U3A education sessions
One of our key commitments at Soundfair is to eliminate the social and emotional impacts of hearing conditions through education. We want workplaces, families and the general community to understand how hearing conditions impact social interactions, mental health and wellbeing and relationships, and to develop the mindset that communication is everybody’s business.
The best way to achieve that shift in thinking is by offering educational programs to businesses, governments and community groups. We recently delivered a short course to a U3A (University of the Third Age) community group where topics like the biology of the ear, the prevalence and impact of hearing loss, and communication strategies were covered. We also discussed the extra strain that COVID-19 is placing on those of us living with hearing conditions, with face masks, safety screens and social distancing all impacting negatively on communication.
One of the attendees, Pete Levy, spoke about his hearing journey at Soundfair’s Yarn Night.
The group was a pleasure to interact with and their feedback was very positive – we certainly hope to engage with further U3A groups in the future.