Partnering with Your Hearing Professional

Animated guide partnering with hearing care professional

Everyone who needs assistance and help with their hearing needs will benefit greatly by having a supportive and strong relationship with their hearing care professional.

IDA Institute has put together an informative and fun guide called Partnering for Great Hearing Care. This brand-new animated guide shows a great partnership in action and provides practical tips for both clinicians and clients for how to build a successful partnership, based on four building blocks: build trust, connect as people, be active partners, and invite family and friends.

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Walk4Hearing is Back! Join Us!

Walk4hearing logoThe annual fundraising Long Beach Walk4Hearing is coming up on Sunday, June 5. Please see helpful information below on how to join our “LA Stars” team, if you haven’t already, and start raising funds! Your involvement will help in raising funds for our Los Angeles chapter and national organization.

To learn more and get information about Walk4Hearing, please visit our friends at the HLAA Diablo Valley chapter who put together a great Walk4Hearing overview.

For questions about the Walk, please reach out to Walk4Hearing Senior Manager, Ronnie Adler, at radler@hearingloss.org.

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March Presentation Lip Reading Summary

Those who attended our March chapter meeting enjoyed a great presentation about what is lip reading, how it can help us in noisy situations and training opportunities. And a special thank you to Ed Auer, Ph. D. and Nicole Jordan, Au.D. to take time out of their Saturday morning to present to us.

Some meeting notes to share:

There is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the speech recognition study. To learn more go to https://seehear.us/study/.

You may also reach out Ed Auer, Ph.D., with any questions at eauer@gwu.edu.

Clear masks options to review and purchase:

Watch the presentation below.

Discover Your Voice with a Professional Vocal Artist!

USC Here, My Voice Woman singing

Here, My Voice 2: Supporting the Power of Voice of Hard of Hearing People

Are you a cochlear implant or hearing aid user and interested in receiving personalized voice lessons with a professional vocal artist?

USC’s “Here, My Voice” program is looking for adults with hearing loss for the study focusing on improving vocal confidence and joy of self-expression. Participants can choose to work on vocal expressions such as singing and spoken words. The lessons will be held over Zoom or in-person for one hour per week over a 12 week period. No prior music or singing experience is required. Individual voice lessons are provided to participants at no cost to them. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out surveys and be part of individual interviews. Data will be anonymously collected. You will receive a $100 gift card as a token of gratitude for participating. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time.

Please contact Juri Hwang by clicking the Learn More! button below or email at jurihwan@usc.edu for more information.

First Chapter Social Event of the Year!

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has put quite a strain on social connections and support. That’s why our first in-person chapter social event was so important as we slowly find our sense of normal again. A big thank you to Heather for hosting a successful event and more plans underway for gatherings in the coming months. It was wonderful to see some familiar faces again!

If you have any suggestions or questions, just email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

 

Join our March Chapter Meeting!

The masks are coming off and we can read lips again!

Topic: Lip Reading Training in Noisy Environments
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT (may extend beyond 11 a.m.)
Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!
Understanding speech in a noisy setting is a problem common to most, if not all, of us with hearing loss. The Communication Neuroscience Laboratory of George Washington University has undertaken a study to determine whether, and the extent to which, lip reading training can address this difficulty. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (National Institutes of Health). Edward T. Auer, Ph.D., and Nicole Jordan, Au.D., will describe the training and its anticipated benefits and will respond to your questions.
Presenters:

Edward Auer

Ed Auer, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University. His research areas include multisensory speech perception and spoken word recognition with a specific focus on examining the perceptual, cognitive, and neural consequences of experience and training.

Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan, Ph.D., obtained her Doctorate of Audiology in 2016 from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to graduating, she completed several rotations in advanced diagnostic hospitals including Baylor Scott and White, Dallas Parkland Hospital, and the Central Texas VA. She was involved with several research projects during her time as a doctoral student and designed her own research on the effects of speech in noise processing on late auditory evoked potentials. She developed a passion for amplification fitting and programming, advanced diagnostics in hearing loss, (re)habilitation and counseling, and project management.

A Farewell and Thank You to Sharon

by Sandy Blake
HLAA-LA Steering Committee Member

Sharon  Swerdlow has been the LA Chapter president since September 2019 and previously had served on the Steering Committee for one year. Sharon brought her finance expertise, tireless energy, gift for gab, good humor, one hearing aid and one cochlear implant, and dedication to the LA Chapter. We were all motivated to support Sharon in her leadership role and the meetings were filled with useful information, fun, supportive spirit, and refreshments. Sharon led an exhaustive search for a new meeting location, endlessly researching possibilities of venues, and basically turning the town upside down with her determination and focus.

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Join the Fascinating Open Mind Program “Of Sound Mind” Event!

Sound of Mind BannerMonday, February 7
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PSTRegistration is required for this
free live private Zoom event.

Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for a fascinating Open Mind program with Nina Kraus, PhD, author of the groundbreaking new book, OF SOUND MIND: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World.

 

Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University professor, neuroscientist, and director of the renowned Brainvolts Lab, uses her thirty years’ experience studying the interplay of the brain and sound to show for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain’s core functions. She leads us through a fascinating exploration of sound’s surprisingly unrecognized role in both the healthy and hurting brain and brilliantly makes the case that the sounds of the world around us—and what sounds we’re exposed to throughout our lives—impact the development of our brains, the abilities and weaknesses we develop, and who we are as human beings.

Dr. Kraus is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning and investigates the neural encoding of speech and music and its plasticity. She holds the Hugh S. Knowles Chair in Audiology at Northwestern University.

Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD, will join Dr. Kraus in discussion. Dr. Tramo is the Director of the Institute for Music & Brain Science, Co-Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiative, and both an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos or our YouTube Channel.

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January Meeting Summary – Coping with Hearing Loss

Alison Freeman

Alison Freeman, Ph.D.

A big thank you to Alison Freeman, Ph. D., for a wonderful presentation and discussion about dealing with the challenges of hearing loss and your mental health. We had a great turnout and honest and thoughtful questions throughout the presentation which just shows how impactful hearing loss can be to our mental well-being and health.

Please enjoy the presentation below or go to our YouTube channel to enjoy this and other video presentations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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How to Cope with Hearing Loss and Your Mental Health Meeting

Join Us!

Coping with Hearing Loss: Taking Care of our Mental Health
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT (may extend beyond 11 a.m.)
Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!

Hearing loss is an invisible disability; its true disability is a communication disability. The primary disability of hearing loss is a communication disability rather than just not being able to hear. Struggling to understand conversations with lifelong friends and family, hearing music or professional meetings is a constant stress every day and can lead to depression and social withdrawal.

An essential part of dealing with hearing loss is recognizing that stress is inevitable so rather than avoiding it, learning more effective stress communication skills will be more productive and emotionally satisfying. Come learn new coping skills for keeping depression and anxiety at bay with Dr. Alison Freeman, who has a severe, bilateral sensorineural loss herself.

Presenter:

Alison Freeman

Alison Freeman, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and theater arts from the University of California and doctorate from International University. She works half-time at California State University at Northridge as a staff psychologist working with students with hearing loss, is an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and has a private practice.
Dr. Freeman was diagnosed with a moderate-severe hearing loss at age 3.
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