Library Talks

Hold weekly informational meetings at public libraries near your school!

Idea At A Glance

A great deal of confusing and often contradictory information about hearing loss exists. For an adult who finds it challenging to engage in social interactions due to acquired, progressive hearing loss, the task of assessing this information can add to a sense of being overwhelmed.

You can make it easier for people to become better informed about hearing loss by organizing a speaker series at public libraries. The speaking events can provide relevant, user-friendly information about hearing health care to the community near your school.

You can work with the local library to ensure the events are on the general library calendar of events. You may want to partner with community organizations and clubs to help attract participants to the events.


The Boston Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America has launched a program to reach out to persons who are unsure about hearing solutions. The speaker series offers information on the basics of hearing loss, the role of hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and health insurance coverage. They intend to hold the events at inviting, neutral public spaces to create a safe forum for persons who are interested in learning more, but are wary of taking the first step towards action.

Potential Impact

Holding speaking events at public libraries can attract a broad group of people who may be on the fence about taking action, but are interested in learning more about hearing loss.

As a community market place for public education, the library talks can help break down the all too common resistance to treatment and action. Participants may be inspired to speak with other participants and share experiences about hearing loss. This may make it more likely for some to take action on their hearing loss and seek assistance from a hearing professional.

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