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March 8, 2003

Hard-of-hearing families gathering to discuss strategies

From: Norwich Bulletin, CT - 08 Mar 2003

Special to the Bulletin
When a loved one's hearing becomes impaired, all family members must make adjustments. How to accomplish that feat will be the subject of a program at a meeting today of Quiet Corner Self Help for Hard of Hearing Families.

The group's monthly meeting features a presentation by Neil Bauman on "Building Well-Adjusted Hard-of-Hearing Families." A nationally known expert on hearing loss who has authored eight books on the subject, Bauman is severely hearing-impaired. His latest book, "Ototoxic Drugs Exposed," details than 800 drugs and chemicals that do damage to ears.

His talk will explain principles that can help families adjust when hearing loss has made communication difficult and he will describe pitfalls to avoid.

For the past decade, Bauman has been researching hearing loss issues with a view to helping hard-of-hearing people understand and cope.

Bauman is vice-chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Pennsylvania. He is also active in SHHH at the state level. Bauman directs the Center for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pa.

Quiet Corner SHHH is a nonprofit organization and support group for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. The group meets the second Saturday of the month in the Ashford Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held in the first floor, handicap-accessible meeting room and feature use of a Computer Assisted Notetaker and microphone. Sign-language interpreters can be arranged upon advance request.

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