Welcome to HearPeers

HearPeers is a community of hearing implant users who are dedicated to sharing information and providing educational and emotional support to individuals considering or living with a hearing implant.

About the Programme

The HearPeers Mentor Programme offers valuable information and support on life with a hearing implant. It allows you to connect directly with hearing implant users who understand your concerns first-hand, have been through the process, and will give you the details without the jargon. And, should you decide to embark on this exciting journey, there’s someone who can help support you.

HearPeers Mentor Patricia

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Skipton, United Kingdom

  • Implant Recipient
  • Middle Ear Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
  • Dogs, Writing
HearPeers Mentor Richard

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Somerset, United Kingdom

  • Implant Recipient
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
  • Golf, Rugby, Travelling, Wine
HearPeers Mentor Elizabeth

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Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

  • Implant Recipient
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
  • Piano, Walking, Art, Poetry, Music
HearPeers Mentor Sophie

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

  • Implant Recipient
  • Bone Conduction Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
HearPeers Mentor Sarah

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Surrey, United Kingdom

  • Parent or guardian of an Implant Recipient under 18 years old
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
HearPeers Mentor Alison

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Ilminster, United Kingdom

  • Implant Recipient
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss
  • Dogs

Find out all about hearing, the different types of hearing loss, its causes, preventive measures and much more. This section also tells you where to get your hearing assessed and which steps are involved in the diagnosis of a hearing loss.

The HearPeers forum is an online community of hearing implant users, candidates and anyone interested in hearing implants. This is the place to connect, chat with others and share experiences.

Find out about potential solutions on offer, from non-technical options to hearing aids and implants. In this section you also learn about technical terms, referral pathways, surgery as well as myths and facts surrounding hearing implants.

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss – that’s one in six; of these, over 45,000 are children. Although many would benefit from early intervention, research shows it takes on average ten years for people to address their hearing loss.

Finding out you have hearing loss can be a shock and the early signs may be subtle. If you or a loved one is affected by hearing loss, you may not know where to turn to for support. The HearPeers Mentor Programme is a community of hearing implant users and their family members, who are dedicated to supporting individuals going through similar experiences.

Once diagnosed with hearing loss, there are a number of hearing solutions available so choosing the most appropriate option can be difficult. Selection requires careful consultation with a healthcare professional, as well as personal preference. When it comes to considering a hearing implant, HearPeers Mentor Sarah; a GP and parent of two hearing impaired girls, says: “Do accept any offers of talking to other families with implanted children (or other adults with implants). Speaking with others was extremely helpful for me and my family.”

Why was the HearPeers Mentors Programme set up?

We know that the overwhelming quantity of information on the Internet can sometimes seem more confusing than helpful. And while it’s important to speak to health professionals and read product brochures, there are some questions that can only be answered by hearing implant users themselves.

Whether you’re the parent of a hearing-impaired child, an adult whose hearing loss is getting worse, or a user considering a second implant, there’s someone who can share their knowledge and experience with you.

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