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  • Santa Fun Run group shot

    Santa Fun Run – We did it!

    We did it! Jan, 5 of our friends and I completed the 5K Santa Fun Run around Dorney Lake last Sunday. We arrived at 10.30 am and pulled on our Santa suits. The day started out quite cold and foggy so we were grateful for the extra layer and the white fluffy beard.

    At 11.30 we moved into the starting lane with all the other Santas for the warm up which consisted of a short dance routine and lots of shouts of “Ho, Ho, Ho” and then we were off!

    Our friends Michael and Andy went off very quickly and finished ahead of us in around 22 minutes. There was a great atmosphere as we jogged around the mostly flat course. On the lake itself, teams of rowers dressed as reindeer raced alongside us. We passed some members of the public out for a nice Sunday morning stroll and some looked quite bemused as 200 or so Santas puffed passed them.

    The Santa Fun Run in aid of ADSThe weather started to improve and the sun came out. About half way around the lake I was getting quite warm so did take off the beard and the Santa hat! Once around the top of the lake we started to head back towards the finish line, which involved running over 3 short bridges before turning the final corner to the home straight.

    With a final surge, I sped towards the finishing line and crossed it just as the clock ticked to…………

    I was very pleased with my time but you will have to wait until 13th December before we reveal it.

    We have already raised over £350 for Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS) – thank you to everyone who made a donation.

    There’s still time to enter our competition

    There is still time to enter our competition to guess the time it took me to complete the 5K Santa Dash. The closest time will receive a £50 John Lewis voucher. To enter call Jan or Gilly on 0345 222 0579, drop into the office or go to our Just Giving page and provide your name and your guess in minutes and seconds. Guesses cost £1 and all proceeds will go to Alzheimers Dementia Support

    Wendy x

  • Training for the Santa Fun Run at Dorney Lake

    Santa Fun Run – Only 1 week to go!

    One week to go! On Friday I collected our race packs and Santa suits from the Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS) team, who have organised the run to raise funds and awareness of the support they offer. ADS is a charity which offers constructive practical guidance and a wide range of services to help people in the local community whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by Dementia. You can visit the ADS website here.

    The Santa suits are great but I’m not sure about the bushy white beard! Watch this space for photos….

    Santa Fun Run at Eton Dorney Lake 24th November

    The cold, dark evenings are less inviting to get out and train but I have completed around 9 miles of running over the week, including a couple of very steep hills. The Santa Dash, which is being held at the Eton Dorney Lake on 24th November, will be a nice flat course.

    Raising funds for ADS

    Jan and I will be joined by 6 friends on Sunday and we are aiming to raise £250 for ADS.

    Thank you to everyone who has made a donation on our Just Giving page or at our clinic.

    We have received donations from some of the hearing aid companies – Sivantos, Starkey and Oticon – whose support is very much appreciated.

    Win a £50 John Lewis voucher

    There is still time to enter the competition to win a £50 John Lewis voucher. Just guess my run time in minutes and seconds when you are in the clinic, by phone or online on the Just Giving page and donate £1. The closest time will win the voucher.

    Wendy x

  • Blackwater Valley Runners

    Santa Fun Run – Wendy’s blog update

    Just a little over 2 weeks now until the Santa Fun Run on 24th November for Alzheimers Dementia Support.

    One of the Alzheimer’s Society’s top tips for reducing the risk of developing dementia is to stay socially active by joining a club, so with this in mind I have joined my local running club The Blackwater Valley Runners.

    Running with a group helps me to run longer distances and build some stamina and the company helps the miles go by more enjoyably.

    The club meets at 7pm and we set off into the cold evening for what I thought would be a gentle 4 mile run. There were 15 other runners in my group and I was able to have a chat with most of them during the run – except when we were running uphill when I needed to save my breath!

    6.5 miles later, I arrived back at the club house, having run further than I was expecting but very pleased that I had kept up with the group.

    Guess the time competition

    To support ADS and have the chance to win a £50 John Lewis voucher, please visit our Just Giving page.  Donate £1 and include your name and the time, in minutes and seconds, that you think it will take me to complete the 5K Santa Fun Run.

  • Training for the Santa Fun Run on the North Downs Way

    Santa Fun Run – Wendy’s update 28th October

    With 4 weeks to go before the Santa Dash at Dorney Lake for Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS), I decided that my training on Saturday would be a long walk rather than a run. I set off from Farnham (Surrey) Station to walk along the North Downs Way national trail to Guildford, covering ten miles. The walk is mostly on woodland paths and is far enough from the road to be unpolluted by noises from traffic.

    The path initially runs alongside farmland and I wished a cheery “good morning” to some sheep and cows before passing through a field of corn.

    There is no definite way to prevent dementia and research continues to investigate how the disease develops. However, there is good evidence that leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing dementia (source: NHS Website).

    My walk not only provided good exercise but was an opportunity to exercise my senses; looking for seasonal changes, listening to bird song and learning about the local nature reserve from information boards.

    To support ADS and have the chance to win a £50 John Lewis voucher, please visit our Just Giving page.  Donate £1 and include your name and the time, in minutes and seconds, that you think it will take me to complete the 5K Santa Dash.

  • Wendy & Jan run the Alzheimers Dementia Support Santa Fun Run on 24th November

    Santa Fun Run – Wendy & Jan are dashing through the snow

    Dashing Through the Snow…..

    …..Guess my time to complete the 5K Santa Dash and win a £50 John Lewis Voucher

    Well I’m hoping there won’t be snow but on 24th November I will be donning my Santa Suit and taking part in the annual Santa Fun Run in support of Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS) and the work they do for the local area. Follow this link to learn more about the service and support Alzhemimers Dementia Support provide. 

    The Santa Fun Run is a 5K fun run around Dorney Lake and I will be joined by Jan Gosling, our secretary at Help in Hearing, and a small group of friends.

    I would like to invite you to support ADS by taking part in a competition to guess the time it will take me to complete the 5K circuit.

    Entries for the competition cost £1, with all proceeds being passed to ADS. To enter, either make a £1 donation on my Just Giving Page, adding your name and how long you think I will take in minutes and seconds or call into the office on 0345 222 0579 and we will record your guess at reception.

    Over the next few weeks I will be keeping you up to date with my training schedule for the Santa Fun Run and will be providing a few clues as to my expected finish time.

    Wendy x

  • Marlow FM Interview 17th September 2019

    Marlow FM interview

    Earlier this month, Selma and Paul Lamb, Technical Director at Starkey Hearing, were interviewed by Chris Zaremba on Marlow FM’s Mid-Morning Matters show. Selma and Paul talked about changes people can experience in their hearing, the latest hearing technology and about the Hearing Health event we are holding at the Marlow Club on October 3rd. There was also a phone-in where listeners called in with questions about their hearing.

    Listen to the Marlow FM interview

    Please click below to listen to the segment. This has been reproduced from a live broadcast and with the permission of Marlow FM. A new browser tab will open and you will see the MP3 player control where you can pause and resume the playing of the audio as you wish.

    Listen to Selma's MarlowFM interview
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    Photos from the interview at Marlow FM:

    Selma Becker and Paul Lamb at Marlow FM
    Selma Becker and Paul Lamb at Marlow FM
    Chris Zaremba, presenter of Marlow FM's Mid-Morning Matters
    Chris Zaremba, presenter of Marlow FM‘s Mid-Morning Matters

  • Thames Valley Spire Hospital, Wexham

    Wendy holding private hearing clinics at Spire Hospital

    Wendy is now offering private hearing clinics at Spire Hospital, WexhamOur new audiologist, Wendy Davies, is now holding private hearing clinics on Monday afternoons at the Thames Valley Spire Hospital in Wexham.

    Wendy will be working closely with ENT Consultants at the Spire Hospital, offering hearing tests and tympanometry. She is now recognised by all the main insurance companies and can see privately insured patients at both the Spire Hospital and at Help in Hearing in Farnham Common.

    Says Wendy: “I am delighted to be working with the Spire team and look forward to now offering this extended service at Help in Hearing.” 

    All private insurance bookings are via ENT consultant referral. For the private hearing clinics at Spire Hospital, these are processed by outpatients at the Hub on: 01753 665429; or at Help in Hearing, call our freephone number: 0345 222 0579 or contact us for more information.

  • Ongoing support from our team

    Audiologist team expands as Wendy Davies joins from Sivantos

    We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Wendy Davies to our audiology team. Wendy joins us from Sivantos, a leading manufacturer of innovative hearing aids where she held the position of National Sales & Audiology Manager. Selma Becker, MD of Help in Hearing welcomes Wendy to the team:

    Selma Becker, MD

    “We are thrilled that Wendy has joined us as an Audiologist and Ear Care Specialist. She has immense knowledge and industry experience, bringing a new dimension to our hearing care audiology team and the service we offer as our business continues to thrive.”

    Wendy initially trained as an audiologist and worked in the NHS for 15 years before joining Siemens (later Sivantos) in 2000 where she was responsible for training and hearing aid supply to the NHS. In 2007, Wendy was appointed Head of Audiology, extending her reach to also include private clinics. After completing an MBA in 2012, Wendy also gained responsibility for sales. Over the years she has also worked with R&D in the deployment of new technologies that revolutionised hearing aid features and client benefits.

    In her national audiology role Wendy became a regular and respected presenter on hearing aid technology at industry conferences worldwide. Her leadership role also included providing clinical support and technical education to the Falkland Islands and developing and implementing the new born hearing screening programme.

    Wendy Davies Audiologist“My first love has always been audiology”, said Wendy, “the opportunity to work with Selma’s team at Help in Hearing has allowed me to get back to grass roots, directly working with and helping people. I know that Selma offers clients the very best in aftercare to ensure they are getting maximum benefit from their aids and I very much want to be a part of this.”

    Wendy continued, “I find hearing aid technology extremely interesting – it has come such a long way since I started fitting hearing aids in 1985 and new functionalities and features are presented to us by all the manufacturers every year. This allows us to provide a great solution for everyone requiring support with their hearing based on their individual needs –there is no “one size fits all”. At Help in Hearing we have access to all the leading suppliers so we can find the right solution for all our clients.”

    Read Wendy’s regular column in our newsletter. 

  • March hearing technology trial

    March Technology Trial

    Make the month of March memorable and trial the latest hearing technology

    Throughout March we are offering you the opportunity to personally trial the latest hearing aid technology.

    Try the new hearing technology throughout March

    At our Technology Days in November we unveiled a host of new hearing aid advances. In case you were unable to attend our events, or have not been able to visit us again since, we thought we would turn March into a memorable month when you can test out the options and, with our help, see what would suit you best.

    Trial the latest hearing technologyAdvice on the right hearing solution for you

    The wealth of choice is almost overwhelming, so our role as independent hearing consultants is to help guide you to the most appropriate solution. Even the best technology needs the support and experience of a healthcare professional, to ensure the most successful outcome for your individual hearing needs. With our dedicated ongoing aftercare, we guarantee that whatever choice is made, it is the right one for you.

    New hearing products available to try

    Book now and you can choose from the new generation Marvel by Phonak which offers true hands-free calls, or the new-look slimline Styletto hearwear by Sivantos. Then there’s the new custom Oticon OPN aid that uses an app to monitor your health and the Starkey Livio device which has a foreign language translation facility, plus motion sensors to monitor falls.

    Book your dedicated free trial appointment now

    Book any time in March to trial this new aid technology in our Farnham Common or Marlow hearing clinics. Call our Freephone number to make an appointment: 0345 222 0579

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Enhance your hearing, life is worth listening to

  • Hearing loss in young people

    Why hearing loss is becoming more common in young people

    We accept that hearing loss is something we may have to deal with as we get older. However, a growing number of young people are now reporting hearing loss to some degree. The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.1 billion people aged between 12 and 35 are at risk of losing their hearing. Below are a few of the problems causing hearing loss in young people, and how we can prevent it.

    Modern technology

    With the rise of modern technology, including personal listening devices, stereo systems, and surround-sound cinema, young people today are being constantly exposed to loud noises. Prolonged exposure to loud music is known to cause tinnitus and even permanent hearing loss. To prevent damage, turn down the volume on your musical devices and consider wearing earplugs to live music events.

    Alcohol

    Studies have shown that alcohol may inhibit your middle ear’s acoustic reflex, which tells your muscles to contract in response to loud noise. The less sensitive your acoustic reflex, the more at risk you are of damaging your hearing. To prevent this, consider reducing your alcohol consumption when you know you will be exposed to loud noise, such as at a live music event.

    Noise pollution

    Young people are reigniting city centre living. Whilst this is having positive consequences for the vibrancy of our cities, noise pollution is also on the increase. From traffic and construction work to community events, city centre living is a hazard for young residents’ hearing. Even living next door to a noisy dog can put you at risk. To prevent hearing loss, plant bushes and trees around your home to block out noise. Wear earplugs at night to give your ears a reprieve. Alternatively, invest in soundproof insulation to keep the city noise outside.

    Going forward

    There are many things you can do to prevent hearing loss in young people in our noisy, modern world. Going forward, ensure you get regular hearing check-ups. Identifying a problem early on is vital to avoid permanent hearing loss.

    If you do notice a decline in your hearing, consider seeking advice about hearing aids. Studies suggest that attitudes toward hearing aids are becoming more positive. Hearing aids are no longer associated with seniors or being slow. In fact, 60% of young people now say they “would not hesitate to use them, if needed” to solve their hearing problems for good.

    Hearing loss in young people – where to find out more

    If you’d like to find out more about how to protect your hearing, visit our Hearing Protection page. 

    At Help in Hearing we can advise on the most appropriate hearing protection from custom made solutions, in the ear monitors, electronic noise suppressors for those that shoot or a non-customised product, should you need something urgent for a one off event. We also supply customised swim moulds. If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss your hearing or have your hearing tested, please fill in our online form.