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CRMC LAUNCHES NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING LOSS – 08/30/2011

First session slated for September 12

August 30, 2011 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced today a new, free support group for individuals suffering from Hearing Loss supported by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The group sessions, to be held quarterly, will offer advice, encouragement and education to people with hearing loss. The first session will be on Monday, September 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at CRMC’s main Harris campus in the Garden Level meeting room, located across from the cafeteria.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 million Americans (17 percent) have some degree of hearing loss, making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

CRMC’s new support group will be led by Dr. Deborah Lynn, a local audiologist, and will provide individuals with the latest information about the impact of hearing loss, the technology options available, and will also provide a unique forum for individuals to discuss strategies to manage hearing loss.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Ms. Stephanie Morse at smorse1@hvc.rr.com

HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. To learn more about the HLAA, visit www.hearingloss.org