Hearing-impaired learn about service dogs
The Hearing Loss Association’s southwest Connecticut chapter will meet Tuesday, May 10, 1:30, at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allan Road, Norwalk.
The featured speaker will be Danielle Drazen from Canine Companions for Independence. This is a nonprofit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with profound hearing loss.
Canine Companions places hearing dogs who alert partners to key sounds by making physical contact such as nudging the leg or arm. Among the many sounds hearing dogs are trained to recognize and respond to are a doorbell, alarm clock, smoke/fire detector or someone calling their name.
The meetings are captioned and an inductive loop is used to improve attendees’ hearing experience. The meetings serve as a means to learn about the latest technologies, discuss coping issues, and get to know other people who struggle with hearing loss