Lindsey Wilson is a Hearing Aid Support Worker, among other roles, for BID Services, which supports people who are deaf, hard of hearing, sight impaired or deafblind. She runs the hearing aid clinics which BEA supports. At the clinics Lindsey can give advice on how to maintain hearing aids, and can change tubes and filters and provide new batteries, for anyone who has hearing aids which are provided by local NHS Hospitals.
Lindsey has been doing this kind of work since 2007. She really likes feeling that she is helping to maintain people’s quality of life. The main challenge of the job is in reaching everyone who may need her support. Most of the people Lindsey supports are over 65. She feels it’s really important to work with older people as what she does can have such a positive impact on their quality of life.
The hearing aid clinics are just one of the services run by BID to help people be as independent as possible and to stay healthy. These include drop-ins, where people can get information and advice, and can see and try out a large range of equipment and assistive technology. The drop-ins are at BID’s city centre premises from 10.00-11.30 and 1.30-4.00 on Thursdays, and at various places around the city, including Armley. (Please phone 0113 288 5750 for full details.)
Lindsey was born in and grew up in Rothwell and has lived in Lofthouse for the last 20 years. She used to be a hairdresser, and managed a salon in Leeds. After having a daughter 13 years ago her sense of nurture changed and she got more satisfaction from doing things that helped others, so she changed career.
Lindsey used to do karate and is a brown belt (just one short of black!). Nowadays she spends her spare time going walking with the family’s cocker spaniel, Monty.