• Gilly and Wendy at the Stoke Poges Dog Show

    Help in Hearing at Stoke Poges Dog Show

    Wendy and Gilly had a great time on Saturday sharing a stall with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People at the Stoke Poges Dog Show at their Village Fete. Help in Hearing sponsored the dog show, which was one of the highlights at the annual fete. There was also a car show, Fancy Dress and Irish dancing. The event was very well attended and the sun just about shone through, although it was so windy that a couple of gazebos went flying at the set-up stage!

    The six categories at the Dog Show were Cutest Puppy, Golden Oldie, Waggiest Tail, Musical Sits, Best Catch and the Dog the judge would most like to take home.

    Alfie was there with Gilly and he came away with two Help in Hearing Rosettes. Fairly judged by the Hearing Dogs volunteers, Alfie came 2nd in the Golden Oldies at the grand age of 11 years and he came 3rd in Musical Sits, as Gilly’s husband disco danced around the arena and encouraged Alfie to sit with quite a few treats. If Kevin had been there, we think Alfie would also have done better in the waggiest tail category!

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    Photos from the Stoke Poges Dog Show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People


  • Quiz night winning team

    Help in Hearing Quiz Night Success

    As part of National Deaf Awareness Week, on May 15th Help in Hearing held their first ever Charity Quiz Night at the Emperor in Farnham Common. The event was a great success, raising £285 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

    Hearing Dogs charity donation certificate
    We’re thrilled to receive our certificate from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for our donation of £285.00, raised by everyone who attended our Quiz evening – thanks to all who took part.


    Another Quiz Night is being planned for the Autumn, once again for Hearing Dogs.

    Help in Hearing’s Selma Becker commented: “We were thrilled with the turn out. It was a fun evening of brain teasing trivia and we were very proud of our fundraising efforts. It was also a lovely way to meet some new local people.”

    The winning team, aptly named Dog-Eared, were presented with a Fortnum & Mason hamper that they subsequently donated to another Hearing Dogs event.

    Here are some photos from the evening:

    Quiz night - the winning team
    The winning team

       Quiz night 5


    If anyone is interested in coming along to our next Quiz Night, please contact Gilly on 0345 222 0579 or email Gilly.

    Have you seen our Spring newsletter? Take a look here.

  • Alzheimers Dementia Support - Our Nominated Charity

    Alzheimers Dementia Support

    As some of our clients will already be aware, we have been encouraging feedback on our new-look website. Please do review us on Facebook and Google – let us know what you think. For every review we receive we will make a donation to Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS).

    Alzheimers Dementia Support

    Our nominated charity offers constructive, practical guidance and a range of support services to help people in the local community whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by dementia. Says Senior Adviser Terrie Hall: “At Alzheimers Dementia Support we strive to make a difference by helping those affected to cope better, while giving them the opportunity to experience a little joy and laughter in their difficult lives. We reach out to people with dementia, their carers and families in a wide local area covering Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot, Slough and Langley.”

    As well as drop-in centres which offer information and a multi-lingual service, ADS organise a mix of social activities from lunch, tea dances and singing, to fun days and weekend breaks. There is a regular Alzheimer Cafe – with informative talks on a dementia related theme. They also provide advocacy advice, dementia awareness training, telephone or email support and home visits.

    Contact: Terrie Hall – 07516 165647
    Email: terrie.hall@alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk
    Website: www.alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk

    Hearing loss biggest risk factor for dementia – keep your hearing as sharp as your mind

    As the years go on and more candles appear on our birthday cakes we are bound to incur changes in our minds and bodies, but the less dramatic these changes the better. You may think that losing your hearing and becoming forgetful from time to time is a side effect of growing older but here at Help in Hearing we know that it does not necessarily have to be that way.

    Cognitive function declines if hearing loss is left untreated

    A recent study has found that by treating hearing problems earlier, cognitive decline can be reduced. Over a period of six years, tests were carried out on almost 2,000 patients with a mixture of hearing abilities. The test scores within patients with hearing loss deteriorated 40% faster than in the patients with sound hearing. With figures showing that 2 in 3 of us experience hearing difficulties from the age of 70 onwards, it is crucial to tackle the problem sooner rather than later.

    Hearing loss – the link with dementia

    The study has also brought up questions concerning the link between hearing loss and dementia. Enhancing your hearing can reduce signs of dementia and the vulnerability that goes with it. These findings show that it has never been a more important time to get in touch and book a hearing test. We can offer expert advice on how to minimise the risk of hearing loss and therefore hopefully keep your brain as alert and active as ever.

    Alzheimers Dementia Support – how you can help

    For every review on Facebook or Google we receive, we are making a donation to Alzheimers Dementia Support. If you’d like to help, please visit our Leave a Review page for details on how to leave your review, and how to enter the competition to win a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bone conductor headphones.

  • Charity firewalk for Action on Hearing

    Gilly’s firewalk raises £605 for charity Action on Hearing Loss

    In an earlier blog we told you that our Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, was about to do a charity firewalk. Well, we’re thrilled to report that Gilly has raised £605 for hearing charity Action on Hearing Loss, by doing a firewalk on the 2nd November. The firewalk involved walking barefoot across 15 feet of burning embers, which reach temperatures as high as 800 degrees!

    After the event, Gilly said:

    “The Firewalk was fantastic. The event was led by Scott Bell, twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest fire walking distance. He was so inspiring that I didn’t once believe I couldn’t do it. In fact I ended up walking over the hot embers three times! I have raised £605 for Action on Hearing Loss and would like to thank everyone for their wonderful generosity and to Selma Becker for all her support. No blisters, just a big smile on my face and a cheer at the end.”

    Here are some photos from the event:

    Gilly after doing the firewalk  The group celebrate their firewalk achievement  Gilly raised £605 for the Action on Hearing Loss charity


    Photo by Joshua Newton on Unsplash


  • Charity firewalk for Action on Hearing

    Walking on fire for charity

    Gilly Wright will do a firewalk in NovemberOur new Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, is taking her role so seriously she has volunteered to walk across 15 feet of burning embers in London on 2nd November, for Action on Hearing Loss.

    No tricks, no special effects, just the firewalk. If she can walk a path as hot as 800 degrees, imagine what else she might be capable of!

    Action against Hearing Loss is the largest charity in the UK, funding research and support for people affected by hearing loss. Anyone who is interested in sponsoring Gilly on her firewalk please ask for the sponsorship form when you next call in to one of our hearing clinics. Or go to Gilly’s Just Giving page to donate.


    Update: To find out how Gilly got on and how much she raised for charity, please view our update article.

  • Hear in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Pink October – let’s all help!

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With the special edition pink Oticon Opn™, you can open a world of better hearing and show your support for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research. We talk about the Hear in Pink campaign.

    Contact us to get your hands on a pair.

    Call us on 0845 222 0579 or email us NOW.

    Donating £5 for every Oticon Opn sold during October

    Help support breast cancer awareness Oticon will donate £5 for every Opn™ purchased during October to Breast Cancer Care UK to support this amazing charity. And here at Help in Hearing, we will match Oticon’s donation and also donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care UK for every Oticon Opn purchased during October.

    Support your community with “Hear in Pink”

    Join us during October and support Breast Cancer Awareness, with some brilliant materials provided by Breast Cancer Care UK. You can download posters, bunting and flyers from the Breast Cancer Awareness website.

    Get Connected!

    Get the Oticon Opn and support Breast Cancer AwarenessFollow us on Twitter @HelpinHearing and use the hashtag #HearInPink to get all the latest information and to help support breast cancer awareness. You can also Like our Facebook page.

    We look forward to jointly supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with you and Oticon.



    Breast Cancer Awareness Banner 460

    Contact us to get your hands on a pair.

    Call us on 0845 222 0579, or e-mail us NOW.