Hopkins Renews Program for Older People with Hearing Loss

November 30, 1994
Media Contact: John Welby
Phone: (410) 955-6680
E-mail: JWelby@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Hearing loss is a prevalent and often ignored problem among older Americans. Recognizing their need, the Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing and Balance developed the "Beyond Hearing Loss" program in 1992 and is again offering the program throughout the Baltimore area.

"More than 50 percent of all senior citizens experience some form of hearing loss," says John Welby, director of communication for the Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing and Balance. 'The goal of the Hopkins program is to educate seniors on how to recognize hearing loss, help them confront the issue of denial, and provide useful information about where they can seek treatment."

Individuals interested in scheduling a presentation or receiving a copy of the "Beyond Hearing Loss" resource guide should contact the Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing and Balance at (410) 955-6680.

The "Beyond Hearing Loss" program is a free, educational service that has been presented to more than 90 senior citizen organizations. Ninety-five percent of those surveyed after the presentation say that they found the program helpful and are more inclined to seek treatment.

The program includes a 12-minute video; a brief talk that outlines steps for getting appropriate hearing help; and a resource guide with referral information and tips to improve communication at home.

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