"Hearing Loop," Wall Hanging, Chris Prust
Chris Prust submitted her artwork through the Call for Artists from
the ODHH Human Services Program Coordinator, Ms. Melani Kaplan.
Was on Display:
March - April 2013
"I was born with a hearing deficit. I struggled for many years without hearing aids and started wearing them in 1986. I am on my 6th pair. Hearing aids and FM systems allowed me to stay employed as a social worker for 34 years. I am now retired.
My struggles with hearing continued throughout my life until I had the
experience of using a hearing loop. A hearing loop was installed in my
church 4 years ago. It was then that my life changed forever. For the
first time in my life, I was able to hear with clarity. It was like the
speaker was inside my head and I no longer had to strain to understand
Since then I have advocated for the installation of hearing loops in
various venues. I never cease talking about my experience and how it
felt to experience 'normal' hearing for the first time in my life. I
spend a good share of my time talking with people, writing letters, and
being active in the Hearing Loss Association of America local Fox Valley
Chapter as Vice President, and also as an active member of the State
I encourage all of you to learn about hearing loops via
www.hearingloop.org (exit DHS)."
June 18, 2014