Hearing Loss Association of America Presents “Overcoming Psychological Aspects of Hearing Loss By Taking Action”
2015-03-10 · By Editor
People with hearing loss suffer psychological aspects such as withdrawal from society, feelings of depression and anxiety, inability to communicate effectively and in short, deny their hearing loss. These negative behaviors get bottled up inside a person with hearing loss and they are overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy. What to do?
Dave Cooper, Marriage and Family Counselor in Long Beach will discuss these psychological issues at the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Weingart Center.
Cooper encourages hard of hearing (HOH) folks to take action by using assistive listening devices (ALDs) that promote social interaction. The inability to hear what is being said shuts down communication instantly. By using the ALDs, the HOH are back in business.
One ALD is technology with a microphone used by the speaker that puts the words/sound right in the ear of the HOH person. Viola! They can hear what the other person is saying. Without the ALD, people with hearing loss are not able to hear what is said. Communication breaks down.
Cooper will stress the importance to learn ways to communicate effectively with others. Communication is a two-way process. When someone speaks, does the other person hear what is said? If not, action needs to take place to ensure that the recipient hears what is said. In doing this, people with hearing loss need to make that person aware of their hearing loss so that they can educate them and communicate with them what they need to do in order for them to be able to hear.
Dave Cooper speaks at the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter meeting Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712.
No reservations are necessary and admission is free. All meetings are Captioned with CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) and the hearing induction loop. For more information, please call 562-438-0597 or visit www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org. Light refreshments are served.
Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter is a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to people with hearing loss to help survive in a hearing world. HLAA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, CA.