Leah Horton (left) and Rachel Pegelow present to the group about cochlear implants during the March meeting.

Starting in the fall of 2017, SHLS created and began hosting the Southside Hearing Loss Support Group. Meetings are held at SHLS from 1-2 PM on the third Friday of every month between August and April.  The meetings are open to everyone and there is no charge for attending.  Each month, between 20 and 25 individuals attend the meetings. Participants are invited to have quick hearing aid check conducted by Longwood’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) graduate students prior to the meetings.

The Support Group is focused on educating individuals who have hearing loss and their families on different topics regarding hearing. The topics for meetings are chosen by the participants. Two graduate students from the CSD graduate program provide the presentations with the support of Dr. Mani Aguilar, the SHLS audiologist, and Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, the SHLS Program Director.  A group of members will be meeting over the summer to plan the topics and schedule for the coming year.  Previous topics have included:

“Strategies to Improve Communication with a Person Who Has Hearing Loss”

“Dementia and Hearing Loss”

“What to Expect from Your Hearing Aids”

“New Hearing Aid Technologies and Solutions”

“Cochlear Implants”

“Laws Related to Hearing Loss”

“Hearing Conservation”

Rachel Pegelow and Leah Horton, the graduate students leading the meetings during this past spring semester, had the following to say regarding their experience with the Group: “This has been a very positive experience for both of us. During the meetings the participants discuss strategies they use in their lives and the difficulties they have. It seems to be a great source of support for them.”

For further information, please contact:

Longwood Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services

315 West Third Street

Farmville, VA 23901

434-395-2972

Email: SHLS@longwood.edu

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