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NE of supermarket chain Morrisons newest branches is receiving plaudits from Telford’s

disabled community for its new Changing Places facility. The Lawley, Telford branch opened a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, supplied and installed by Clos-o- Mat, in-store just a month ago. It is the first Changing Places toilet for Morrisons, and the first in any Midlands supermarket. Conveniently

located by the store café, the Changing Places toilet compliments the standard WC facilities. Larger than a conventional wheelchair accessible toilet, a Changing Places toilet also has additional equipment, including a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen for a more dignified, hygienic experience. “Even in the short time it has been open, as word spreads, the toilet is

being used regularly, and the team here have had nothing but praise and positive comments about it,” said store manager Frank Cromie.

Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s Changing Places specialist, “We go to the toilet 8 times a day on average, so the chances are that when we are away from home, we will need to ‘go’. We are supposed to be an inclusive society; that includes providing appropriate public toilets. A Changing Places toilet is now

‘desirable’ under the latest Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013, and ‘good practice’ under BS8300:2009 for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access- 600+ are already open, at museums, leisure centres etc.” Clos-o-Mat has a proven track

record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, including a

substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its expertise extends through to specification guidance, covered in a white paper-‘Considerations & Specification of Changing Places Accessible Toilets’- available for free download from its website Clos-o-Mat’s ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, project management, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

For further information contact Clos-o-Mat:

Tel: 0161 969 1199;


New study brings scientists a step closer to silencing tinnitus TINNITUS SUFFERERS GIVEN HOPE FOR A CURE FOLLOWING OUR NEW RESEARCH


ew research suggests that tinnitus can be eliminated by blocking signals between the ear and brain, offering hope to sufferers that a cure

is within reach, with prolonged exposure to loud music or working in a noisy environment often the main reasons why people are affected by the distressing condition. One in ten people in the UK

are affected by tinnitus everyday - ranging from a light buzzing to a constant roar in the ears and head - which can have a detrimental effect on quality of life from problems sleeping to being able to concentrate at work, and it can lead to depression and disruption to everyday family life. Researchers at the University of Western Australia

treated guinea pigs with a drug called furosemide one week after tinnitus had been triggered by exposure to loud noise. The drug treatment lowered the activity of the auditory nerve, reduced neural hyperactivity in a specific part of the brain that processes sound and crucially the animals treated with the drug no longer displayed signs of tinnitus. Dr Helmy Mulders who led the research said:

‘Studies in human tinnitus sufferers are still needed to 42

confirm our results and to establish whether or not this approach will be effective for people who have had tinnitus for a long time, but our research shows that lowering the activity of the auditory nerve may be a promising approach to treating recently triggered tinnitus.’ Dr Ralph Holme, our Head of Biomedical Research said: ‘There are practical steps people can take to manage their tinnitus, but what people who suffer from tinnitus want the most is a cure to

silence the noise. The research we have funded takes us a step closer to this goal. ‘We will continue to fund research into treatments,

and offer support to people who suffer. As the music festival season approaches, I’d urge music lovers to wear ear defenders and avoid dangerously high volumes on personal music players, which can lead to tinnitus.’

Action on Hearing Loss Tinnitus Information Line: Telephone 0808 808 6666 Textphone 0808 808 9000 SMS 0780 0000 360 Ability Needs Magazine

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