Bridging the Gap operates across Cumbria providing practical advice and support to people who have an acquired hearing loss.
One in six people may be affected by hearing loss or deafness and with an ageing population we can expect to see these figures steadily increase in the future.
Hearing loss can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Not only is this a frustrating and debilitating condition but it can affect relationships with family, friends and colleagues leaving people feeling socially isolated and withdrawn. People of working age may find their employability is threatened even though they are fully capable of working with minor adjustment to their environment.
Bridging the Gap offers services that support people to regain their independence and enjoy life to the full.
Modern hearing aids are amazing pieces of equipment that give freedom to many people, but like most frequently used electronic pieces of equipment needs regular maintenance and care to ensure that they are working efficiently.
Imagine not being able to communicate or hear the voices of your loved ones simply because you haven’t maintained your hearing aid?
Bridging the Gap provides drop-in services to people that have NHS hearing aids to provide simple checks and maintenance to avoid unnecessary frustration and isolation for people in Cumbria. Although a funded service, this funding does not fully cover all costs and therefore requires subsiding to maintain the level of service we provide. A donation of £3.00 per person, per visit is recommended to support the service in your area. We thank you for your understanding and continued support.
The clinics are accessible and local, especially in areas where people would have to travel long distances to reach their Audiology Department.
Our fully trained team can clean, re-tube and provide new batteries for most types of NHS hearing aids (please call in advance to check that we have supplies that are compatible with your type of hearing aid).
Whilst you are there the team can discuss your hearing loss and offer practical advice on specialist equipment that may help you to carry out everyday tasks that may seem difficult right now. (N.B. We do not sell equipment or endorse any manufacturers, we simply inform our service users of technology and aids on the market that they may wish to make an informed decision about).
So, don’t let you or a loved one suffer in silence, contact Bridging the Gap or click on the link below to find a drop-in clinic in your area.
Find out about our Drop In times and venues here Drop In Details_Sep 17
T: 01228 595937
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 12.30pm
Thursdays 10am – 3pm
As the HEAR Centre is staffed mainly by volunteers we advise you to ring 01228 547561 to check that it is open before setting out on a long journey.
2 Long Lane
Carlisle CA3 8TA
218 Tulketh Road
Ashton on Ribble
Tel: 01772 732313
Fax: 01772 768726
PLUNGINGTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Tel: 01772 827840
Centre for Adoption Support (CfAS)
T: 01925 534 118
Innovation Forum, 51 Frederick Road,
Salford M6 6FP
T 0161 743 3698
Concurrent Planning (Babies 0-3years)
T 0161 743 3682
2 Long Lane
Tel: 01228 595937
23 Sedgwick Street
Tel: 01772 561323
61 Furness Avenue
Tel: 01253 302069
Fax: 01253 300003