March 2009: The Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service is celebrating helping over 4000 people with hearing loss through its Mobile Hearing Support Service.
One of the first clinics visited by the mobile service after passing this key milestone was the Royston Health Centre on Melbourn Street.
The mobile service provides free advice and support to people affected by hearing loss, as well as basic hearing aid maintenance and new batteries. John B, who runs the service, visits 24 health clinics across Hertfordshire every month, and visits other community venues every three months.
Margaret Ehlert from Royston, said the mobile service is useful as it saves her an arduous trip to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
"I think the service is very good for us old people - we can't always get to Addenbrookes, so it's great that we can come here instead," said Margaret.
John B, Mobile Support Officer for the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service said: "I am delighted to have been able to help over 4000 people suffering from hearing loss across Hertfordshire. The Royston Health Centre is consistently one of our busiest clinics, with over 40 people visiting us each month, so it's the ideal place to celebrate this key milestone."
The mobile service is supported by volunteers, who enable more people to get help with their hearing aid and offer support on coping with hearing loss.
Sue Walter from Royston has been volunteering for the charity since 1988. She helps out with the hearing clinic at Royston Health Centre every month, as well as visiting people at residential homes to help them with their hearing aid.
"Because I have hearing loss myself, I want to help other people get the best out of their hearing aid," said Sue.
More volunteers are needed in Royston to help people suffering from hearing loss, in particular housebound elderly people who are unable to travel to their local clinic.
For more information on the mobile service, or to find out about volunteering for the charity, contact the charity on 01707 324 582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.