It shouldn't be assumed that all Russian immigrants to Israel understand Hebrew. It's already been said that it's hard to learn Hebrew, particularly for Russian speakers who are hearing impaired. it's a new language, often with unfamiliar words and concepts, and they have trouble filling in the gaps, like other hearing-impaired people speaking their mother tongue can do. Conversation and comprehension become complicated and frustrating.
In SHEKEL's Hearing Center for Haifa and the north, a Russian-speaking support group of several dozen hearing-impaired people meets regularly. Mrs. Helen Katzman, volunteer group leader, is also an instructor in hearing accessibility at the center. The group hears lectures with the aid of a transcriber who types the words on a computer hooked up to a screen enabling the participants to read the words as soon as they are spoken.
In addition we provide an amplification system for use by the hearing impaired.