Audible Talkers is a hearing loss friendly Toastmasters group started by Harry Wolfe. It’s based in Arizona but because meetings are online via Zoom, anyone from anywhere can join. (Several members have been from different countries.) Chelle was invited to attend an online meeting during the pandemic by a mutual friend who also has hearing loss. By joining this group, Chelle improved her speaking skills and made a valuable connection with the hearing loss community in Arizona. She appreciates Harry’s efforts to make the club accessible to those of us with hearing loss. He also advocates to help Toastmaster clubs to become more hearing loss aware. Today, we introduce you to Harry Wolfe.
Smartphones, both iPhone and Android operating systems, have come a long way in accessibility for those with hearing loss. There’s several great, built-in features on each phone with a variety of apps to make life easier. This post is only for quick reference. There are a few explanations and a link at the end of the sections to explore the features further.
*Note: Some features vary due to having an older phone, how often you update or the company you use.
Every month when we close out a topic at Hearing Loss LIVE!, we ask ourselves – what did we learn? Usually, we’ve learned at least a few things, if not more. The discussions that pop up in our classes and workshops are fabulous! It can be someone new to the hearing loss discussion who spins us a new perspective. Maybe it’s someone with years of hearing loss experience who shared an offbeat tip or different strategy. The learning never stops and we all learn from each other.
This is a good end of the year question for us at Hearing Loss LIVE! What did we learn in 2023?
What are meaningful gifts for people with hearing loss? Gifts that give more access to communication! There’s a variety of ways to improve communication outcomes:
- Learning new communication strategies. Hearing aids are a great start, but more is needed to be successful with hearing loss.
- Technology, there’s more than ever available.
- Services. Being able to point people to services is also a gift.
Requesting accommodations for hearing loss at work can be daunting. This blog post will give you some guidance.