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The New Way Hearing Impaired Communities are Supporting Each Other

Monday, January 15, 2018 9:39:54 AM Australia/Melbourne

The New Way Hearing Impaired Communities are Supporting Each OtherIt doesn’t matter what the challenge is; Having someone in your corner is always a helpful way to ensure that you’re receiving the support that you need. Think about the number of sites that are dedicated resources to all sorts of niche challenges and opportunities. You see them for people using hair – they offer up unique solutions and products to slow down the process. You see them for people who are dealing with grief; maybe they’ve recently lost a loved one or are going through a difficult time in their life. So, why shouldn’t there be similar platforms for those dealing with hearing loss? Answer – there are. Hearing meetups are sweeping the nation. Today, Hearlink is explaining how and why.

 

First things first, what on earth is a hearing meetup? It’s just as simple as it sounds, a community that is interested in all sorts of topics within the audiology field. Maybe they’re dealing with it for the first time. Maybe they have a family member or a friend who is unfamiliar with the services and solutions available so they want to best educate themselves. And maybe, it’s just a field that they’re passionate about and something that they want to explore professionally down the road.

 

There are a couple of characteristics that you want to ensure are present:

 

  • It’s a comfortable environment – attendees should be able to feel like they can contribute to the conversation in any way that they prefer.
  • It’s a safe environment – attendees should be able to feel like they can say anything without the fear or backlash, dismissal or unfair rebuttal.
  • It’s an open environment – attendees should be able to feel like they can come, learn, contribute and collaborate without strict guidelines or forums.

 

There are many topics that you may see covered:

 

  • Adjusting to hearing loss
  • Making the best use of your hearing aids
  • Researching helpful assistive devices
  • Navigating conversations about hearing loss and with those impacted by hearing loss
  • Owning your own communications

 

Whether or not a hearing meetup is a valuable tool for you, is a decision that you will need to make. No journey through hearing loss is the same; each is as unique as the person that’s been impacted. If it’s something that you’re interested in, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that it’s a success:

 

  1. Identify an HWA. This is someone that will help lead the conversation and is hopefully somebody well-versed in the topic manner.
  2. Get the word out. This doesn’t need to be a major investment. Instead, you can leverage flyers or social media. Make sure that you’re planning ahead and sharing as many of the upcoming topics as possible.
  3. Take care of the basic logistics. Have nametags available as well as an introductory or ice-breaker activity. This ensures newcomers feel welcome.

 

Questions? Comments? Give the Hearlink team a shout at your convenience. We would love to hear from you.

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Hearlink Admin