By age 65, one in three people experience hearing loss. By age 75, it's half of us. These statistics make it VERY likely that we will deal with hearing loss, either our own or that of our colleagues and family. The statistics refer to the general population. What are our own experiences? How did we cope? What solutions have worked best? Which aspects of hearing loss proved intractable? It can be very helpful to share our own situations.
Later this year ARRUF will be a co-sponsor of a one-day conference on hearing loss: the physiological changes, the psychological and social side (did hearing loss affect students' reactions to your class?), and the newest technological solutions. In preparation we will continue discussing this many-faceted phenomenon and the social costs of leaving hearing loss untreated. As a group in the right age range and with many disciplinary backgrounds among us, we could be participants or co-PIs in some kinds of studies.
Mark the second Tuesdays in the month for ongoing discussions followed by lunch at the Faculty Club.
Want to explore some background materials before our first conversation? Click away!
Wall Street Journal Article: Hearing Aids Are Getting Smarter
Narional Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Tinnitus Association