Captioning services provided.
An interpreter can be available with 2 weeks notice.
Free and open to the public – Bring your friends!
More information to come.
It does not matter if we have lived with hearing loss for years or have acquired it recently. Most of us – people with hearing loss – have lived only in the hearing world. Most people we know have never dealt with hearing loss and are unable to understand our frustrations and loneliness. Now there is H.O.P.E. – Hearing Other People’s Experiences.
It’s about caring and sharing.
It’s about kindness and compassion.
It’s about supporting one another.
It’s about connecting with one another.
Help someone help themselves not for the reward but for the sake of changing a life.
Nancy will talk about this program she initiated and its benefits and impacts on people trying to cope with hearing loss. We anticipate a lively discussion.
Nancy Gilbertson is a member of HLAA-Fox Valley chapter and has dealt with profound hearing loss for 40 years. She first noticed diminished hearing during pregnancy in 1975 and had a Stapendectomy, replacement of a middle ear bone, in 1977.
However, the surgery failed so her right ear was completely deaf, while ototoxic medications decreased hearing in her other ear by 65%.
Because of the stigmas associated with hearing loss, Nancy did not want anyone to know about her extreme loss and was exhausted and stressed trying to hide it. She was told there was nothing more to be done so she stayed home and avoided everything and everyone for ten years until she found an excellent audiologist. Now Nancy has two cochlear implants and an abundance of compassion for other people living like she was. She started and leads the H.O.P.E. group for the HLAA-Fox Valley chapter.
We hope to see you there!