What is the course about?
The course looks at the everyday communication issues experienced by those with acquired hearing loss and explores ways of reducing those difficulties and improving quality of life and well-being for them and their friends and family.
What will we cover?
The course covers coping with conversations in difficult listening situations. Topics will be geared towards the group’s suggested needs, and are likely to include conversation in background noise, conversation at restaurants and at the dinner table, watching TV, using the telephone, communicating with people you find hard to understand.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain your communication needs to other people
• Use communication strategies to cope in difficult listening situations
• Request clarification when you have not understood
• Be aware of the importance of lipreading
• Be aware of assistive listening devices.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or training in the subject is needed.
This course is delivered in spoken English. This course will not be delivered in sign language .
You will need to be able to read sentences and follow verbal instructions. Participants should be able to function effectively in a group situation as there will be group discussions. However, care will be taken to ensure hearing loss is not a barrier to group participation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions are structured so that the class members can discuss and focus on their particular communication issues and needs. The aim is for participants to look at the problems and come up with solutions to try out, under the guidance of the tutor. In class there will be group work, pair work and tutor explanation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no materials or extra costs. You may find it helpful to bring a pen and notebook and an A4 folder for any handouts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will be given information about other courses that may be relevant e.g. Mindfulness skills for hearing loss, Lipreading and managing hearing loss.