Sound ad­vice

Peo­ple with hear­ing loss need out­let to re­lax, take a break from vis­ual, au­di­tory noise

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - Ros­alind Wright Start­ing Hear

Hi ev­ery­one. I am a lit­tle be­hind with this ar­ti­cle so I apol­o­gize for this. It’s been a busy time with our year-end and get­ting pro­pos­als into our fun­ders for the up­com­ing year.

The so­ci­ety has been busy of­fer­ing classes and mak­ing con­nec­tions in the com­mu­nity. On May 11, a group of five peo­ple com­pleted a six-week speech-read­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion aware­ness class.

Those tak­ing part in­cluded those shown above, Wendy Snook, Sandy Evely, my­self, and Voni King and two oth­ers who were ab­sent for the photo. The class met once a week and we dis­cussed com­mu­ni­ca­tion top­ics that af­fect peo­ple with hear­ing loss and for those who are fam­ily and friends of peo­ple with hear­ing loss, we looked at

ways to im­prove our com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Re­mem­ber that com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a two-way street and for ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion to take place we all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity.

We talked about how we hear, why we hear some sounds (in­clud­ing speech) and not other

sounds, com­mu­ni­ca­tion tips and tech­niques, speech-read­ing along with myths and mis­un­der­stand­ings, as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies, noise, and sup­port­ive re­sources.

The so­ci­ety also re­ceived fund­ing from the Central Cape Bre­ton Com­mu­nity Health

Board to of­fer a Peers in the Pier Art Ther­apy Pro­gram to peo­ple with hear­ing loss. It is very stress­ful for peo­ple with hear­ing loss to lis­ten with one’s eyes hav­ing to rely on eye con­tact, lip move­ments, resid­ual hear­ing, good light­ing,

piecing to­gether parts of words, and com­pet­ing with back­ground noise, among other fac­tors. The hard of hear­ing per­son works twice and three times as hard as peo­ple with “nor­mal” hear­ing to gain in­for­ma­tion and that is only if the per­son send­ing the in­for­ma­tion is co-op­er­a­tive and pro­vid­ing a smooth and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel. Peo­ple with hear­ing loss need an out­let to re­lax and take a break from vis­ual and au­di­tory noise. Paint­ing can be one such out­let. The paint­ing class is small, re­laxed, and ex­pres­sive. It pro­vides a venue for like-minded in­di­vid­u­als to come to­gether, make friend­ships, and learn from one an­other, and share a few laughs. No ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired. The art classes are be­ing of­fered in part­ner­ship with the Whit­ney Pier So­ci­ety of the Arts.

Other com­mu­nity part­ners in­clude Cape Bre­ton’s Stu­dent Union’s Ca­pers Help­ing Ca­pers re­cip­i­ents for 2017. We are very happy to be se­lected and look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing where we can.

In time for Fa­ther’s Day, the so­ci­ety is sell­ing tick­ets on two draws for one dozen lob­ster and snow crab. Tick­ets are $2 each or three for $5. You can pick yours up at the so­ci­ety’s of­fice or we will be at the Re­gional Hos­pi­tal on June 8, and June 13. You can also visit us at Park­land Cape Bre­ton on Saturday June 3 for their Se­niors Health Fair from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

The so­ci­ety is a non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion lo­cated at 762 Victoria Road in Whit­ney Pier. Clare and I look for­ward to hear­ing from you. You may reach us at 902-564-0003 or cb­deaf@ns.sym­pa­tico.ca.

It all starts hear.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Shown above at­tend­ing a re­cent com­mu­ni­ca­tions course were Wendy Snook, Sandy Evely, Ros­alind Wright and Voni King.

The Central Cape Bre­ton Com­mu­nity Health Board of­fers a Peers in the Pier Art Ther­apy Pro­gram to peo­ple with hear­ing loss.

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