FALL PEER DISCUSSION GROUPS
SUMMER is still hanging on in Tucson but ALOHA is reverting back to its FALL discussion group scheduling as of October 1, regardless of the high temperatures we have endured for four months.! Please continue to join your peers every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the ALOHA office, 4001 E. Ft. Lowell, to explore any and all aspects of hearing loss that interests you! Also, in full swing is ALOHA’s East Side Discussion Group, on the third Friday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Far Horizons East Main Clubhouse at 7570 E. Speedway Boulevard. The Desert Cochlear, Green Valley, Oro Valley and Sierra Vista peer discussion groups will all resume their monthly meeting schedule in the month of October. All sessions are free and we welcome individuals who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss, wear hearing aids, have cochlear implants or are related to/friends of someone who does. Check our calendar on this website for days, times and locations. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
ALOHA is renewing its initiative, LOOP ARIZONA, to increase public awareness of looping, to increase hearing accessibility in public venues in Tucson and surrounding communities. The campaign will focus on demonstrating to public and private venues, hearing professionals and consumers the advantages of the Looped Environment. Loop Arizona is a collaborative effort supported by
local chapters of non-profit and for-profit organizations, including:
Sertoma International and the Midtown Sertoma Club, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), the University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Elder Alliance and OTOjOY, an Arizona-based company that specializes in assistive listening technology. In order to launch the project this summer, ALOHA is recruiting volunteers to 1) verify and catalog existing looped venues in Tucson and 2) meet with local audiologists and hearing professionals to enlist their participation. If you are interested in receiving training to further the Loop Arizona project in either regard, please contact the ALOHA office at 520-795-9987 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With your contribution of $25 (or $100 for 5 tickets) to ALOHA, you could win a new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit…..
that the Jim Click Automotive Team is presenting through its annual fundraising raffle for Tucson non-profits. You will be aiding ALOHA in its provision of educational support services for the hard of hearing individuals we serve as 100% of your contribution will go directly to ALOHA. With the purchase of each ticket, you will be entered in the December 13, 2018 drawing to win the car or two other great prizes – two round-trip, first class airline tickets to anywhere in the world or $5,000 in cash! Contact Karen in the ALOHA office to purchase your raffle tickets or drop by our office at 4001 E. Ft. Lowell. Don’t wait to purchase your tickets, only 100,000 tickets will be sold by hundreds of Southern Arizona charities in the coming months. Thanks to Jim Click and his Automotive Group for their support of our Southern Arizona communities!
Do I have a hearing loss? If so, how might it affect other aspects of my health?
By Sherry Whitfield and Karl Hallsten
Have you been asking yourself lately, “Do I have a hearing problem? ” Here are some questions and information that will help you decide for yourself. Do you constantly have to ask people to repeat themselves? Do you hear someone’s voice but can’t understand their words? Do you have to have the television or radio so high that it bothers others? Do you decide not to attend parties, meetings, classes, church, etc. because you can’t hear? Do you find yourself nodding and smiling, but you aren’t sure about what someone just said to you? Do you have relatives or friends telling you that you have a hearing problem?
Hearing loss affects the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people. Ongoing research indicates that physical and cognitive affects and concerns have been linked to even mild hearing loss.
Hearing loss affects many aspects of an individual’s life. As you have more difficulty understanding a conversation easily, you may start to become isolated socially. It can affect all of your relationships. After a certain point, there may be a loss of income if the individual has a harder time doing ‘normal hearing’ tasks, such as talking on a telephone. There are some new technological ways to help employees with hearing loss, including captioning phones. Learning about how to use these Assistive Listening Devices (ALD’s) can help a person with hearing loss become empowered again.
You may be saying to yourself: “Is it possible that I might need a hearing aid at some point? But my hearing is not so bad right now. I can wait a little while longer to get tested and get aids, if I need them… after all, they do cost quite a bit. Besides, if people see me wearing them, they might make me look older or like I’m losing it.” However, there are problems with waiting to do something about your hearing loss. Delays in getting hearing aids will reduce the level to which hearing can be restored. “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Research points to even a mild or moderate loss as being a problem that affects other areas of a person’s health.
Recent research indicates that even a mild to moderate hearing loss could cause diminished brain function that affects you in ways that we are just now beginning to understand. The results are not final and more studies are being done. But studies done by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging found that people with uncorrected hearing loss are much more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to their findings, people with uncorrected, severe hearing loss were five times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing. They believe that even having mild hearing loss doubles the risk of cognitive dysfunction. That risk, says co-author Frank Lin, appeared to increase once hearing loss begins to interfere with the ability to communicate – for example, in a noisy environment, such as a restaurant. (To Be Continued)
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It is peak wildfire season in Arizona and D/HOH residents are extremely grateful to the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for creating the Emergency Response Interpreter Credential (ERIC) program. Visit Ability360 at this link for more information!
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