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Adapting to Hearing Loss

The majority of people with a hearing loss once had normal hearing. For those people, adapting to new ways to communicate like speech-reading, new technologies and learning coping strategies  can be major challenges. It really doesn't matter if the hearing loss occurred gradually, or with sudden onset.  It can take a while to comprehend that "normal hearing" is never coming back, that assistive devices, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology will not restore hearing like once was.  Sounds and music that was once loved are changed forever.  But the human brain is very flexible and no matter what the age, everyone can learn new strategies and how to work different technologies to keep you involved and living independently.  Not adapting to the loss increases the likelihood of withdrawal, depression, anger, and other may think you are dysfunctional, or it is a "brain" problem.  Undiagnosed, untreated hearing loss can be mistaken for a number of things including dementia and related disorders.  In that regard, it is a brain problem in that the brain is no longer receiving adequate auditory signals!

Occasionally, MADHH receives grants to be able to provide Adapting to a Hearing Loss Class throughout Michigan, usually the fee for participants is a nominal $10.00. People wishing to host a class may do so if participants are willing to pay the full cost of the series;

In the past, classes were held in these following locations, and the granter providing the funding:

Ann Arbor Senior Center; Michigan Grange
MADHH conference room Lansing; Capitol Area Regional Foundation (3 classes)

St. Johns Community Center: 
Capitol Area Regional Foundation
Petoksey Friendship Center; Char-EM United Way
Port Huron Senior Center; United Way of St. Clair County

Past Grantees/funders for these classes include:
        Capitol Region Community Foundation   
        Char-Em United Way (Petosky area)
        United Way of St. Clair County

        Michigan Grange