Hard of Hearing Communication Needs

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Lipreading Classes

Learning to lipread can have such a huge impact on life for those with hearing loss. Lipreading paried with hearing aids can make a big difference. We teach the Jeffers Method of lipreading.

Lipreading Concepts – $50 for 8 weeks, one hour a week. There’s a common misconception that lipreading (also called speechreading) is all lip shapes. This is false. Many sounds aren’t visible so we need to fill in the gaps with situational cues, body langauge, flexibility and more. Our Concepts class helps you to set your stage for improved communication.

Lip Shapes LIVE! – $50 for 6 weeks, one hour a week. In this class, we teach the most visilbe lip shapes and practice (voice off) with word lists and sentence exercises. We review other concepts briefly.

Learn more about these classes here.

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Sensitivity Training for Businesses

Learn the specifics for hearing loss communication needs.

There is diversity under the term “hearing impaired”. There are 48 million people in America with some kind of hearing loss. We call ourselves by different names; Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, deaf and Deaf. There are a variety of accommodations that help each group and many people assume it’s American Sign Language (ASL), a common misconception. 

Less than 2% of the 48 million people use ASL for communication. The Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and deaf speak English, write English and read English. Accommodations therefore need to be in English, whether it’s captioning, amplification and/or other strategies. As a business owner, employer, supervisor, or HR administrator you may not be aware of all the possible Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) solutions for helping those with hearing loss. Learn what best practices to help those with hearing loss and create your own hard of hearing ‘kit’.

  • Hearing Loss Diversity: Deconstructing Misconceptions is a workshop. $250 for up to 20 people, 1 1/2 hours.

Consultations are available.

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For State Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs/Commissions

Historically, state agencies began assisting Deaf sign language users. We, the Hard of Hearing, appreciate and understand how important Deaf culture has been in the movement that brought us disability rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

State services have since expanded to encompass the Hard of Hearing, who have different needs from the Deaf. It’s not a competition, it’s reaching more people who need to better understand their hearing loss. With presentations, workshops and classes, we can help you build services for the Hard of Hearing. This will increase attendance and much needed awareness for those who are Hard of Hearing.

Presentations:
  • Family – The HoH often have a hard time communicating family. We clear up misconceptions and offer easy communication rules to adopt.
  • Accommodations – Basic accommodations available for the HoH. This includes caption phones, smartphone apps, assistive listening info and CART/live captions.
  • Requesting CART – We educate your community on the benefits of CART, our ADA rights for effective communication and how to request it.
  • Self Advocacy – We present the basics of self advocacy, workshop style. We share a variety of ways to tackle tough, social situations.
  • Help your HoH clients be more proactive with their communiation needs. Hire us for to teach a class, see below.
  • We take special requests. Is there something more specific for your community? Let us know!

Feel free to join one of the many presentations/workshops/classes we already do to get a feel for us. Watch our Events page for upcoming classes. If you’re interested, email us and we’ll fit you in