Thank you to everyone who attended our Deaf Tennis Summer Celebration event. The unpredictable British summer pulled through for a fun afternoon with tennis matches, a raffle and cream teas at Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.
We wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate another successful year for Aston Hearing. We have seen several new faces join the business this year, as well as sadly saying goodbye to Lorna who had been with us for 17 years. It was great to see Lorna at the event and we hope she will visit us again whilst enjoying her retirement in North Devon.
We also wanted the day to draw attention to the difficulties that people with hearing challenges face when playing sports.
Deaf Tennis was primarily organised by our new colleague Nikki, who is passionate about raising awareness of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. In May 2016, Nikki experienced the condition for the second time, wiping out her residual hearing completely.
During this scary time, Nikki was determined to keep playing the sport she loves, and the club and her tennis partners helped her with on court communication and spatial awareness challenges.
We wanted people to be able to try for themselves how it feels to play tennis with no hearing. Our audiologists filled people’s ears, blocking out the majority of sounds, and let them on the court. The results were very entertaining to watch!
After an afternoon of tournaments for both adults and children, we announced the results and the all-important prizes.
We were supported on the day by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, with puppies providing additional entertainment. The charity does excellent work training dogs to be companions for people with hearing challenges and we are very proud to support them. £350 was raised on the day from donations and the raffle – thank you to all for your generosity.
Sadly this may be the last of the nice weather but we hope to see you all at another Hear Today event soon. Please keep an eye on our events page for more details.