Lip-reading to help those with hearing impairment in Dungannon area

Hearing impairment
Hearing impairment

Lip-reading classes have been introduced by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to help clients across the region which includes Dungannon with a hearing impairment.

The classes provide an introduction to British sign language, fingerspelling, awareness on hearing loss and offer guest speakers from charities including Hearing Link and Action on Hearing Loss.

Classes will begin in St Luke’s Hospital, Armagh on May 11.

Bernarde Kilgallon and Sinead McElroy, who work in the Sensory Disability team within the Trust are facilitating the classes after qualifying as lip reading teachers last year.

Francis Rice, the Southern Trust’s Director of Mental Health and Disability said: “It provides support, builds confidence and coping strategies for many difficult situations, helping people with hearing issues to improve their ability to communicate with others and enhance their overall quality of life.”

If you are interested in attending please contact Bernarde Kilgallon on Tel: 028 3741 2364 or Email: Bernarde.Kilgallon@southerntrust.hscni.net.