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Better Hearing in a Big Room. Get in the Loop and Try it Out.
Saturday October 24th at 1 PM at Falmouth Public Library
Are you left out when your friends go to lectures, classes or plays?
Meeting rooms can be equipped with assistive devices to help you hear better.
Why miss out when an assistive device like a loop system allows you to understand what speakers are saying?
Catherine Shanahan, President of Shanahan Sound, has installed loops all over Massachusetts, including Boston Symphony Hall, and we are very pleased to have her at this meeting providing her expertise to install a temporary demonstration loop for you to experience. We will have some interesting speakers who will answer your questions.
Assisted living facilities, libraries, museums, senior citizen centers, houses of worship, area theaters and other places where programs are presented are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Our goal is not only to demonstrate and educate people with hearing loss but to introduce the loop and other assistive devices for large group rooms to as many organizations as we can.
Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers are most welcome to attend also, since the looping technology, one of the available formats, uses a hearing aid telecoil to bring sound directly to the ear. Many folks with hearing aids don't know whether they even have a telecoil. Prospective buyers of hearing aids need to tell the hearing aid provider they want a telecoil for assistive devices, even if they can hear on the telephone.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the website contact form to provide contacts and addresses so we can invite them or answer questions.
Live CART will be provided for the meeting.
Download the poster and extend a personal invitation to the meeting. If you tell the program manager that you would like to attend programs but cannot due to hearing loss, you will be helping to fix the situation. There are many more like you who would like to take advantage of the programs offered.
oct 24 2015 falmouth 2.pdf
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A fact-filled explanation of the need for assistive devices in large meeting rooms.
WHY HEARING AIDS ALONE DO NOT WORK:
--> Hearing aids can make sound louder but do not correct
speech understanding difficulties or poor articulation.
-->Even the best of hearing aids and cochlear implants have difficulty separating speech from background noise (directional mics work best if distances are less than 6 feet)
Juliette Sterkens_slides_ 4_11_15.pdf
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Meet Penny Snow, Tireless Advocate on Nantucket
Penny Snow is a tireless advocate for people with hearing loss on Nantucket.
She recently received an email from Karyn Lindsay at the Nantucket Historical Society which said that the Whaling Museum had received a grant to buy assistive technology and 25 FM receivers for hearing impaired visitors. The letter concluded with a thank you: Thank you for your support, Penny – you have been a wonderful advocate for all our hearing-impaired visitors to the Whaling Museum, and we are appreciative!
Penny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, and has been counseling on Nantucket since 1986. Her website is Quality of Life Counseling
She has improved the quality of life for hard of hearing residents and visitors to Nantucket with her advocacy.
A few years ago, she wanted to have captioned movies at the newly renovated Dreamland Theater. She asked that the theater show a weekly captioned film. They agreed and set the time for Wednesday at 2 pm. The theater recently secured a grant to pay for more advertising about the weekly film showing and Penny is hoping the ad will bring more people. She said, "Attendance has been a bit slim but I have been trying to go very week to support it. They show all the newly released films." But unfortunately, the theater notified her that it was discontinuing the open captioned show due to very low attendance.
Penny advocates by making a suggestion to the management along with some statistics.
---1 out of 3 people over 60 years old has hearing loss.
---baby boomers = 40% of the population
--1 out of 5 over the age of 12 has some kind of hearing loss.Young people with ear buds are losing their hearing at alarming rates.
There is one venue on Nantucket with a loop--the Unitarian
Church. Penny's next project is to remove the stigma of assistive
devices preventing use and educating prospective users on how they work.
Press RELEASE Nantucket Historical Association
NANTUCKET, MA –The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a grant from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation to support assistive listening technology in the Whaling Museum. This technology provides hearing-impaired visitors unparalleled access to amplified programming at the museum during lectures and presentations.
Since its expansion in 2005, the Whaling Museum has been a handicap-accessible facility, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), connecting visitors to museum collections, programs, and events with elevators between each of its three floors. This new grant from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation allows the NHA to further serve the needs of visitors who suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Funds from this grant cover necessary hardware (FM system, receivers and headphones) and installation costs.
Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs), also known as Assistive Listening Systems (ALS), are tools designed to improve audibility in specific environments like auditoriums and lecture halls, such as Gosnell Hall in the Whaling Museum. The devices are worn either as headsets or “loop” devices around the neck, and reduce the noise-to-sound ratio by bringing a greater amplified sound to individual listeners without any interference or loss of intelligibility.
Assisted listening devices can be used in conjunction with compatible personal hearing devices, such as hearing aids with telecoils and cochlear implants. Assistive listening systems can also be used for other applications in the future, such as language interpretation, audio description, and tour groups.
“An increasing number of our guests to the museum have suggested that we offer this important technology, and we couldn’t agree more. We are very grateful to the Tupancy-Harris Foundation for their support and for all they do for non-profit organizations on Nantucket!” says NHA Gosnell Executive Director Bill Tramposch.
Visitors may borrow assisted listening devices at the Whaling Museum for programs and presentations by inquiring with a visitor services representative at the Whaling Museum front desk.
More than one out of every ten people have hearing loss that affects their ability to enjoy films, lectures and other public presentations, which equals an estimated 38 million people in the United States. The prevalence of hearing-related disabilities increases significantly with age, and over the next nineteen years, 10,000 Americans will turn sixty-five every single day.
According to the April 2010 US Census, more than 12.1% of the Nantucket population is 65 years and over. As the Nantucket population ages, hearing loss may become even more widespread. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, only one out of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one.
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"I am compelled to live as an exile. If I approach near to people, a feeling of hot anxiety comes over me lest my condition should be noticed."
(Ludwig van Beethoven, 1802 letter to his brothers, from Mayo Clinic's On Better Hearing and Balance, page 13.)
Are you still trying to fake it? Find yourself "head bobbing?"
Come to our meetings and find out why hearing loss is NOT a disability--it's a communication problem!
Hearing Loss Association Cape Cod serves people with hearing loss, their friends and families, in Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands. All meetings are free and open to the public.
Our group is run by volunteers and we invite you to join us. Membership is only $10 a year. There are many activities you can help with--from baking for the coffee table to advocating for accessibility at your neighborhood theater and everything in between.
There are three ways we make our meetings accessible to people with hearing loss.
- Our meetings are transcribed with CART, computer assisted real time transmission. You can READ what people are saying on a screen.
- Also, the meeting room has an induction loop in the ceiling which works invisibly with the telecoil in your hearing aid to bring the sound directly to your ears.
- If you do not have a hearing aid, you can use our receivers and headphones to amplify the sound from the microphones.
You don't have to strain to hear every word!
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