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Living Options Northern Devon (Formerly the See Hear Centre)

Living Options Northern Devon, supporting you with information, advice and equipment for sight and hearing loss. The team also signpost to additional support services locally for disabled people and members of the Deaf Community.

A room with different types of equipment to help you see and hear if your have a sensory loss impairment. A man is stood with a woman and uses a magnifier to read a book.
  • I have a hearing aid but can’t hear people on the phone
  • I have been told that I have Macular Degeneration and they can’t do anything for me. I’m worried that I’ll go blind.
  • The ringing in my ears doesn’t stop and no-one seems to understand
  • I don’t go out anymore because I can’t see well enough

Finding everyday life difficult because of hearing or sight loss?

We support you to find solutions to the day to day problems you experience because of your sight or hearing loss, including advice and support for Tinnitus.

Sensory Loss Equipment Advice

The sight and hearing team will carry out an informal consultation with you and advice on the equipment which might improve how you hear or how you read and see.  The team have lots of different equipment and tools for sight and hearing loss, such as magnifiers and adapted telephones, they can demonstrate these to you and you can ‘try before you buy’.

Skills for Seeing

Macular conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or juvenile dystrophies, cause loss of central vision. Skills for seeing training can help you to use your vision more effectively.  Learning new ways of seeing can help with reading, taking care of yourself, getting about and watching TV.  We have trained staff skilled in teaching two techniques which can help you use your vision more effectively. Please contact us for more information.

Sensory Loss Training

The team also provide one to one training for people with sight or hearing loss on using a smartphone, computer or tablet so that you maintain your confidence and independence as your sight and hearing deteriorate.  Please contact us for more information.

Lipreading Classes

These are available. What is Lip reading? More information can be found here

The See Hear Centre becomes Living Options Northern Devon

Our sight and hearing loss support and advice team are now based in Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, as part of our Northern Devon hub.  The team provide advice and support not just on sensory loss but also free, confidential, advice and information helpline to help you maintain your independence, confidence and wellbeing.

Usually, the centre is open on Tuesdays, 9am – 5pm.  During the pandemic we have been offering support online, over the telephone and by email.  We look forward to seeing people face to face at Roundswell in the coming months by pre booked appointments.  We will be taking appointments soon. Read more on this here.

Our Sight and Hearing team are still here to help

Our friendly team are still available on the telephone or email and can signpost you to other organisations in your area that may be able to help face to face.  The team can also talk to you on Zoom.

Please contact Jan on our freephone number 0300 303 3691 or telephone 01271 373 236  Text / SMS: 07831 515809

You can also contact the Hub team via email info@livingoptions.org.  Please get in touch we’re here to help.

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