Modifying Activities for the Hearing Impaired

Modifying Activities for the Hearing Impaired 

One of the most challenging obstacles that professionals face in supporting a life of quality for people in home health settings, hospice, long-term care, and residential care is the prevalence of hearing loss among older adults. Hearing loss is a common health condition in the United States (CDC). It is estimated that 50% of people aged 70 years and older have disabling hearing loss (NIDCD). Having a hearing impairment can impede participation and limit activity. This contributes to social isolation, depression, frustration, and demanding behavior. The good news is that simple modifications in daily care can greatly improve quality of life for people living with hearing loss by promoting safety, independence, and participation. This course will help all caregivers get started making simple modifications and creating more inclusive service and residential environments


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-MAHI
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Examine the impact of hearing loss on a person's activities
Modify common activities to include people with a hearing impairment.
Identify three modifications that can be made to live presentations and group instruction that encourage the participation of people with a hearing impairment.

Section 1: Introduction A. About this Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Understanding the Impact A. Introduction: B. Daily Life C. The Impact D. Assistive Devices E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Social Activities A. Conversations B. Entertaining C. Eating in a Group Setting D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Everyday Activities A. Modifications to Living Spaces B. Alarms and Notifications C. Cooking D. Driving a Car E. Using Mass Transit F. Summary Section 5: Public Presentations A. Educational Programs and Guest Speakers B. Group Classes C. Theatre and Concerts D. Religious Services E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Congratulations!

Instructor: Kathryn Kilpatrick
Kathryn is the author of over 30 products sold nationally including the Visiting Nurse Service Therapy Guides (Volumes 1-5) for Speech and Language Disorders. Her background in speech and language pathology, specializing in serving the older adult population for over 3 decades, led to the development of Communication Connection in 2000 as a geriatric communication consultant. Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings in Ohio including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and home health care. She is a motivational speaker, marketing consultant and trainer on the local, state and national level and her programs and products focus on enhancing the quality of life of the older adult and supporting their families, friends and caregivers. She conducts family support groups and staff training on Life Enhancement and her recent area of focus has been in working with families coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her motivational and informative memory wellness programs are presented to all ages, from senior centers to corporate America. She is the author of Walking the Path to Memory Fitness One Week at a Time and recently created Memory Fitness Matters ( to meet the needs of those interested in learning more about brain health and successful aging. Her website ( provides a multitude of communication and activity suggestions that will enhance time spent with an older adult along with a free quarterly email newsletter. Her latest product includes a book for caregivers or patients who would appreciate additional assistance: Because You Care - What to do when you do not know what to do. Disclosure: Kathryn Kilpatrick has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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