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Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:59 am
by Elaine Glimme
Hi, Tui,

We have a Senior Net. I'm not sure if it's called that in California. I had a friend who was bed bound, and his main social interaction was over the phone. I think it was called Senior Net, but I'm not sure. They had all kinds of classes and, I'll bet sign was one of them.
And learning sign is another way to exercise your brain by learning a new language.

Inspire, I don't know if this is your thing or not. But a possibility for sure.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:18 am
by inspiresuccess
tui wrote:I know it can be very tiring when a health condition starts acting up and you have to draw on reserves of energy that are barely there. You can do it, though, and it's usually worth the effort - when you look back later :roll: Finding the alternatives, even making your own - not to 'pass as normal' but to move into new ways of being and doing. It can be an interesting adventure, as I've found.


Thank you so much, Tui. I appreciate your support and your message of hope and adventure.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:25 am
by inspiresuccess
The limitation of sign language is you're limited to only speaking to people who speak it. It's like having English as your first language and Spanish as your second. It's nice to know Spanish, but you can only speak it to other people who speak Spanish.

This is why my focus is on things like lipreading.

I've started a lip reading class online at lipreading.org. I've been doing it for several days and recommend it to others looking for online lip reading classes. You can sign up for daily email alerts. That makes it nice because I won't forget to do it. I get an email every day, click on the link and do my next assignment.

Here are some suggestions for anyone who wants to try it. When it is multiple choice, use a hand mirror and pronounce every word in the mirror. Then guess what the answer is. Saying the choices out loud and watching how my mouth forms them in the mirror has increased my accuracy.

Elaine, I got the mirror idea from you. Thanks so much for that idea. I think it really makes a difference.

Other suggestions for getting the most out of this program -- you can repeat all the assignments as many times as you want. I've been repeating them several times each day, to help sink the learning into my brain. If you just guess answers and move on, although it may be fun, you won't be learning as fast.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:43 pm
by Elaine Glimme
Inspire, I'm glad you're learning to lip read. I hope you get a lot out of the class. And it's exercise for your brain as well. So win-win. :D

Oh, I just saw your post in the exercising your brain topic. Great minds think alike. :D

And I'm glad you're posting about it. This will help a lot of other people.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:26 pm
by inspiresuccess
Hi. There is someone in my area collecting signatures at Change.org to get a lip reading class at my local community college, Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, CA. I went to Change.org but I can't figure out how to find this particular petition. If anyone can help me with this, let me know. I'm doing an online class but it would be great to have an actual, real live class with other people to practice with at the local college.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:52 pm
by Elaine Glimme
I scrolled down the home page of Change.org. There are a group of topics written inside of bubbles. I clicked on "health." A search box appeared, and I typed "lip reading class Diablo Valley College" and found the petition.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:51 am
by inspiresuccess
Elaine Glimme wrote:I scrolled down the home page of Change.org. There are a group of topics written inside of bubbles. I clicked on "health." A search box appeared, and I typed "lip reading class Diablo Valley College" and found the petition.


Thanks, Elaine. I appreciate that. I hope other people will sign the petition as well. Hearing loss is one of the highest health concern of seniors. With baby boomers becoming seniors, there are a huge number of people who will benefit from a lip reading class. Community colleges are supposed to offer classes appropriate for their community. My local college doesn't think lip reading is relevant to the community.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:19 pm
by Fotografa
I am happy you started the lip reading class, Inspire Success. I think you have a point when talking about the sign language. For you it's better lip reading, and you can use it with everybody.
Congratulations!

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:53 pm
by inspiresuccess
Here's the actual link for the petition for the lip reading class if you want to sign. https://www.change.org/search?q=lip%20r ... %20College

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:58 pm
by inspiresuccess
Elaine, HELP! I did what you suggested and found the petition on Change.org but when I click on my own link that I just posted below, I don't see where you actually SIGN the petition. Where? I want people to be able to sign it but if I can't figure it out, how will others be able to do so? Jeez, I hate being such a dunce about internet stuff. It drives me nuts!

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:03 pm
by inspiresuccess
Hi Fotografa,

Thanks for your support. I thought maybe you'd disappeared from the Boards. I'm glad to see you're still with us. Be sure and keep us posted on your adventures here in the U.S.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:25 am
by SquarePeg
Here's a more direct link to that petition:
https://www.change.org/p/diablo-valley- ... ey-college

The previous link was to invoke a search engine.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:43 am
by Elaine Glimme
There's a picture of a pair of lips and a lot of letters. If you click on the picture, you'll get to the place where you sign the petition.

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:09 pm
by inspiresuccess
SquarePeg wrote:Here's a more direct link to that petition:
https://www.change.org/p/diablo-valley- ... ey-college

The previous link was to invoke a search engine.


Thanks, SquarePeg. I clicked on it but I still don't see where to actually sign the petition. On the right side it says ways to "share the petition" but isn't there someplace where someone can click on and say "add me to the petiton"?

Re: Wish to connect with people - Severe Hearing Loss

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:38 pm
by Elaine Glimme
There's a picture with a pair of lips and a lot of letters. If you click on the picture, that takes you to the petition, and you can sign it there. You have to log on and make a password if you don't have one, but that's how you sign the petition.