DRETCHI temporarily closed; emergency hearing aid services only

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DRETCHI temporarily closed; emergency hearing aid services only

Due to the spike in Covid-19 cases and to protect the interest of staff and clients, the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired (TTAHI) offices will remain closed, but will accommodate emergency services.

In a release on Sunday, the TTAHI said from today, Monday 17th May, its offices will remain closed until further notice.

All appointments will be rescheduled. Anyone with an emergency or query, can call: 787-8045, e-mail: [email protected] or contact the medical social worker at 620-4722.

The association said its DRETCHI unit provided audiological care as well as hearing aids to the public and hundreds of people enter the premises at Wrightson Road on a weekly basis for hearing aids and hearing aid servicing, interpreting services, deaf events and classes, counselling, speech therapy and more.

DRETCHI has, until now, remained open to the public as an essential medical service. However, because of the implementation of a state of emergency and the increase in Covid19 cases, the unit will temporarily be closed except for some specific hours.

On Wednesday, the DRETCHI Unit will be open from 9am to 12 noon to facilitate emergency hearing aid servicing and the sale of hearing aid accessories such as batteries and Dri-aid kits – this is crucial for deaf and hard of hearing members of the public who rely on these devices.

The premises will be fumigated and sanitised during this period of closure.