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 Dumfries and Galloway. Initially the group had just four drop-in sessions and was run by volunteers. By 2012 the group had expanded to 13 drop-in sessions 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 now has drop-in services in 19 locations, over 55 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 Dumfries and Galloway. This is a developing service. See our Care Home Service page for more information.
We have drop-ins sessions across Dumfries and Galloway, 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.