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NVRC Fact Sheets

July 5, 2011 in Education & Outreach

NVRC Fact Sheets are downloadable PDF documents. 

Hearing Loss

Hearing Aids

Caregivers and Parent Resources

Hearing Dogs

Cochlear Implants

Assistive Listening Devices and Technology

How to File a Closed Captioned Complaint

Interpreters and Transliterators

The following Tip Sheets are from the ADA Information Center:
           www.adainfo.org and the DOJ’s ADA website:

The following Standard Practice Papers are from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID):

Technology Fact Sheets

Phones

  •  Ameriphone VCO
  • CapTel Phone
  • Clarity Cordless Phones
  • Crystal Tone Phone

Signaling Devices

  • Alert Master Combination 
  • Baby Crying Signaler
  • Ringmax Amplified Ringer
  • Shake Awake Vibrating Alarm Clock
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Sonic Alert Door Bell Signaler
  • Sonic Boom Alarm Clock and Bed Shaker

Amplifiers

  •  In-Line Amplifier for Phones
  • Portable Telephone Amplifiers
  • UniVox 2A+ Home Cushion Loop Amplifier 
  • PockeTalker

Music and Television

  • Music Link
  • Music Link Dual
  • Neck Loop and T-Links
  • Television Devices

TTY Devices

  • TTY Ultratec Superprint
  • Uniphone TTY and Amplified Phone

Loan2Own Program

 

HLAA Workshop: Surviving the Stress of Hearing Loss: What You Can Do

July 1, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Marla Dougherty   6/28/11

I looked forward to attending the interactive workshop led by Ellen Rupert and Donna Wayner, PhD. Ellen is a self-employed training consultant and Donna is an audiologist and president & CEO of Hear Again, Inc.

Those of us who contend with hearing loss are well aware of the daily stress that goes with it. This workshop was intended for individuals who are hearing impaired and their spouses or family members, to help them identify individual stressors and then develop a personal action plan.

Donna Wayner gave us a brief overview of stress and emphasized that being and staying connected was vital. When our hearing is altered it can result in isolation and withdrawal and it will impact our behavior, emotions and relationships. 

We understand we have extra stress dealing with communication issues so what can we do different? To start, we were asked to write down our sources of stress and three things we were already doing to relieve stress. Then we broke up into groups. Family members with no hearing loss were in one large group and those of us with hearing loss in several smaller groups.

The different groups brainstormed strategies to reduce stress by comparing notes and listing three things that relieve stress. From this we developed our personal action plan to manage stress. Our group agreed that quiet time, exercising and taking advantage of captioning were good stress busters.

Ellen and Donna brought all the groups back together to review action plans to help us cope for effectively. The groups with hearing loss shared first:

– Advocate for yourself
– Write, blog, etc.
– Join hearing loss support groups
– Enjoy a massage
– Meditate often
– Get involved in a hobby
– Spend time with pets and go for a walk

The folks with no hearing loss came up with a similar list but they also included these:

– Exchange ideas about communication strategies
– Name frustrating things, release it and move on
– Remember good times

And my personal favorite which is a technique we practice at home: Whoever asks the question in the house goes to the other person!

We wrapped up with a short relaxation exercise focusing on our breathing and doing progressive muscle relaxation.