Hard of Hearing group to lobby for better services

Kelowna group says public buildings in Kelowna and the Okanagan should be better equipped

A group of seniors in Kelowna are completing a course today on the effects of hearing loss and what can be done to help.

The Society for Learning in Retirement is concluding with a guest lecture called Listen Up: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly About Hearing Loss.

The session with guest speaker Dr. Charlotte Jones it from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Martin Centre at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

Jones will speak about hearing loss and recent findings that its associated with poorer quality of life including loneliness and social isolation, depression, cognitive decline and dementia.

The event is being held in a classroom that has an Auras Hearing Loop installed, allowing them to hear better.

Member Marie MacRae says more needs to be done to support people who are hard of hearing.

“The class intends to follow up the course by bringing the need for hearing systems in public buildings by contacting the provincial and civic governments as well as public venues.”

For more information contact Dr. Jones at charlotte.jones@ubc.ca.

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