form of hearing loss.   Most are older people who are gradually losing their hearing as part of the ageing process, with more than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds having some form of loss.
  • 2.2/1000 children are born with a permanent childhood hearing impairment
  • 1.65/1000 children have progressive hearing loss
  • 80% of children will have one episode of glue ear (poor drainage of the middle ear) by the age of 10
  • 8% of children aged 7- 8 years have glue ear

The impact of hearing loss in adults can be great both at a personal and a social level leading to isolation, depression, loss of independence and employment challenges. In children it affects their understanding, learning, communication and confidence.  

Patients referred to the Audiology Department have their initial consultation with an Audiologist to determine their needs and onward management. Treatment is then tailored to the individual.

In the last 12 months, the Audiology Team have:

  • Undertaken 3,150 hearing aid fittings and reviews
  • Assisted 120 people with problematic tinnitus using various techniques to help make tinnitus more tolerable on a daily basis
  • Offered counselling for the elderly and provided support services to patients with mental health issues which helps the patient to lead a more fulfilled and enjoyable life.

Gill Catlow, Audiology & Orthoptics Services Manager said:

“We are very proud of the audiology service we provide.  The Open Day is an ideal opportunity to show what we do and the positive impact this has on our patients.  Come along and feel free to discuss and ask questions of the Audiology Team.”  

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites (The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals and Rochdale Infirmary), to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.  

So far, over 12,000 people have signed up to become members. To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk