HEARING dogs will give demonstrations at one of the country's biggest exhibitions for the deaf.

The dogs will be at the free Spotlight on Deafness event, at County Hall, Durham, next Thursday.

The day is being organised by Durham County Council's social services department and is expected to draw hundreds of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Television weatherman Bob Johnson will open the event, which will feature videophones, products for the deaf and stands run by local organisations.

There will also be a series of activities and demonstrations.

Durham and Darlington Fire Brigade will promote smoke alarms for deaf people, which warn of danger with strobe lighting and activate a vibrating mat that can be placed under a pillow.

Anna Knighton, sponsorship officer with Durham social services, said: "We will also be hosting a series of workshops covering current issues for deaf people.

"The event is being promoted to social services clients as well as through deaf clubs and societies, voluntary organisations, and to professionals in health and social care from across the region, so we are hopeful of a really good turnout.''

To attend, call 0191-383 3326 or minicom number 0191-383 3980.