Hearing Loss Cornwall is a small and distinctive Cornish charity set up in 1931 to help those confronting deafness and hearing loss to be seen and heard. Our challenge is to ensure that d/Deaf people thrive in a fast-paced world, geared to sound.
We provide access to the support that d/Deaf people require to enable them to live more fulfilling lives, feel more empowered and less isolated.
Through communication, signposting, education, and practical support, we help people to acknowledge their hearing loss and be able to adjust to life with hearing challenges, working closely with audiology teams, Cornwall Council, businesses and service providers.
We also support the Deaf Sign Language community in various ways. We ensure that vital communication support is in place for the non-hearing community to access medical, mental health, dental, social care agencies and other meetings or appointments which are necessary to aid their daily lives. We also liaise with the police, the magistrates and Crown Courts and mental health services or charities to ensure that Deaf people get the help they need when the “hearing” world creates barriers.
HLC offer a valuable and unique service being the acknowledged providers of British Sign Language interpreters and Electronic Note-taking to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, and other hospitals, the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, NHS Kernow, NHS England and The Duchy Hospital and we also offer frontline delivery services to other NHS, GP practices and health and welfare providers as well as to the statutory, voluntary and business sectors.
We help to promote independence, wellbeing and choice by providing services including:
- British Sign Language and communication assistance
- deaf awareness training
- raising awareness of preventable hearing loss
- BSL training courses
- information, advice and signposting
- free NHS hearing aid batteries
- Resource Centre where staff demonstrate and loan hearing assistive equipment to help people live independently
- Hearing Loop installations
- Small grants to hearing impaired people in financial need, hardship or distress
- Support of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clubs or groups
Deafness remains the hidden disability!
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