In The Loop provides a range of services for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, for their families and for their employers. These may be individually tailored support services or group workshop sessions.
FSB member, Sally Joyner is based in Shrewsbury and helps families as well as individuals come to terms with hearing loss. In The Loop offers bespoke training, lip-reading courses, family classes and ‘deaf awareness in the workplace’ training.
Sally is a member of ATLA, The Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults, and she stresses the importance of learning lipreading skills as soon as possible because, as hearing deteriorates, lipreading becomes harder to learn.
She often teaches lipreading as a group – for family, friends and colleagues – it’s learning how to speak clearly, using eyes as well lips to convey expressions which help with interpreting words: ‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’. Anyone who is hard of hearing can learn to match lip movement with sounds which will help enormously later on.
A lipreading class helps with understanding the way lips move, while words are spoken. It demonstrates how to use clues to understand language, how important facial expression is and body language and how these become clues for lipreading.
Sally can also offer advice and guidance about hearing aids, what services are available where you live and the possibility of joining a small support group of people who are all in the same situation locally.
Lipreading could be the difference between becoming isolated and alone and continuing to participate in everyday life activities. It can help with personal relationships too, when you develop hearing loss it can impact on your family and create misunderstandings.
If you, or someone close to you, has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, it can be a bewildering time as you try to navigate what services you can access, what support you are entitled to and what strategies you can put in place to make life that little bit easier.
Sally can help you in a number of ways including:
- One to one support for individuals, family members or groups
- Communication tips
- Local support and where to find it
- Strategies for everyday life
Often one hour is all it takes to make a huge difference. Cost varies depending on where you live. Call Sally on 07905 955841 or email her via her website