Info for Seniors: Hearing Help Classes improve communication

Is this familiar?

“My grandson doesn’t talk to me because I can’t hear his quiet, high-pitched voice.”

“My husband gets angry and tells me, You only hear what you want to hear.”

“I tried my hearing aid for a month but couldn’t cope. It’s sitting in a drawer.”

“The stress of trying to hear was too much and I quit the volunteer job I loved.”

Complaints like these are made time and again by seniors with hearing loss.

This disability can separate you from family and friends and make you lonely and frustrated.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Hearing Help Classes can provide you with the opportunity to learn a valuable skill.

You will broaden your knowledge on hearing health care and coping skills that will enable you to deal successfully with the daily challenges of living with hearing loss.

Hearing Help Classes contain two components: speechreading and information on hearing loss issues.

Classes are for seniors with a hearing loss.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a spouse or friend (at no extra charge), allowing both to gain the benefits together.

Sharing information and experiences with people who have similar problems, is an important benefit of the classes.

Skills are taught in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The goal is to improve communication within families and amongst friends and decrease the frustrations associated with hearing loss.

People who have taken the class have this to say about it “I wish I had taken this course years ago,”

“I feel good about myself and my hearing has improved,” “Now my hearing aids are a boon, not a problem.”

Participants in Hearing Help classes gel into a group, and then support and encourage each other.

This social interaction enhances the technical instructions.

There is a nominal fee to cover refreshments and materials.

For more information, contact: The Canadian Hearing Society at the Bay View Mall, Belleville. Telephone 966-8995, TTY 966-7381. Website: Call Community Care to sign up for the next classes at 613-476-7493.

The date will be set once we have 6 people on the waiting list.

Lunch and Learn for Seniors in Hillier Seniors won’t want to miss the lunch & learn on Wednesday, May 29th at 12 p.m. in Hillier Town Hall.

The menu features homemade soup, chicken with mushroom sauce, potato, vegetable, lemon pie, bread and butter, and coffee or tea and will be catered by Wheel house and Occasions Catering. The cost is $10.00 per person.

There will be a presentation by Motion on mobility products. Call 613-476-7493 to sign up.

Coffee social and tag Day Coffee and Checkers Social on May 28th at 3pm in Sophiasburgh Town Hall.

Sing Along with Mike on May 29th in Athol Town Hall at 2pm.

Please register by calling 613-476-7493.

Lots of other events, too!

Community Care will hold its annual TAG DAY on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 23.

If you have 2 hours to help please call 613-476-7493.

– Debbie MacDonald Moynes