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“I Can’t Hear You!” 3-part program for seniors aging into hearing loss:

Lead  by Bonnie O’Leary is a late-deafened adult who received her certification in Peer Mentoring for People with Hearing Loss from Gallaudet University and the Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists in June of 2007.   If you or someone you know could benefit from free  one-on-one support sessions with Bonnie, please contact her at

 Participants receive a free, 63-page booklet about hearing loss.


Part 1 – Do I Have a Hearing Loss? What Can I Do About It? – discusses types and causes of hearing loss, how to interpret an audiogram, types and styles of hearing aids

Part 2 – Techie Stuff to the Rescue! A look at hearing assistive technologies that can be used with or without hearing aids, such as amplified phones, TV listening systems, alerting systems.  Also discusses the Technology Assistance Program funded through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Part 3 – Living (and Laughing) with Hearing Loss – focuses on feelings associated with late-onset hearing loss; speechreading and communication strategies; resources for hearing loss

“I can’t Hear You!” program will be coming to three locations this Fall:

Providence Community Center
3001 Vaden Drive
Fairfax, VA

Part 1 – Wednesday, October 7th, 10:30-11:30 am
Part 2 – Wednesday, October 14th, 10:30-11:30 am
Part 3 – Wednesday, October 21st, 10:30-11:30 am

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To register, sign up in senior room or call 703-865-0520

Little River Glen Senior Center
4001 Barker Court
Fairfax, VA 22032

Part 1 – Friday September 18, 10:15-11:15 am
Part 2 – Friday September 25, 10:15-11:15 am
Part 3 – Friday October 2, 10:15-11:15 am

Registration required –703-503-8703


James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Part 1 – Wednesday, September 9th, 10:30 -11:30 am
Part 2 – Wednesday, September 16th, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Part 3 – Wednesday, September 23rd, 10:30 –11:30 am

To register, please call 703-534-3387

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By Bonnie O’Leary, NVRC Director of Community Outreach Programs, 1/23/2013

Mike DeFries, NVRC’s dear friend and supporter, passed away on Monday, January 14th after a long illness.  We first met Mike in 2006 when he attended my “Coping with Hearing Loss” series at a community near his home.  As a senior who was experiencing hearing loss, he was intrigued with the content of the sessions, and came to NVRC to meet the staff and learn about the scope of our services.

Mike wanted to create a project in memory of his mother, Grace Abelson DeFries, who developed late-onset hearing loss in her 70s.  A life that was once vibrant with activities became one of solitude and isolation until Grace’s death at the age of 95.

Mike DeFries
Myron (Mike) DeFries, 1923-2013

After meeting with other members of the staff and learning more about NVRC, Mike wrote “this was the place to carry out a project….in memory of my mother.  As the project began to solidify, we formulated its goals, namely to provide a guide to assist older people encountering increasing difficulties with hearing loss by relating experiences of others, and how they coped with their personal problems.  As a secondary objective, we would present information about technology for enhancing hearing and for other techniques enhancing lifestyle in a readable, non-pedantic, non-threatening style – all sprinkled generously with humor.”

Mike’s concept, and his substantial funding for the project, became the launch pad for NVRC’s “I Can’t Hear You!” (ICHY) series and the free booklet that accompanies the program.  For almost three years, he guided the editorial process of the booklet from start to finish, chapter and verse.  “This page is too serious, put in a cartoon!”

As the booklet took shape, Mike generously provided us with editorial luncheon feasts at his home on Lake Barcroft. Having learned that my late mother was Russian, he often made “Mike’s Special Borscht” for us to sip by the water’s edge; I confess to consuming the lion’s share. Two of his daughters, Diane and Vicki, often joined us for edit sessions and offered more excellent ideas as well as enthusiasm and encouragement.

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