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Live confidently with hearing loss

For those dealing with hearing loss, the challenges can be many. But what if there was a free course to help you build your skills and deal with hearing loss better? Well, there is such a course, and it's local. Host organization People Who Care brings together the expertise of several other partner agencies to offer "Living Confidently With Hearing Loss," a four-session support program for adults. The four classes cover the following issues, with Class One beginning Feb. 2.

• Class one: "Dealing with Hearing Loss: Emotional Impacts and Challenges," led by Mary Anne Halvorson, R.N., of the Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

• Class two: "Hearing Loss Causes and Overview of Treatment Options"

• Class three: "Communication Strategies, Assistive Listening Devices, and Testimonials"

• Class four: "Hearing Loss Overview, Panel Discussion, Opportunity for Personal Questions and Answers"

While the program is free, registration is required. Space is limited. So, call one of the following today to find out more and to reserve your spot: People Who Care - 445-2480 or Prescott Hearing Loss Association, 227-1809.

More than 10 million Americans report that they have hearing loss, defined as difficulty hearing normal conversation. Hearing loss affects more than 4 million Americans age 65 and older, and almost 6 million Americans under age 65, according to the National Academy on an Aging Society. Hearing loss can have a profound impact on an individual's emotional, physical and social well-being.

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