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Sign language Santa comes to Harrogate for deaf children

Sign language Santa comes to Harrogate for deaf children

Published at 6:22pm 11th December 2018. (Updated at 6:29pm 11th December 2018)

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The Hearing Suite

Local children with hearing loss could experience communication with Santa for the first time as a Christmas grotto arrives in Harrogate. 

Santa has officially been back to school and has become an expert in British Sign Language

He will be arriving in The Hearing Suite at the Mowbray Square Medical Centre in Harrogate on Saturday 22nd December from 4 - 6.30pm.

The event will give children and their families the chance to meet Santa, some of whom will have been unable to communicate with the magical man before

Parents and children who would like to meet Santa, who is an expert at BSL, are being encouraged to book their slot at The Hearing Suite in Harrogate by booking online.

What is The Hearing Suite, Harrogate?

When Emily Balmer set up The Hearing Suite, she wanted to make the world of hearing tests and hearing aids more comfortable, more luxurious and more accessible for the people of Harrogate and surrounding areas. 

Emily Balmer at The Hearing Suite in Harrogate
Emily Balmer at The Hearing Suite in Harrogate

As Emily Balmer, Director of Audiology at The Hearing Suite explains, it takes the average person experiencing hearing loss 10 years before they ever do something about it

Stepping away from the clinical approach, towards compassion and understanding, the way that hearing tests are done at The Hearing Suite is different to usual. 

"No body ever comes to me and says Emily I can't hear the beeps, and in audiology often that's all we test... WE can measure whether they're hearing back ground noise, or different scenarios in their everyday life, and recreate some of those scenarios in the suite [The Hearing Suite, Harrogate] to try and give a functional test of real life hearing."

Emily Balmer, Director of Audiology at The Hearing Suite

Emily Balmer & Beth Parsons at The Hearing Suite in Harrogate
Emily Balmer & Beth Parsons at The Hearing Suite in Harrogate

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show talked to Emily Balmer from the Hearing Suite in Harrogate about her clinic and how she can help a wide range of people with hearing problems:

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