Patient Forum - Come and have your say
We need volunteers to join a patient and staff group to discuss YOUR AUDIOLOGY SERVICE. Meet with us one Monday afternoon every 6 months.
What we aim to do:
- Review all patient information e.g, patient information leaflets, letters, questionnaires, so it is accessible and appropriate for service users.
- Include user experience & suggestions in audiology service development.
What we need from our panel members:
- A positive attitude and a desire to co-operate with us for the benefit of our patients.
- An interest in health matters and be confident to share their views in a small group situation.
- Panel members need to read any information sent out in advance of panel meetings.
- Ideally panel members will be Audiology Service users or their family members.
If you are interested in being a patient panel member, please email Alice.Thomas3@wales.nhs.uk
British Tinnitus Association Survey
Veterans of the UK Armed Forces: A retrospective survey of the experience of tinnitus seeking support
Rachel Duprey from Cardiff Metropolitan University is asking UK Veterans about their experience of tinnitus and seeking support for it while they were serving in the UK Armed Forces. Rachel works in Powys Teaching Health Board as Professional Head of Audiology and is currently studying for an MSc in Advanced Practice (Audiology).
Who can take part?
Rachel is looking for veterans who:
- Served in the UK Armed Forces
- Have tinnitus (ringing or noises in the ears)
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to discover UK Veteran’s experiences of tinnitus when serving in the UK Armed Forces; looking at how the tinnitus impacted them and their ability to carry our their role, and their experience of obtaining support, be that from the military or the NHS.
Please visit the British Tinnitus Association website for further information and to partake in the survey.
Audiology Service Update
The Audiology Service has been redesigned following patient & staff feedback during the pandemic.
What are the key changes we have made?
- We have increased the number of clinical staff available on phone lines to advise and support you. We have also included options of text message and email contact so you can choose the best option for you!
- Following a consultation with one of our clinicians you can now be triaged to booked appointments at certain hospital and community sites for a face to face consultation.
- We are offering remote consultations, where suitable, so we can support you from the comfort of your own home.
Why are we changing our Service?
We recognise it is no longer suitable or safe for you to enter busy, overcrowded drop-in repair clinics and have moved to booked appointments so you are seen on time, without the overcrowded waiting rooms and the long wait times you may have previously experienced. The pandemic has shown us many patients who contact us can have the issues dealt with without coming in to the hospital e.g. video remote consultation, troubleshooting issues with advice from an audiologist as well as postal replacement hearing aids and accessories.
You can contact us using the options below:
- Phone: 0300 303 5651
- Text only: 07814610009
- Email: ABB.GwentRGHAud@wales.nhs.uk
If you use mobile text or email to contact the department please include your full name & date of birth in the message and when emailing please confirm that you consent for transfer of personal information via email
If you want Replacement batteries or tubing
Contact your local audiology service by telephone, text, email or via online form to request postal batteries/tubes Please be aware that these can take up to 10 days to arrive.
New Online Battery and Tubing Request Service
We are pleased to launch our new online hearing aid battery and tubing request service. Please follow this link, fill out all the details and click submit. We will receive your request immediately and you will receive the requested items within 5-10 working days. Please note this service is available for Audiology patients within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board only.
C2HEAR Self Support
There are great video resources online to help with your hearing aids during this period. Simply follow this link through to their website and click on the image that looks similar to your type of hearing aid to get started. Topics covered include how to insert your hearing aids, clean them, telephone placement etc.
Broken and Lost Hearing Aids
If you have lost your hearing aid please contact us using details above.
If you need a hearing aid repair, you can post it to us and we will repair it and post it back. You should include your details and any information you think will be useful to us.
We aim to get your hearing aid(s) returned to you within 5-10 working days.
This daily service is running for the foreseeable future.
If you are a keyworker/health worker or you would come to harm without your devices please contact us.
You may want to service the aids yourself by changing the tubing. To do this you please follow the guides below:
You may also find the interactive multimedia videos from C2Hear online helpful.
Ear Wax Build Up
For wax build up we would recommend over the counter remedies such as olive oil drops making sure you follow the included instructions and provided that you have had no history of ear surgery or perforated ear drums. We do not provide a wax removal service.
Large drops in hearing, Ear Infections and other ear related medical issues
During this period if you suffer from a large and sudden drop in hearing which is not related to wax we strongly urge you to contact your GP for a consultation. The same is true if you develop an ear infection or any other ear related medical issues.