Kapiti Hearing Group May Close
The Kapiti Hearing Association risks having to close up shop at its next AGM if new committee members cannot be found.
Heather Dawson, the current chairperson, says that although they have a strong membership, she cannot find people to fill committee positions to keep the association running.
The Hearing Association provides support for people with hearing loss.
It can give advice and support to people who are having hearing aids fitted for the first time, make recommendations about visiting a therapist and audiologists, and recommend equipment.
The association also runs events for those with limited hearing.
“Sometimes I get people ringing up in their first month of having a hearing aid fitted, and they say their life has become so noisy they can’t continue with this,” says Ms Dawson.
“The problem is that the first months of hearing aid use is very difficult as the brain is making readjustments in order to respond to the hearing device and to recalibrate.
“Sometimes they just need someone to talk to about their experiences and support in order to get through that first month,” says Heather.
The association will decide at the next AGM (March 26th,2pm, at the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room) if it can continue to provide this service. A new treasurer, secretary and committee are needed.
“If there are people out there who have used this service or who think that this is a service worth saving then now is the time to come forward,” says Heather Dawson.