Hard of Hearing? Get information and support

Upcoming meetings on Feb. 18 and March 19

Do you sometimes have difficulty hearing people and understanding conversations?

The  Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Comox Valley Hard of Hearing Branch meets the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Comox Community Centre. We keep up-to-date on new technologies and techniques that maximize our ability to hear.

In January Nerissa Davies, an audiologist at Courtenay’s Connect Hearing, came to our meeting and explained how our hearing losses affect us physiologically, socially and mentally.

Also included in this fun session were tips for coping in a variety of social situations. Background noise is a problem in most restaurants. Booths with high backs and soft padding help to soften the noise as do acoustic materials on the walls and ceilings. If there is a large group, it is best to be seated at a round or square table rather than a long one.

Good lighting is essential so that we can clearly see each other’s faces and can better understand what is being said.

While our hearing aids help us to hear, our natural ability to speech read (read lips) helps us to understand what is being said.

Our group invited Linda Scarlett-Hauck, a CHHA (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association) qualified instructor, to give three enjoyable and successful Level 1 Speech Reading classes.

This spring we will have another Level 1 class and in the fall we will have our first Level 2 class.

Those who have attended have described the course as ‘life changing.’

If you would like more information, come to our meetings on Feb. 18 and March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Comox Community Centre.  You’re also welcome to join us for an informal lunch at a local restaurant after the meetings.

For more information about the local Hard of Hearing Branch, contact Marion Bell at 250-334-4886 or bellendean@shaw.ca


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