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  1. Self Help For the Hard of Hearing People This presentation may be freely used by any SHHH Chapters. It’s available for download from www.nchearingloss.org/programs.htm Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  2. Did you know: • There are 28 million Americans with a hearing loss • The largest disability and growing • 1/3 over age 65 have a hearing loss • “Invisible” disability • You are NOT alone with your hearing loss • There are many, many ways to improve a hearing loss Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  3. Do I have a hearing loss? • Do I: • turn the television volume louder than others? • Misunderstand 50 for 15 or 60 for 16? • Have trouble understanding people speaking to me from another room? • Miss the punch line of jokes? • Seem to hear words but do not understand them? • Have a history of ear infections, earaches, or ringing ears? Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  4. Test yourself • Do you suffer from: • Feeling of inadequacies? • Down in the dumps? • Isolation? • Loneliness? • Denial? Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  5. Test yourself (cont.) • Am I: • Accused of not paying attention? • Can I: • Hear better with one ear than the other on the phone? • Have I: • Stopped attending plays and lectures because of the strain exerted to hear what is being said? Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  6. How can a hearing loss be improved? • Education • Medical • Assistive Technology • Psychological • Spiritual • Preventive • Research Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  7. Education • Learn all you can about hearing loss • Listen carefully today • Ask the Senior Citizens Council for information on hearing loss • Read all you can about hearing loss • Ask Questions Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  8. Medical • Find a compassionate, caring hearing health professional • Get a medical exam • Have a hearing test by a certified audiologist • Understand your audiogram • Follow recommendations for a hearing aid • Be familiar with Menière's disease, Tinnitus, ototoxicity and other medical terms. • Good competent medical advice is a must Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  9. Assistive Technology • What is it? • Hearing Aids • Telecoil • Personal Amplifiers • FM/Infrared systems put the sound in the ear • Closed Captioning • Computers • A little help goes a long way! Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  10. Telecoil • A switch that changes a microphone to an electromagnetic induction • Allows you to use the telephone without feedback/squeal • Connects your hearing aid with other things. • Reduces noise • Compensates for distance and poor acoustics Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  11. Three types of Hearing Assistive Technology • Telecommunications equipment and peripherals • Alerting devices • Assistive listening devices Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  12. Telephones • Amplification • Loud ringer • Clear sound • Try them out with an understanding that you can return them if they do not work • Some Special Phones for Hearing Loss • Clarity (available on the web and at Radio Shack) • Ameriphone (available in catalogs and the web) • Text Telephones (TTY) • CapTel (check availability at www.ultratec.com) Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  13. Alerting Devices • Fire alarm • Telephone Ringer • Door bell • Weather alert • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors • Motion Detector • Alarm Clock Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  14. Assistive Listening Devices • “Binoculars” for the ears • Increase loudness of specific sounds • Bring sound directly into the hearing aid or ear • Minimize background noise • Reduce effect of distance between HOH person and sound source Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  15. Assistive Listening Devices (cont.) • Override poor acoustics • Used in large areas, one-on-one, restaurants and for television viewing • FM receivers • Infrared receivers • Inductive loop Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  16. Assistive Listening Devices (cont.) • Can be used for social, educational, entertainment, home/personal • Americans with Disabilities requires that these devices will be available in certain public places like museums and theaters. • Not required in churches • It’s up to you to learn how to use them and to ask for them Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  17. Spiritual • Seek spiritual help from our Creator in living life to its fullest in spite of our loss • Accept our hearing loss • be all we can be with what we have • Make sure our houses of worship are meeting our needs to hear Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  18. Preventive • Get Sound Advice • Rock concerts and firecrackers are too loud • Boom cars and snowmobiles are too loud • Chain saws are too loud • Wood shops are too loud • Lawn mowers and motorcycles are too loud • Use ear plugs and help reduce noise pollution Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  19. Research • What can we do for research in hearing loss? • Will temporal bones for research • Participate in research activities • Support research efforts • So many good things happening in hearing research that people with good hearing will want our gadgets to hear better! Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  20. Coping Strategies • Be honest • Resist the urge to bluff • If background noise is a problem, eliminate it or find a quieter place to talk • Carry a pad and pencil • Ask people to face you when they speak • Ask speakers to remove gum or obstacles from their mouths Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  21. Organizations • Self Help for the Hard of Hearing People • www.hearingloss.org • Call 738-2796 • Get on the mailing list • AARP • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders • National Institute on Aging Information Center Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia

  22. Remember • You are not alone! • There is help! • Be persistent and assertive in receiving help • A hearing handicap can be overcome! Developed by Carrie Welter, SHHH Augusta Chapter, Georgia