Hi Kent: helping deaf and hard of hearing people in Kent connect with those around them

One person in every five is deaf or hard of hearing, and Hi Kent provides specialist hearing equipment, help, information and advice to overcome the social isolation that deafness can cause – supporting over 70,000 people last year.

Many people suffering from hearing loss make excuses not to go out or attend family and social gatherings, because they are often embarrassed by their hearing loss and not being able to communicate.

In many cases they are aware of other people’s lack of patience and understanding when they are asked to repeat what they have said. They often retreat to the sanctity of their homes and quickly become marginalised and excluded.

KE and client

Hi Kent has a unique county-wide network of free Hearing Aid Aftercare Community Outreach Clinics in local towns and villages, where a dedicated team of unpaid, trained volunteers, who are often deaf themselves, supply and fit replacement batteries and clean and re-tube hearing aids for users who are unable to maintain their own aids.

Home visits are provided to people unable to travel to these Clinics due to illness or frailty.  Hi Kent was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for this unique service in 2007.

British Sign Language class

Lipreading Classes

Hi Kent runs local Lipreading Classes throughout Kent, which are taught by experienced, fully-qualified Tutors of Lipreading to Adults. Lipreading makes a profoundly life-changing difference to people with a hearing loss and can lead better communication and renewed participation in family and social life.

Tinnitus Support Groups

Hi Kent also provides free Tinnitus Support Groups for the 1 in 10 people who suffer from this condition; very successful British Sign Language Courses to Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Taster Courses; and Deaf Awareness Courses.

Money raised through Leftovercurrency.com will make a huge difference to Hi Kent, and will be specifically used to support and extend Hi Kent’s network of Lipreading Classes and Tinnitus Support Groups.

website: hikent.org.uk