The Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group was established in 2008 by a resident of Dumfries who had hearing loss and felt that more could be done to support people with hearing loss in D&G. Initially the group had just four drop-ins and was run by volunteers. By 2012 the group had expanded to 13 drop-ins and needed to employ a service co-ordinator to manage the day to day running of the group. In 2014 the group became a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and has continued to grow and develop services for people with hearing loss, their families and the people that support them. The group has drop-ins in 19 locations, over 45 volunteers and an operations group made up of representation for Health and Social Care, volunteers and a Management Board.
The group is run by a management board with co-opted members from, D&G NHS and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland.
We have recently introduced a new service for care homes in D&G. This is a developing service. See our Care Home Service page for more information.
We have drop-ins across D&G, which enable people to access a local service rather than having to make a trip or get an appointment in Dumfries or Stranraer with the Audiology Department for basic care and maintenance.