Help & Support

Durham Deafened Support can offer valuable help and support by offering Community Support Groups including Lip Reading, Tinnitus Support and Events.

Community Support Groups including Lip Reading

All tutors who undertake this group on behalf of Durham Deafened Support are trained by ATLA.  Attendance at groups is by referral only, please contact the office, click here to contact us.

Recent Feedback Received

"Words cannot fully describe the difference that attending this group has made to my mother.  An active, intelligent and educated lady, she was becoming increasingly isolated despite having family and friends.

This group has quite literally transformed her life, providing techniques for dealing with her hearing loss and also support, friendship and warm, caring companionship at the group sessions.  It has helped us as a family to better communicate and we are extremely grateful for all it has done to improve our mothers quality of life.

A Big ‘Thank You’"

Details of Community Support Groups

Newton Aycliffe

Monday - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sedgefield

Monday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Durham

Wednesday - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Horden

Wednesday - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Crook

Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Horden

Thursday - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Spennymoor

Thursday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Stanley

Friday - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Lanchester

Friday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cochlear Implant Friendship Group

Do you have a Cochlear Implant, require about the programme or just want to know more about the procedure.

If so DDS can help we offer regular cochlear implant friendship groups supported by Palantype.  The next group takes place on Tuesday 21st August at Bowburn Hall Hotel when a representative from Advanced Bionics will be present to assist queries about ordering parts.  Please contact DDS if you would like to attend

Diabetes

DDS have been acutely aware of the  number of  our members being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Some of our members undertook a bespoke awareness session  with Palantype facilitating communication, the pace was slower for people to lip-read and digest the information shown. 

Being realistic the aim wasn’t around “ticking a box’ to say a person has attended a structured education session, but that deafened and hard of hearing people with type 2 diabetes receivedthe  information they needed  and felt  they understood their condition and were  able to manage their diabetes better. The course was as light as possible while still getting the message across regarding being responsible for our own health eg diet, fitness, and medication.Diabetes Event.jpg

If you, or someone you know has a hearing loss and has Type 2 Diabetes contact us, this will enable us to keep you informed as to what is happening next

Mental Health

DDS are becoming acutely aware of the links between Mental Health & Hearing Loss.

This is a developing area of work, please watch this space for further details

Benefits

If you are a DDS member and are unsure whether you are in receipt of your correct benefit entitlement or require assistance with forms etc, please get in touch.

We have staff available who are able to specifically help with Benefits

Tinnitus Support

Chester-Le-Street

Last Tuesday of each month (excluding December)

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Langley Moor

Last Tuesday of each month (excluding December)

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Horden

Last Thursday of each month (excluding December)

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Darlington

Last Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays and December)

1:00PM to 2:30PM

Social Group for People with Balance Problems

Do you have symptoms such as 

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Brain Fog
  • Falls
  • Visual Overload

If so DDS have a new social group for people with balance problems which meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Bishop Auckland.  Please contact us for more details