Through #DMUlocal, hundreds of people across Leicester have benefited from free hearing tests administered by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Audiology students.
Working alongside Action Deafness, DMU Square Mile volunteers raise awareness about ear health, share guidance on preventing hearing loss and stage hearing screening events.
The Free Hearing Screenings project engages communities that are hard to reach and has so far resulted in a large number of people being referred to the NHS for hearing aids.
Hearing loss and other issues often go unnoticed, despite having a severe impact on a person’s quality of life.
The aim of the project is to share with communities the warning signs of declining ear health and educate them about what to do if they think they are suffering from an audiological problem.
As a result of Audiology students providing free hearing tests at a DMU pop-up clinic, six-year-old Akhil was diagnosed with glue ear.
Now Akhil is no longer getting into trouble at school because his teachers think he is ignoring them.
As well as having a physical impact, hearing loss can also affect a person’s confidence and, as a result, make them feel isolated.
The Free Hearing Screenings project can have a transformative effect on communities in Leicester, and it also has a massive impact on its volunteers.
DMU Audiology students benefit from vital hands-on experience performing hearing checks, building consultation skills and developing a good rapport with patients.
All of this provides volunteers with valuable employability skills.
If you would like to take part in the Free Hearing Screenings project, visit the DMU Square Mile website for further information about how to apply.
Or to find out more about #DMUlocal projects, click here.