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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Hearing Loss: Grief, Isolation, Anger and Relationships Gone Sour

Penny Kennedy, M.A.
Psychotherapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, Hearing Loss Consultant

Sunday, December 11, 2011
12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

A light brunch will be served
2 CME and CE Credit Hours
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute,
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

APT Members $10, General Public $15, Students $5 (at the door)

Practice Gap/Need: Clinicians will learn how relationships are challenged when one of the family members has hearing loss. Clinicians and the community will develop insight into the frustrations of being on both sides of hearing loss; as a clinician and as a person with hearing loss.

Participants will be able to:

• Recognize the psychological and social effects of hearing loss: loss of self esteem, loss of place in the group, alienation, loneliness.
• Observe that hearing loss is not just one person's problem; those with whom they are in relationships struggle along with them.
• Observe through clinical vignettes the determination of some to weave this challenge into their lives causing them to feel victorious rather than victimized.

• Utilize skills to help them with the ongoing challenges that hearing loss imposes.

About the presenter:

Ms. Kennedy has devoted much of her professional life to working with individuals and families who are struggling with grieving the death of a loved one. She states: "I believe my success has much to do with simply giving them hope."

Twenty years ago, Ms. Kennedy was diagnosed with hearing loss. What that means in real life is that she hears about 60% of what is communicated. "I wasn't devastated, knowing that I would simply purchase hearing aids and, like eye glasses, they would correct this handicap." NOT SO!!! She states that she hears it over and over again in her own experience and from those she counsels who express a similar complaint: "You have hearing aids. Why can't you hear?" Due to this divide between the hearing world and those with hearing loss, Ms. Kennedy is on a path to build a bridge between these people who clearly care about each other and want life to be better.

Because Ms. Kennedy is keenly aware of this same gulf between those with hearing loss and their audiologists, she has been invited by the Henry Ford Health System to speak and form a working collaboration to assist providers in narrowing the psychological gap with patients.