Visit our Hearing Loss Support Group

 Visit our Hearing Loss Support Group

An exciting hearing accessible event for hard of hearing

As we age, hearing loss can occur. In fact, advancing age is the most common cause of hearing loss. The realization that our hearing is diminishing brings with it many emotions. Often, we experience denial, and refuse to accept reality. We may feel isolated, and wonder if we are the only ones struggling to hear. We may feel upset because our spouse, friends and relatives act frustrated or angered by having to raise their voices and constantly repeat themselves. At work, missing critical words when conversing with bosses and colleagues can lead to embarrassment and make mistakes.

Support for the psychological effects of hearing loss isn’t easy to find. Primary physicians generally don’t test for hearing loss, much less tell us what to expect. Friends and relatives often can’t “relate”, and support on the job is rare.

There is encouragement and help out there. Whether you’re a child, teen or adult living with hearing loss, or you’re the parent or child of a hearing impaired person, support groups can be of tremendous help.

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

A support group can be started by a person with hearing loss, or by someone, such as a family member, who is affected by hearing loss. In some cases, support groups are established by nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, or experts in the field of hearing care.

A hearing loss support group can include in-person group meetings, or internet forums and “chats”. Online support groups offer friendship, support and networking opportunities for people who can’t attend or find local programs. Some online groups have more than 1000 members!

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

Generally speaking, support group members are hearing impaired and attend regular meetings on a volunteer basis. A professional facilitator—such as a hearing care professional or a psychologist—may lead the group, or, one or more members may take the helm. Some groups take an educational approach and feature speakers, panels and programs. Examples of topics may include hearing aid technology, cochlear implants, and financing options for hearing devices.

Other support groups offer emotional support, coping skills and an open forum to share both positive and negative experiences pertaining to hearing loss. Many members who are wearing hearing aids for the first time enjoy interacting with other hearing aid wearers and learning how to get the most benefit. Many family members exchange ways to support their loved ones with hearing loss. And, many support groups offer lip reading lessons. Lip reading especially benefits people with profound hearing loss.

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

Support groups can also steer you toward the right kind of hearing care professional for your particular cases such as hearing care practitioners, audiologists, otolaryngologists, cochlear implant surgeons, or speech pathologists.

Benefits of participating in a hearing loss support group:

  • Join a community of peers who understand what you’re facing
  • Achieve a sense of belonging, pride & control
  • Adjust more quickly & cope more easily with hearing loss
  • Talk openly and freely without fear
  • Reduce depression & anxiety
  • Gain input before making important hearing health decisions
  • Learn about new hearing aid technology and medical solutions
  • Get practical advice about hearing aids
  • Explore a variety of treatment options
  • Get first-hand referrals
  • Compare notes about hearing care professionals
---Adapted from Beltone Corporation

Our live Hear Now Support Group meets every Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. at the Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416 for more information contact us at:


A Hear Now Invitation from Pastor Ken

Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive,                                                                                          Chattanooga, TN 37421

Dear Friend,

Do you or someone you know suffer hearing loss?  We at Oakwood Baptist Church have set up a hearing center with an FM listening system.

This system also includes the wire loop for hearing aids with “T” coils in them.

We are creating a friendly hearing accessible atmosphere for everyone to hear clearly the Word of God.

Your hearing loss is very important to us and we care about your need to hear. You will not be the only one, you will be among others who suffer hearing loss.

Bring your cares to us for prayer and assistance. We know what you are going through and want to help. Our people are very friendly and caring. Many of them understand the struggle to hear in church.

Make a visit Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and ask any usher to direct you to the “Hearing Center.” Pick out a hearing unit and an ear piece then sit anywhere in the church.
Join us on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. for the Hear Now Support class/group for hard of hearing and families. Learn how to deal with hearing loss. Develop coping skills to improve communication.
We will take time to pray with you over your hearing needs.

You will be among others who suffer hearing loss.  Whole families are welcome.

Invite your friends and join us Sunday.

Pastor Ken Clark



WHAT: A Christ-centered nine-step weekly Hear Now class will be conducted by David M. Harrison.  This is a peer support group, offered for hard of hearing, late deafened, friends with cochlear or Baha implants and their families.

WHEN: The Hear Now step by step series will be taught each Wednesday,  at 6:05 p.m.

WHERE: The Hear Now event will be held in the adult classroom on the ground floor at the Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga TN 37414.  The building is wheelchair accessible.

WHY: Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic health condition. They are the largest special needs population with serious quality-of-life and accessibility issues according to the World Health Organization. (WHO)

The Hear Now class has been established to help encourage those with hearing loss. Meet new friends, connect with others, share experiences, and get tips from experts.

This event is hearing accessible and equipped with the FM hearing devices and the Tele-coil loop system for those with “T” coils in their hearing aids. You will be able to see, hear and understand everything.

The Hear Now Class is a community service offering a range of talks and discussions on strategies and techniques to enable people living with hearing loss to feel independent and more self-confident.

Once a person gets a hearing aid there is still a need to learn how to best benefit from it. Join our caring support group that understands your situation. Learn how to deal with hearing loss and develop skills to improve communication.

Friends are encouraged to share their own story and bring requests to pray over your hearing needs.

HOW MUCH? The series of training is free

For more information visit: or call 423-624-1669

Come and join the most hearing friendly event in town.


Billy Graham before a large audience
Billy Graham Preaching

My Hour of Decision
by Cathy Hart Harrison

On Sunday evenings, in the summer of 1951, mom turned on Dad’s bedside radio and we kids stretched out beside her on their big bed.

The voice of the excited host, Cliff Barrows came over the airwaves: “It’s time for The Hour of Decision with Evangelist Billy Graham. Stay tuned for our timely message from the Word of God. Get a blessing as our baritone soloist George Beverly Shea sings your favorite hymns!

Great hymns like The Old Rugged Cross, Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, and How great Thou Art, laid the foundation for the most important decision that I, 11-year-old Catherine, would make in my entire lifetime. The evangelist’s familiar voice boomed over the airwaves. His sense of urgency impressed me as he spoke.

“Our world is filled with troubles: war, famine, floods, and earthquakes! How can we find hope for the future? Sin and wickedness abounds everywhere. We have lost our moral compass.

We have gone our own way and made a mess of our lives. The greatest spiritual need of man is forgiveness of sin. We need a transformation of the human heart.

Jesus wants to fill you with His love, peace and joy, which is why He came into the world. God proved His love on the cross where Christ hung, bled, and died. It was God saying, ‘I love you’.

God’s Word declares that Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, is ‘the way, the truth, and the life’, according to the Gospel of John.

Ask God to forgive your sins, the wrong things you have done, cleanse your heart, and make you His child. Make this your hour of decision because tomorrow may be too late!


As you hear the closing hymn, I’m going to ask you to come forward and receive Christ as your Savior.  You can receive Christ into your heart while listening to the radio wherever you are. Do it today.”

Later that same night, I could not fall asleep… Read the rest of the story.

How to Communicate With Patients Who Can’t Speak


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 How Do You Communicate With a Patient Who Can’t Speak?

A Communication challenge has arisen in the intensive care unit of a local medical center.

No one was able to communicate with the patient who was paralyzed and had a tracheotomy in his throat. The patient was desperately trying to tell his family something but he couldn’t speak.

The nurse was called in to help. “Sorry we cannot help you. Call the Sign Language department and see if they can help,” was the nurses’ response.”

The sign language interpreter arrives and found that the patient does not know American Sign Language.

There is a person in town who teaches “lip reading.” He may be able to help. When I arrived and Looked the situation over, my question was; “How can I read lips of a patient with a tracheotomy in his throat and a tube in his nose?” The family was getting frustrated. There must be a solution, but where?

One of the nurses asked me to visit the security office, hoping they may be able to help. I explained the problem we were having with a patient who was trying convey a message. The security officer opened a drawer filled with papers and other stuff.

He handed me a sheet of paper that listed all the foreign language interpreters or translators that could be reached by phone. The patient spoke English. Now the hunt is escalated. Where can we get help?

I have received a letter from New York City asking for help, recently:

“Are there ‘professional’ lip readers? I’m in NYC and provide language interpreters. But lately we’ve had patients who can’t speak because of damage to their throat or similar issues. They can hear and don’t use sign language.

We want someone to come in and be like an interpreter. Most sign interpreters aren’t lip readers. 
Do you know any people who are interested in this kind of work?”
Thank You, D. Jondreau

While in the security office I noticed a paper that was written in Chinese. Even though I couldn’t read the Chinese language, I saw the solution I needed to communicate with my patient. It was so simple, so basic that I was dumbfounded. You will be surprised.

Get Free E-Book: How to Communicate With Patients Who Can’t Speak

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility

Are You Considering a Cochlear Implant?

Are you considering a Cochlear Implant?

If your hearing loss has gotten to the point where hearing aids are not helping, then you may want to consider an implant. This decision is a life-long commitment. For more information read, “Steps to a Cochlear Implant.)

Start with an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor to see if you qualify. You will be appointed to apply with a surgeon to do the operation. They are few and far between and you may have to travel some to your nearest doctor.

I spent a day at Vanderbilt University Hospital get my getting my cochlear implant adjusted. The activation date was Jan. 5, 2017. Now that I have worn the implant for three months, it needed a number of adjustments to improve hearing perception.

Dr. Sara C. Unrein, Cochlear Implant Audiologist, gave many brilliant tips on how to personally adjust to the implant for better hearing. The technology is amazing and incredible. The unit partners with the Phonic behind the ear hearing aid on the left side. One button can adjust both sides to a comfortable level.

The Tele’coil system works wonders when talking on the phone, hooking up to the computer, radio or FM system where ever I can plug in the cord.

If you live in the greater Chattanooga area, you can make visit with me. We are forming a Cochlear Ear Association in Chattanooga along with the Hear Now Café.  We have several wonderful audiologists available to ask questions. Workshops on Lip Reading will be scheduled in the fall.

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Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Hearing Loss Support Specialist