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LCCLL class to focus on adults with hearing loss

March 13, 2009

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Communication strategies for adults with hearing loss will be the focus of a series of classes at the Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy, and Learning (LCCLL).  The classes will teach participants strategies for improving listening and lip reading skills as well as how to create the best listening environment.  Sessions will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 1, 8, 15, and 22 (all Wednesday mornings) at the LCCLL located at Third and Main streets in Farmville above the Daily Grind.  The fee for all four classes is $25 per person and can be paid at the first session. The fee for two members from the same family is $35. Those interested should call the center at 395.2972 for more information.

Sessions will be conducted by graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program under the supervision of Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, director of the LCCLL and a certified speech-language pathologist.

"Past participants report that the class has assisted them with their lip-reading skills, managing listening in noisy situations, and in improving their confidence," said Dr. Power-deFur.

Signs of hearing loss in adults include only hearing part of what others say; asking others to repeat what is said; not laughing at jokes because of missing too much of the story; not hearing the doorbell or telephone; having others tell you that you do not hear well. Signs of hearing loss in children include unclear speech; inconsistent response to sound; delayed language and speech development; not following directions; not responding when called; and loud volumes on electronic equipment.

Established in fall 2006, the LCCLL is an interdisciplinary center that provides tutoring, early intervention, and speech and language services to adults and children.