Sound Advice by Ruth Bernstein
After I’ve filled my head with this wondrous scene, I return to the ballroom to greet friends and staff, taste delicious mini-dishes concocted for this occasion by a talented group of chefs, study the wines and window shop the special gifts that are being auctioned off in support of CHC.
I always come prepared to communicate with the streamer and mic that work with my hearing aids. These assistive devices are an integral part of the way I hear at parties and other noisy functions. With the holiday season coming up, it’s time to review coping strategies. Here’s a link you may find useful at holiday time.
The best part of The Feast is seeing the 400+ people who gather to show their support for the wonderful work the Center for Hearing and Communication does year-round and celebrate those individuals who have been particularly helpful. I can hear and understand every word because the room is looped and there is CART (real-time captioning). An ASL interpreter is available for those who use sign language.
Bill Ritter and Rose, a CHC client
Bill Ritter, of Eyewitness News, is the emcee for The Feast. This year he interviewed Rose, a poised six-year-old with two cochlear implants. Rose exemplifies the successful work CHC does with young children with hearing loss. It was a pleasure to hear her speak!
As a longtime client, I’m grateful to the people who support CHC and make it possible for the staff to deliver services to everyone with hearing loss in our community, including me.
Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season!
Ruth Bernstein Consumer Advocate