Conference to Help Couples Cope With Hearing Loss
Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Offers Hope for Better Communication
May 5, 2011
UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communications Disorders is hosting a weeklong conference to help couples with hearing loss better communicate with the aid of new technology from May 17-21.
“Hearing loss is difficult enough, but it is especially hard on a marriage,” said Dr. Linda Thibodeau, professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas. “Hearing aids alone are not enough. People who have impaired hearing need to learn new ways to communicate with each other and with family members.”
Thibodeau is hosting the Summer Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Conference (SIARC) at the center’s Richardson campus, 811 Synergy Park Blvd. Registration is $350 per couple or $175 per individual.
The conference includes daily classes and real-world practice. Couples learn about new devices, including hearing aids and other technology that people detect ordinary sounds, such as phones, televisions and doorbells. Persons with normal and impaired hearing learn strategies for talking and listening. Participants will be able to try digital hearing aids and use various assistive listening devices that work with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
“SIARC is designed for a participant with a hearing loss and his or her communication partner,” Thibodeau said. “The communication partner may be a spouse, family member, friend or co-worker.”
Dr. Aage Moller, professor of cognition and neuroscience and holder of the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Endowed Chair in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, will present a lecture on the causes and treatments for tinnitus in hearing aid users.
Faculty from the Advance Hearing Research Center at the Callier Center also will share the latest findings and innovations in hearing research and discuss opportunities for participation in research studies.
For more information about the conference, call 214-905-3116 or visit the Callier Center website.