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HELP is available for people who are losing their hearing but trying to stay in work.

The Professional Footballers Association has awarded Pompey in the Community a grant to run sessions for people who are feeling isolated by the condition, to make their working lives easier.

Lip-reading tutor Maggie Short said: ‘Deafness is the most isolating disability and the fact that a lot of people do not like to let their boss know they are struggling, in case it affects their career chances, means that a number of people start to have significant confidence problems and suffer low esteem – even giving up work early.

‘As they start to struggle in meetings or at work generally they can even be discriminated against.

‘But if they can access some sessions and learn how to manage their hearing loss, the world becomes manageable again.’

The sessions start on Thursday at Pompey Study Centre, Anson Road, and are free.

For more information call (023) 9272 8899.