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Self Help For Hard of Hearing People
11th International Convention
June 21-24, 1996
Orlando, Florida

The 11th International SHHH Convention, with its many informative
workshops, exhibitors demonstrating the latest technological
advances in hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and an
educational children's workshop, is guaranteed to be exciting and

A major feature is our Third Annual SHHH Research Symposium which
will focus on an issue of vital concern to SHHH members - the
latest in hearing aid research. Learn about research on improving
hearing aids and have your questions answered by experts in the

Take advantage of early-bird rates by May 15, 1996.

Reed Hundt, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), will be the guest speaker at the Opening General Session
on Friday evening, June 21. Chairman Hundt's tenure at the FCC
has been guided by two principles: the FCC should base its
decisions on the public interest; and, the FCC should write fair
rules of competition for the communication sector.

Chairman Hundt and SHHH share a commitment to ensure that people
who are hard of hearing are able to be a part of the
communications revolution. SHHH has been working with the FCC on
key issues such as access to digital, wireless telephones,
hearing aid compatibility for wireless telephones, FM
interference, and captioning.


Preliminary Schedule

(Subject to change. Final schedule will appear in the Convention


   * RealTime Captioning - Where Do I Find It?
     Deanna Baker [Intermediate]

     This session will answer your questions about how to find a
good real-time captioning professional for meetings or events
requiring accessibility. Special emphasis will be placed on
finding a captioner to work pro bono. Topics will include:
varying skill levels, certifications, equipment needs, lighting
requirements and costs. You will also leave this workshop with an
understanding of how the steno machine works and what the real-
time reporter does and the skills required.
     Monday, June 24 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

   * Development of a Coalition of People with Hearing Loss on
the State Level
     Carol M. Granaldi [Introductory]

     The goal of this panel discussion is to give the history of
progress which has been made on the state level in raising
awareness of the needs of hard of hearing and late-deafened
citizens in New Jersey. The members of the panel will discuss the
areas where communication facilitation has been successfully
implemented and how awareness of hearing loss broadened from
''deaf focused'' to ''hearing loss focused''.
     Saturday, June 22 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   * Basic and Advanced Public Speaking Skills
     Sharon Campbell [All Levels]

     Participants in this training session will learn the
fundamentals of effective public speaking. Special emphasis will
be placed on accessibility and advocacy. Competent public
speakers will learn advanced information about effectively
communicating statistics, conveying complicated information, and
making and using visual aids. Saturday, June 22 3:20 p.m.-4:50


   * New Ways to Listen - Coping with Vision and Hearing Loss
     Martha Bagley, M.A. [Introductory]

     This workshop will explore ways to adapt the strategies used
with hearing loss when vision is reduced. Coping strategies
covered will range from adapting oral communication strategies to
tactile communication techniques. Some attention will also be
given to low vision and adaptive devices used by visually
impaired persons to perform everyday tasks.
     Monday, June 24 8:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.


   * Cochlear Implant Consumer Panel
     John Niparko, M.D. [All Levels]

     This workshop will feature a panel of cochlear implant
users. Each participant will describe how they decided to have
cochlear implant surgery. Panel members will also describe their
adjustments to hearing loss and how cochlear implant surgery has
impacted their lives. Time will be allotted for questions from
the audience.
     Saturday, June 22 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

   * Cochlear Implants Overview and 1996 Update
     Noel L. Cohen, M.D. [Intermediate]

     Cochlear implants have restored some degree of hearing to
thousands of people, and, yet, controversy surrounds their use.
Discussions will include the theoretical basis of cochlear
implants, the differing designs and stimulation strategy of
current devices, and the results in both adults and children.
Techniques of implantation including risks and complications will
also be discussed.
     Saturday, June 22 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

   * Ask the Doctor
     Noel L. Cohen, M.D. [All Levels]

     How many times have you been to see the doctor only to
forget your most important questions? Here's your chance to ask
the doctor your hearing loss related questions. Arm yourself with
more information before your next check-up. The doctor is in.
     Saturday, June 22 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


   * Computer/Electronic Accommodations for Individuals with
Disabilities Paul J. Singleton and Joyce Dickerson

     Through their work with the Department of Defense
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, the presenters have
provided accommodation solutions for thousands of people with
hearing loss all over the world. In this workshop, they will
explain how to conduct a needs assessment in the workplace for
the most appropriate accommodation solutions.
     Monday, June 24 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

   * Your Vocational Self Concept - A Key to Employment Success
     Virginia Anne Johnson, Ed.D., M.Ed. [Introductory]

     This workshop will focus on research indicating that
employers retain and promote workers with positive vocational
self concepts that contribute to higher morale, greater
motivation and increased productivity. You will learn strategies
for building a positive vocational self concept through the use
of self messages called ''performance enhancers.'' Input from
SHHH members participating in a 1994 survey will indicate that a
positive vocational self concept affected their job success by
impacting on both job retention and advancement.
     Monday, June 24 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   * Succeeding in the Workplace - Resources for Job Seeking and
Job Accommodation
     Douglas Watson, Ph.D., Steven E. Boone, Ph.D., Dayl
Scherich, Ph.D., Paul Berkay, Ph.D., and Connie Knighton, M.Ed.

     This presentation will focus on two key aspects of
employment, getting a job and requesting accommodations. The
video-based job interviewing curriculum focuses on the unique
communication-oriented problems faced by hard of hearing persons
during job interviews. The job accommodations curriculum includes
computerized materials that overview reasonable accommodations.
Participants will be encouraged to use these materials in the
companion workshop, ''succeeding at Work - Your Turn,'' given by
the same presenters (see below).
     Saturday, June 22 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

   * Succeeding at Work - Your Turn

     Participants will be provided with ''ands on'' opportunities
to use materials developed to enhance employability. Experts will
review and assist participants in enhancing their skills at
writing resumes, interviewing, and seeking job accommodations. To
participate, bring your resume for a personal critique along with
a blank VHS tape to evaluate your interview. Schedule your
appointment at the workshop or on the sign up sheet at the
information booth.


   * Hard of Hearing Parents of Hearing Children - A Discussion
Group Terry Golson [Introductory]

     Parenting brings joys and worries. Hard of hearing parents
face unique situations, from understanding toddler babble, to
participating in parent-teacher conferences, to wondering whether
a teenager will have patience with their speechreading.
Participants in this round-table discussion will be encouraged to
share concerns and advice. Topics include assistive listening
devices, communication strategies, and discussion on how to stay
part of your child's hearing world.
     Saturday, June 22 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

   * Hearing in Marriage
     Edward Clifford, Ph.D., and Miriam Clifford, Ph.D.

     In this workshop, a panel consisting of four or five couples
with different hearing profiles will discuss the impact of their
hearing status on their marriage. The goal of the panel is to
help participants look at the impact their hearing loss has on
their marriage, to increase awareness of the effects of hearing
loss on marital relationships, and to encourage open exploration
of those effects.
     Monday, June 24 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

   * Coping Strategies for People Who are Hard of Hearing and
Their Families
     Sam Trychin, Ph.D. [Introductory]

     This session presents information on the variety of things
that hard of hearing people and their family members need to know
and do in order to cope effectively with hearing loss. Topics on
the agenda include: causes of communication breakdowns,
interpreting an audiogram, and communication behavior guidelines.
     Monday, June 24 10:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

   * Coping with Hearing Loss - Perspective of Hearing Family
Members and Friends
     Sam Trychin, Ph.D., and Janet Albright, M.A., CCC-A

     Hearing loss affects both the listener who is hard of
hearing and the speaker who is trying to be understood. This
workshop will provide a friendly forum for people who live with
or frequently relate to those of us who have a hearing loss.
People who are hard of hearing are also invited in order to gain
an understanding of the issues and concerns of those with whom
they frequently relate.
     Saturday, June 22 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


   * Medications May Cause Hearing Loss
     Della Warner, Pharm.D., R.Ph. [Introductory]

     Those who attend this workshop will leave with a thorough
     understanding of ototoxic medications. The most dangerous
medications and substances most physicians and scientists
consider ototoxic will be identified by their generic and trade
names. Questions will be answered about any concerns with
specific medications.
     Monday, June 24 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   * Eye on Vision
     Ruth Fangmeier, DSW [Introductory]

     Vision problems tend to be overlooked and under-treated,
even though they are one of the most common and potentially
disabling conditions of later life. This workshop will provide
basic information about functional vision loss, public attitudes
on vision loss issues, and rehabilitation. Assistive and optical
devices will be available for participants to examine and try. A
captioned video tape will illustrate the functional aspects of
vision loss.
     Monday, June 24 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   * New Approaches to Thinking about Your Health, Your Genetics
and Your Hearing
     John Niparko, M.D. [Intermediate]

     Overall, heredity may be directly involved in as many as
one-third of all cases of hearing loss, and, in many more cases,
indirectly. The arrival of enhanced understanding of genes
responsible for many diseases promises to change medical
approaches to evaluation and treatment. This presentation will
review information on the genetic disorders that produce hearing
loss, how gene abnormalities produce sensorineural hearing loss,
how genetic hearing loss is diagnosed, advancements in our
understanding of mechanisms that underlie genetic hearing loss,
and methods of controlling the factors that contribute to
sensorineural hearing loss and prospects for novel therapies.
Saturday, June 22 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


   * Advocating For Communication Access
     Sharon R. Brinks, Esq. [Intermediate]

     This workshop will focus on useful strategies and sample
letters to obtain the communication access that state and federal
laws provide. Access can be achieved without the need to hire
legal counsel or access governmental agencies. This workshop
presumes a basic understanding of the laws regarding
     Saturday, June 22 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


   * Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
     Michael D. Seidman, M.D., and Mary Jo Burtka, M.A., CCC-A

     Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is an irreversible form of
     sensorineural hearing loss resulting from cochlear and nerve
damage. This mini-seminar will address NIHL, including
epidemiology, relevant cochlear anatomy, pathophysiology and
methods of prevention.
     Saturday, June 22 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


   * Parent-Professional Teamwork To Empower Our Children
     Ellen A. Rhoades, Ed.S. [Introductory/Intermediate]

     When there is a breakdown in the parent-professional
relationship, it is the child who suffers the most. In this panel
discussion, primary attention will be focused on the
parentprofessional dyad. This relationship will set the stage for
the parent-child relationship and the child's future development.
     Saturday, June 22 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

   * Classroom Management of the Child Who is Hard of Hearing
     Preferential Seating is Not Enough
     Carol Flexer, Ph.D. [Introductory/Intermediate]

     The purpose of this presentation is to discuss audiologic,
teacher, parent, and classroom management of today's children who
experience hearing loss of any type and degree, including otitis
media and unilateral hearing loss. There will be discussions and
demonstrations of the technology needed to enhance a listening
function. Classroom management strategies will be discussed as
will the inclusion of hearing-related objectives on educational
management plans.
     Saturday, June 22 3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

   * Living with Hearing Loss -- A Lifelong Educational Process:
     A Parent and Child's Perspective
     Joan E. H. Miller, Ed.M., and Cara Anne Miller [All Levels]

     This workshop is a personal account of a parent and child's
discovery of how living with a severe hearing loss in a hearing
society is a dynamic, life-long educational process. Together,
this child and her parents embark on a journey of adaptation and
accommodation at each successive stage of the child's
development. Suggested learning skills and parent empowerment
strategies are offered to families sharing similar experiences.
     Monday, June 24 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.


   * Speechreading - It's More Than Just Lip Service!
     Barbara Liss Chertok [Introductory / Intermediate]

     This workshop will offer an overview of the phonetic
alphabet and its 43 basic shapes-of-sound of the English
language, homophenous words, nonverbal clues, situational clues,
coping/communication strategies, assertive behavior and mirror
practice. The objective of this workshop is to help you get
started on improving your speechreading skills and
coping/communication strategies.
     Saturday, June 22 3:20 p.m.- 4:50 a.m.

   * Beyond Hearing Aids
     Scott J. Bally, M.S., CCC-SLP, Harriet Kaplan, Ph.D., Alison
Levy, and Janet L. Pray, Ph.D., LICSW [Intermediate / Advanced]

     This two-part workshop offers a problem-solving model and
exercise. During the morning session, problems related to hearing
loss will be identified and a problem-solving method presented.
The facilitators of this workshop have expertise in the areas of
psychosocial aspects of hearing loss, hearing aids and
communication technology, legal aspects of hearing loss,
speechreading and communication strategies. The afternoon session
will be an open forum.
     Saturday, June 22 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


   * A Partnership for Success
     Raymond Trybus, Ph.D., T. Jordon Goulder, Ph.D., Sam
Trychin, Ph.D., Carren Stika, Ph.D., and Janet Albright, M.A.,
CCC-A [Intermediate]

     This presentation will inform and update the SHHH membership
about the newly-established Rehabilitation Research and Training
Center on Mental Health for Hard of Hearing or Late-Deafened
Persons (RRTC), to which SHHH is a subcontractor. The presenters
represent the entire staff of the RRTC and are looking forward to
meeting with SHHH members.
     Monday, June 24 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.


   * Hearing Technology Research and Accessibility -Discussion
and Dialogue

     Anita B. Haravon, M.S., and Mark Ross, Ph.D. [Intermediate]

     This two-and-one half hour presentation will update
consumers about ongoing hearing technology research from The
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing
Enhancement and Assistive Devices at the Lexington Center in
Queens, New York.
     Accomplishments and future plans of the RERC will be
highlighted, including a computer-assisted notetaking remote
transcription system and a voice-activated TTY.
     Saturday, June 22 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   * Nuts, Bolts, Pipes and Tubes-- Understanding Hearing Aids
and Earmolds

     Bradley B. Ingrao, M.S.Ed.,CCC-A [Intermediate]

     Hearing aids can be a bane or a boon. But how does the
consumer, know if what the dispenser is selling something new or
just hype? Once you get the hearing aid, how "trouble free" is
it? A basic understanding of how hearing aids and earmolds
function and interact with the human ear can help consumers
protect their best interest. Time is allotted for questions and
     Monday, June 24 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

   * All About Captioning
     Trisha O'Connell, M.B.A. [Intermediate]

     In this workshop, The Caption Center will answer your
questions as well as update you on the projects they have been
working on over the past year. The Caption Center will also
provide updates on the uses of captioning in the classroom and
the Motion Picture Access Project. Saturday, June 22 3:20 p.m. -
4:50 p.m.

   * Access to Wireless Phones
     Brenda Battat and Panel

     SHHH has worked intensively to ensure that hearing aid
wearers will be able to use the new digital wireless phones which
currently cause interference if used in close proximity to many
hearing aids. A panel of all interested parties will outline the
issues and update you on the status of the wireless
industry/consumer cooperative effort charged to find solutions to
the problem of interference and lack of hearing-aid compatibility
in wireless phones.
     Monday, June 24 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

   * SHHH On-Line
     Nancy Macklin [Introductory]

     Climb aboard and take a guided tour through our on-line
home, SHHH On-Line. You will first visit the Bulletin Board
before going to the Software Library, and then to the last stop,
the Real Time Conference area where a live "chat" will take
place. SHHH On-Line staff will be available to demonstrate the
exiting features and to answer your questions.
     Monday, June 24 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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