November 29, 2017. With our sixth presentation on November 15, 2017 at the North Rustico Seniors Club, at which 14 people participated, we had reached 245 participants. In addition to the CHHA PEI committee members for the project of Annie Lee MacDonald, Brenda Porter, and Daria Valkenburg, we were joined by CHHA PEI members Joan Gallant and Marie and Bernard McKenna as hosts.
The evaluations continue to be positive, and 13 participants filled out an evaluation. 8 participants identified as hard of hearing (61.5%), 5 not. 8 (61.5%) noted that they had close friends or family members who were hard of hearing.
One of the questions asked in the evaluations is ‘How involved are you now socially – with family, friends in the community?’, and people had the option of answering ‘Rarely’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Often, or ‘Frequently’. As per our expectation, people who came out to the presentation were active socially. No one answered ‘Rarely’.
Comments in the evaluations included:
- Need to educate the medical profession as they have a mental block about hearing loss.
- I have asked our priest to have copies made of his sermon so I can follow it.
- Great presentation, very helpful.
- An excellent new awareness!!
- I am quite active socially, but I did get some really good ideas and suggestions as to what and how to tell people re my hearing loss.
- Thanks for the booklet.
- “Slower, not louder” is a good tip.
- Very educational.
One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation. 10 answered yes and provided contact details.
The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.
Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing? Let us know! Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Daria Valkenburg