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​“Honey, Turn Down the TV!”

– A Consumer’s Holistic Guide to Living with Hearing Loss

Hearing plays a fundamental role in our ability to communicate with one another. It is a critical connection with our environment. People who age into their hearing loss don’t always know what they need to have a fuller life after their hearing deteriorates. They can start to feel left out of conversations and cut off from friends and family. Often they are frustrated and may even feel isolated. NVRC offers a free 2-part series called “Honey, Turn Down the TV!” – A Consumer’s Holistic Guide to Living with Hearing Loss to bring much needed information about hearing loss where it’s needed.

Part I   Do I Have a Hearing Loss?  What Can I do About it?  This session will focus on learning about our ears, how we can recognize hearing loss in ourselves and others, and how to get help.  The differences between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser will be explained, as well as the hearing evaluation and the audiogram.  Hearing aids will be discussed in detail, and there will be time ‘story-sharing’ at the end of the program.

Part II Hearing Assistive Technology and Communication Strategies Session II will be a hands-on demonstration of various everyday hearing assistive technologies which can be used along with or instead of hearing aids. These include amplified phones, in-line amplifiers, flashing alert systems, a PockeTalker Pro, and a TV listening system.  Learn about the State’s Technology Assistance Program and NVRC’s Device Demonstration Room.  Effective communication strategies, speechreading and local resources will also be discussed.

Our 63-page booklet, “I Can’t Hear You!”, a $12.95 value, will be given with our compliments to all participants

Meet our Outreach Manager: Bonnie O’Leary is a late-deafened adult who has been living (and laughing) with hearing loss for the past 20 years.  She is a hearing aid wearer and uses a variety of assistive listening devices to help cope in different listening situations.  She has been providing educational outreach programs to seniors for NVRC since January, 2002, and received her certification in Peer Mentoring for People with Hearing Loss from Gallaudet University in June, 2007.  Bonnie welcomes hearing as well as hard of hearing participants to her programs since the information is beneficial to everyone.  For upcoming programs in Fairfax and Arlington, contact Bonnie at

Our 63 page Booklet


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