Love is in the Air! February Meeting Not To Miss!

Our February MeetingLove is in the air! And in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are doing a moderated panel on coping with hearing loss featuring: married couples, single and dating, and parent-child challenges! Note these panel participants will come from a mixed environment – one hearing and other hard of hearing.

It’s going to be an awesome love-fest, so come prepared with any questions you may have regarding your own communication/relationship issues, and please invite hearing family members and significant others to attend!

Networking starts at 9:30am with the meeting starting at 10:00am and going until 12:00pm. As always, the meeting will be CART captioned and looped for tele-coil users; coffee and refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring breakfast potluck items to share.

We are meeting at the Huntington Memorial Hospital. Directions here. See you on February 24th!

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We Need Your Help – Stop the Misleading “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”!

ACTION ALERT
Save the ADA! HLAA Opposes Misguided, Damaging H.R. 620

The House of Representatives will vote this week on H.R.620.
We need your help to stop it!

Hearing Loss Association of America is opposed to the passage of H.R.620.

image of the Capitol in a circle designBig business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for people with disabilities who have been waiting to listen to the same programs, use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

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Research Symposium and Presenters Announcement for the 2018 HLAA Convention

HLAA National Convention

A very interesting subject of interest to us all will be presented at this years 2018 HLAA Convention Research Symposium. Please see below for more information and a link to the speakers for each presentation.

Listening in Noise

Friday, June 22
9 a.m. – Noon

Hearing and listening in noise is often identified as the number one difficulty for people with hearing loss. A great deal of research has been done on this topic by hearing aid manufacturers, audiologists, psychologists, neurobiologists, audio engineers and others. This symposium, presented by top professionals in the field, will focus on noise reduction/cancellation circuitry in hearing aids and cochlear implants. The speakers will discuss the current and future direction of solving the issue of hearing in noise.

Take a look at our speakers and a summary of each presentation.

Learn Sign Language With Our Very Own Michael Thai!

Chapter member Michael Thal is offering an American Sign Language (ASL) course for beginners starting Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM to be held at 18344 Clark Street #205, Tarzana, CA. The course costs $15 per class for 11 classes; the first class is free. If you pay up front, you will save $50, costing you only $100. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn sign language! Even if you miss the first class, you are welcomed to join any class.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

• ASL Alphabet

• Counting from 1-30 on one hand

• Basic vocabulary: family, colors, food, prepositions, pronouns, verbs, etc.

• Deaf Culture

• Baby Sign

• Any words you need for work or home

If you’d like to reserve a space, please email Michael Thal at michaelthal@sbcglobal.net.

Space is limited. You can also text only at 818-398-1805.

January 27 Chapter Meeting – Understanding Cochlear Implants

January 2018 meeting

Our January 2018 Meeting

(Click here for our meeting transcript)

We had a great meeting for January focusing on catching up with each other after the holidays and not seeing each other for some time. We capped it off with our guest speaker, Dr. Ray Goldsworthy, who provided an in-depth discussion about Cochlear Implants (CI) and optimizing how they are used (see more below). The presentation was more of a free form and open discussion to ensure immediate questions people had were addressed. We also had a great surprise that Lisa was able to join us as she is visiting here all the way from Washington D.C.!

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LA Cochlear Implant Group Meeting – January 20

LOS ANGELES COCHLEAR IMPLANT SUPPORT GROUP- LA CIS GROUP Meeting: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00am to 2:00pm.  

(Important Note: If you plan on attending this meeting, consider adding extra travel time. The Women’s March is in central Downtown L.A. that day. Last year, freeways and subways were jam packed.)

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were especially happy ones, with some memorable CI moments. We will celebrate our annual Cochlear Americas “Ringing in the New Year” meeting, and social.

The Newswire has been delayed due to some changes that have taken place. St. Vincent Hospital has been sold, and is now called: St. Vincent Medical Center—Verity Health System. We will no longer be able to have our meetings at the Mark Taper Building Board Room. It was demolished.

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First Chapter Meeting of 2018 – Don’t Miss It!!!

It’s the new year and time to get into action toward a great year ahead with our chapter! Plus, time to catch up with friends and hopefully introduce some new folks. We have a great meeting lined up to start the year as Dr. Ray Goldsworthy will provide an in-depth discussion about Cochlear Implants (CI) and optimizing how they are used. Whether you have a CI or not, this should be an informational and rewarding meeting to attend. Please see below for further information plus our meeting information and location. See you there!

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2018 Convention is Coming Soon!

HLAA National ConventionIt may seem a long ways away, but it will soon be June which is the month the annual HLAA Convention is held. This year it will be in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 21-24. Early bird registration is now open until March 31 so if you are planning on attending, now might be a good time to take action.

The Steering Committee will review registration procedures, including likely consideration toward allowing a fellow chapter member to have their registration paid for by the chapter. This often goes toward an individual who has not attended the convention before.

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