Sam Trychin, a psychologist who specializes in improving communication strategies for people with hearing loss, will speak during a meeting hosted by Hearing Loss Association of America Rochester Chapter at 6 p.m. on May 1 at Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave.
His talk, “Hearing Loss and Emotional Regulation: Building Resilience,” will discuss how people with hearing loss can react with negative emotions like frustration, fear, anxiety and/or anger when confronted with difficult hearing situation. Trychin said these emotional effects happen when the listener unexpectedly confronts or anticipates a scenario where it is important to understand, but misses or misinterprets what is being said.
“Emotional arousal often interferes with clear thinking, resulting in failure to undertake helpful actions in preventing or resolving communication difficulties,” Trychin said.
The presentation will illustrate ways to prevent or reduce such emotional reactions and improve hearing and understanding.
Trychin operates a private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania. He focuses on psychosocial interventions for people with hearing loss and their communication partners, and deals with training for individuals with stress-related disorders.
He is the mental health and rehabilitation adviser to HLAA, and serves on the Pennsylvania Council on Aging. Trychin, who authored 15 books and wrote several professional book chapters and journal articles, produced DVDs that target skills for living better with hearing loss. He and his wife, Janet, an audiologist, conduct workshops and training programs.
Hearing accessibility options will include an inductive hearing loop from HLAA Rochester, open captions and American Sign Language interpretation. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
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