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LCCLL class to focus on adults with hearing loss

March 3, 2008

Communication strategies for adults with hearing loss will be the focus of a series of classes at the Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy, and Learning (LCCLL).  The classes will teach participants strategies for improving listening and lip reading skills as well as how to create the best the listening environment.  Sessions will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8, and April 15 (all Tuesday mornings) at the LCCLL located at Third and Main streets above the Daily Grind.  The fee for all six classes is $45 and can be paid at the first session. Those interested should call the center at 395.2972 for more information.

Sessions will be conducted by graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program under the direction of Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, director of the LCCLL and a certified speech-language pathologist. Gary Talley with the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will provide demonstrations of new technology and devices to assist persons with hearing loss.

“We have found that those who participate in this class significantly increase their listening skills and therefore their confidence for listening in different situations,” said Dr. Power-deFur.

Signs of hearing loss in adults include only hearing part of what others say; asking others to repeat what is said; not laughing at jokes because of missing too much of the story; not hearing the doorbell or telephone; having others tell you that you do not hear well. Signs of hearing loss in children include unclear speech; inconsistent response to sound; delayed language and speech development; not following directions; not responding when called; and loud volumes on electronic equipment.

Established in fall 2006, the LCCLL is an interdisciplinary center that provides tutoring and speech and language services to adults and children.