Continuing Education Institute to host community course on hearing loss, featuring national spokesperson
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Continuing Education Institute is coordinating a community enrichment class titled, “If You’d Stop Mumbling, I Would Hear Just Fine!” The course is geared towards individuals of all ages with hearing disabilities throughout the region. The class instructor is Dr. Juliette Sterkens, a National Spokesperson for the Hearing Loss Association of America.
To further support the course participants, the Platteville community is getting involved in a couple of ways. Community business owner Mike Mair, with My Hearing Loop, LLC, in Platteville, has installed a temporary hearing loop in Ullsvik Hall, Room 0112 specifically for the class. The hearing loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. In addition, the UW-Platteville Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will assist class participants from the parking lot to the classroom to ensure that all participants arrive safely.
Hearing loss comes on gradually and can have a big impact on a person’s life. Most people complain that they can hear just fine, the problem is background noise or diction of others, and resist help despite the urging of family and friends. This informative class will explain hearing loss, the audio-gram, hearing aid buying advice, what features in hearing aids are worthwhile and which are not, communication strategies, and assistive listening technologies for help in places where hearing aids are unable to deliver. The classroom will offer a temporary hearing loop. Users of hearing aids are encouraged to have the telecoil feature in their instruments activated to be able to benefit from this assistive technology.
Jessica Munz, Event Service Coordinator, Continuing Education Institute
To learn more about any of UW-Platteville’s community courses visit the Continuing Education Institute webpage, or call 800.362.5460.