Jun 222022

Noel Butterfield reports that, on Wednesday, 22nd June, the Poetry and Shakespeare groups jointly hosted a hearing workshop conducted by Catherine. “Catherine’s visit evolved out of discussions that we had pertaining to the onset of hearing loss as we age and possible strategies that we could employ in class to diminish its effects. She has worn hearing aids for 60 years and also has a cochlea implant. In addition, she has spent a decade as an advisor, counsellor and speech reading (formerly called lip reading) teacher for Better Hearing Australia. Hearing loss is a ‘silent’ (no pun intended) condition and we all left with a heightened appreciation of the issues, strategies for communicating with individuals with hearing loss, seating arrangements, etc.