Ivy Williams of North Carolina’s DHHS is a Hearing Impaired Specialist. Ivy is a Hard of Hearing Specialist with the Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. The most popular program in the division is the Equipment Distribution Program (EDS). You can find more information about the services at www.ncdhhs.gov/dsdhh/.
Marty Birnbaum and his spouse Roz Greenspon joined us in studio also. Marty has progressed from hearing aids of different power to his current cochlear implants. He openly talks about his early denial of a hearing loss problem despite co workers expressing concern. Once he came to acceptance of his situation, he investigated the options and is a strong proponent of hearing aids and other options to improve hearing. Marty says it’s one of the best things he’s ever done, improving his quality of life immensely. Roz and Marty actually met several years ago at a singles dance. Roz shares with us the reluctance that she initially had regarding starting a personal relationship with a man who had hearing loss and wore hearing aids. They’re a lovely couple, and it was a joy to listen to them share stories about their courtship and their lives together.
This program is full of information on hearing loss and options to consider. We also covered the programs available through the North Carloina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.