December 11, 2017. Over the past year, through a grant with the Law Foundation of PEI, our Chapter has been working with PEI lawyers on improving communications with the hard of hearing. One of the technological tools introduced to them was a simple pocket talker. The results have been amazing and encouraging and lawyers who have tried using this small device with their clients have not only embraced it, but introduced it to many of their own clients.
Using a tool for better communication makes good business and legal sense, but letting their hard of hearing clients, especially those in seniors’ homes, and friends know about the pocket talker is a valuable community service that lawyers have provided. We are delighted that the Law Foundation of PEI has funded the program for a second year.
Several residents in seniors’ homes have since purchased a pocket talker for themselves. One home, Geneva Villa, called us after a lawyer suggested it might be useful. After purchasing one pocket talker and giving it to a resident to try out, they ended up buying another as the resident didn’t want to give it back. It’s amazing what happens when people can hear again. The world opens up! Life becomes more interesting and fun when you are able to communicate.
So, with the holidays approaching, we at CHHA PEI want to thank not only the lawyers who supported and helped spread the word about tools for better communication, but also the purchasers of pocket talkers who have recommended it to their own friends and relatives. May 2018 be the year for better hearing on Prince Edward Island!
Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at North Tryon Presbyterian Church
Do you have a story or tip about improving communication when you are hard of hearing? Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Daria Valkenburg