HLAA-LA is turning 15!
Come help us celebrate on Saturday November 2nd as we look back at the history and accomplishments of our chapter over the past decade and a half.
It takes a village to establish and maintain an active functioning group, and we have many people to thank, both those who started and those who have contributed to maintaining our chapter. A special shout out to pioneers Valerie and Willy Stern, Danny Tubbs, Katherine Burns, Alicia Fernandez, Mike Kaplan, and Grace Tiessen for brainstorming the creation of the chapter and securing a meeting location at the Hear Center in Pasadena.
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Dr. Sharzad Cohen sharing what tinnitus is all about.
Thanks to Sharzad Cohen for coming to educate us on the causes and treatment options for the very challenging condition of tinnitus. Her presentation was so informative and extensive that there wasn’t time to go through it all, and the audience had many questions on this troublesome disability.
You’ll find the meeting transcript here.
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Understanding and managing tinnitus with Dr. Sharzad Cohen.
This presentation is designed to explain different theories about the causes of tinnitus and the available therapeutic methods. A review of the recent research about tinnitus and the relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss will be offered. Tinnitus management techniques and instruments will be discussed to eradicate the myth that tinnitus has no solutions!
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August Meeting Summary – an awesome lecture and Q&A with Dan Widman!
Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s eye opening, informative and highly interesting talk by LAPD Sergeant Dan Widman, son of our very own Pat Widman.
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In an interesting development that may provide a road ahead for more captioning options throughout the U.S., 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis voted 2 to 1 in favor that Fox Theatre must provide captions whenever a patron asks. This is not just for one matinee performance per Broadway run which is commonly offered by theatres that say they offer captioning services.
Please see this article for further information and some background on how this all developed!
What a feel good story this is! A deaf man in Maine adopted a sheltered puppy who is also deaf and together they make a wonderful and touching story. And the dog also understands and is learning sign language! Interesting to think that hearing loss doesn’t just impact humans but also our canine and other furry friends!
For a good read – A deaf man and deaf puppy, a perfect pair!
Much has been said regarding Robert Mueller’s communication during his testimony. Was there an unknown healthy issue that laid question to his ability to clearly promote a sense of confidence in his testimony or was there something else? A term called “normal cognitive aging” is very real and deals with the way older adults process information that can be especially true for those with hearing loss. In case you haven’t seen it already, check out the article discussing this in more detail below.
Challenges hard of hearing older workers face.
Ever wonder how you will act or respond if LAPD pulls you over? How do you safely convey you’re hard of hearing? No matter what the situation, how should you communicate with LAPD?
Dan Widman, Pat Widman’s (former HLAA-LA President) son and current sergeant of LAPD, will help us learn how to communicate with any officer safely and effectively.
Join us for our upcoming HLAA-LA meeting on Saturday, August 24th, at our usual time and location:
Day and Time: Saturday, August 24 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.
Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!
Liz Lesan sharing her 2019 Convention experiences.
July 27 Meeting Transcript can be found here.
July Meeting Summary – Another Successful Rap Session!
Thanks to everyone who attended our July meeting rap session – while we did not have record attendance, we sure had a mighty, passionate and spirited discussion, moderated by our very own Sandy Blake!
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For those familiar with accessibility options with our phones, iPhones naturally are always ahead of the game compared to their Androids users. Recently, great strides have been made with Google Live Transcribe for your Android phone that it might be worth your while, if you have an Android, to download and try the “Google Live Transcribe”.
Recent improvements have shown enhanced functionality to better understand speech, sounds from the TV, and even offers bilingual switching of languages during conversations.
You can learn more and download here – https://www.android.com/accessibility/live-transcribe/.