Care homes are holding open audiology events to help elderly people with their hearing on Thursday.

Cuffley Manor and Cooperscroft, both in Coopers Lane Road, Potters Bar, are hosting audiologist James Carmichael to give advice tips and free hearing tests to care home residents, non-residents and families.

The events are linked to the national Dementia Awareness Week, as marketing director of TLC Care Homes Sue Nicholson notes that “hearing loss is an important contributing factor to dementia”.

Those who attend the events will also be offered free tea, coffee and cake while they wait for their hearing screening test.

Mr Carmichael said: "“Hearing loss affects people in different ways.

"At bloom™ Hearing Specialists we want to encourage an open discussion with everyone about the importance of good hearing health, the connection to dementia and the effective treatment options available for this often distressing and debilitating condition."

The events kick off at Cuffley Manor at 11am on May 18, with the next event at Cooperscroft starting at 2.30pm.

Guests will also have the opportunity to speak directly to Mr Carmichael about their concerns.