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UPMC Offers Free Educational Sessions on Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids


PITTSBURGH , June 2008 — Managing hearing loss can be complicated both for the person experiencing hearing loss and for their loved ones, and researching and purchasing hearing aids can be time-consuming and expensive. To help address these issues, the Department of Audiology and Hearing Aids at UPMC’s Eye and Ear Institute offers free informational sessions to inform the public of the options available for hearing health care.

Taught by Kim Uccellini, M.A., audiologist, sessions take place at the UPMC Eye and Ear Institute, 203 Lothrop St., Oakland. Each session offers three, one-hour long classes, and participants can choose to attend one, two or all of the classes. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month. Upcoming dates include July 10, 5 to 8 p.m.; Aug. 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and Sep. 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Class subjects include:

Understanding Hearing Loss

Designed for anyone affected by hearing loss, whether personally or by a loved one, this class will provide general information about the hearing process and how hearing loss can impact daily life. Topics will cover communication difficulties associated with hearing loss, types of hearing loss, understanding hearing loss and hearing tests, and general information about the hearing process.

Hearing Aid Technology

This class will inform participants on the different styles and technologies of hearing aids, as well as guidelines on how to choose a qualified professional to assist in the hearing aid process.

Telephone Options and Other Assistive Technology

This class will teach participants about proper telephone and cell phone use for people with hearing aids. Additional information will be provided on other alerting and communication devices available.


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