Monday, January 23, 2012

Words to the Wise - from a fellow Chapter leader

Words to the Wise

This opinion piece arrived in December, too late for the January/February 2012 edition of Hearing Loss Magazine. The information still applies to people with hearing loss year-round, not just during the holidays. Special thanks to Marjie Anderson, secretary of the Clearwater Chapter in Florida, for contributing the text.

I understand the reasons that some people with hearing loss might want a bumper sticker for their car to identify them as having only partial hearing. I see the problem of letting the "right" people know what a sticker means will also eventually get to the "wrong" people as well. There was a period of time when people with the wheelchair on their license tag were being car-jacked on a regular basis (and that's when many states changed to hang tags so that drivers could put them away if their car is not parked.)

I also really like the idea of registering with your E-911 system for home. In addition, it doesn't hurt to go down to your local police and fire departments (bring cookies and they will really be happy to listen to you), explain that you have a hearing loss (which also reminds them to watch out for you on the road since you can't hear their sirens) and of course let them know where you live. At Christmas time, send them a card that is signed and then says something like "The lady who doesn’t hear so well at 123 Main Street." That will both help them remember and get you better care if you need them because they know you.

I wear a MedicAlert® bracelet for medical issues, but it also says "deaf" on it. That way it addresses my biggest peeve about being assessed with head injury, instead of my ears not working if I were to be injured in a car wreck.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Web sites - What Do You Use?

Hi, everyone.

Does your Chapter/State organization have a website? If so, what platform do you use? Would you be willing to share your experience here on this blog? Many leaders have expressed interest in having a website but don't know where to begin. They (and I!) would be grateful for your input on the topic.

I hope that the New Year brings you good health and happiness.

--Elizabeth LeBarron