Hearing and Sight Care provide free and confidential support to people with hearing and sight loss.
Previously Caithness Deaf Care, we were established in 1994 by a woman who had hearing loss and who recognised the need for local services for people in remote and rural areas.
As demand grew, we identified a need for dual sensory services and after a pilot offering services for people with visual impairment as well, Caithness Deaf Care was relaunched in 2014 as Hearing and Sight Care covering Caithness and the north of Sutherland.
We currently have three members of staff and a dedicated team of volunteers who work within two drop-in centres in Wick and Thurso, as well as out in the community.
We work in partnership with NHS Audiology, NHS Deaf Services & Hearing Support Team and Sight Action providing practical help and advice on hearing and/or sight loss. Anyone can access our services and get help with hearing aid upkeep, NHS battery issue and purchase of batteries for private hearings aids.
We also provide outreach services in the community to nursing/care homes, day care centres and local hospitals, and we hold quarterly rural clinics in nine different locations in Caithness and Sutherland. Information, advice and demonstration of specialist equipment to aid people in their daily lives and to promote confidence and independent living is also available.
Referrals are made to statutory and voluntary agencies such as those already mentioned as well as the Befriending service, Rural Transport schemes, HandyPerson schemes, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as well as OT and physiotherapy.
We have recently obtained funding to deliver classes in lipreading and managing hearing loss and these will begin in summer 2017. Our staff are trained in British sign language and will provide communication support when needed.
The Sensory Centre
Fax/Tel: 01955 606170
Open 10am to 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
The Sensory Centre
9 Riverside Place
Fax/Tel: 01847 895636
Open 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday