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Better hearing workshops run through December

Oct. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Hearing loss, its affects on relationships and new technology for improving hearing are the topics of weekly workshops held this fall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

The events are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. Sponsored by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, all of the programs will be held Thursdays at the WMU Unified Clinics, 1000 Oakland Drive. Topics, dates and times for the 90-minute programs include:

Hearing Loss in Relationships--Learn how hearing loss affects your relationships with others. Bring along your significant others so both of you will learn improved communication and how to lessen the negative impact of hearing loss in your life, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11; 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15; and 9:30 a.m., Nov. 29;

101 Ways to Say `Huh?--Help maximize the benefits from your hearing aids in the situations where you need them the most, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8.

Hearing Assistance Technology--Even with the most sophisticated digital hearing device, there are things hearing aids cannot do for you. Investigate other technology that may be helpful for television viewing, cell phone use and attending theatre productions or lectures, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18; 5:30 p.m., Nov. 29; and 9:30 a.m., Dec. 6.

Listening to Noise--These sessions will cover strategies, challenges and focused listening to maximize hearing aid benefit in noisy settings. It is recommended participants attend both sessions on subsequent weeks, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Mary Peterson at mary.peterson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8062.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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