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Introducing HLAA-LA Poetry Celebration!

In the spirit of poetry month for April, we will be having a special chapter meeting. Spend the month submerged in poetry!

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes

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We recommend daily readings of poetry at home. Each member selects a favorite poem and practices reading it.

We will gather on April 24th to share and/or discuss our favorite poems and poets. Writing your own poem to share or poetry performances are completely voluntary–but are SUPER fun! So you’ll gather with others to celebrate, catch up with each other, and provide support.

You may also come dressed inspired by your poetry selection 😊 Let’s get creative!

Any questions? Just email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

 

Coronavirus Resources and Information You Need

Corona VirusThe Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) National Office has ongoing information and updates to help those dealing with hearing loss to successfully navigate the trying times we are under with COVID-19. Please follow this link to the HLAA site as a starting point to help you through this.

Remember, make sure to let your family, friends, and neighbors know what help you need and make sure to ask for it. There are many online resources to also help request for help.

March 2021 Meeting Recap

Doctor Nancy Tye-MurrayOn March 27th, the HLAA – Los Angeles Chapter hosted “New Developments in Treating Hearing Loss: Digital Therapeutics” on Zoom, for its monthly Chapter meeting.

This presentation was led by Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray, Ph.D., who is a professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the CEO and Founder of clEAR and Amptify.

You may view the presentation here.

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A March 27 Chapter Meeting Not to Miss!

Hearing Loss Challenges Don’t Stop at the Ears

Join us for what should be a fascinating and engaging presentation about hearing loss and new hope with up-and-coming treatment options.

Date: Saturday, March 27
Time: 10 a.m. (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray (bio)
Duration: 90 minutes

Hearing loss challenges don’t stop at the ears. Co-morbidities of hearing loss include social isolation and loneliness, depression, increased risk of falls, and cognitive decline and related dementias.

In our upcoming Chapter meeting, Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray will describe how digital therapeutics are changing the face of healthcare, and then present an example of how digital therapeutics may be used to treat hearing loss and its downstream effects.

Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD., is a Professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

Discovering World Hearing Day

March 3 was World Hearing Day (WHD) which included the first-ever “World Report on Hearing” prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for this year’s WHD was recognition for “Hearing Care for All”. Many populations are underserved when it comes to hearing services, financial support, and proper care.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) website has a page dedicated to WHD. Included on this page are informational pieces about hearing loss, the latest press releases (English and Spanish), and highlights from WHO regarding integrating ear and hearing care into national health plans.

 

Beware of Locked Hearing Aids

Do you know and understand what a “locked” hearing aid is? Perhaps you even have one and may not know it. Currently, there is an important assembly bill (AB435) in the California State legislature you should be aware of introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

“Locked” hearing aids are not consumer-friendly; they require you to return to the provider you purchased them from for repair and adjustments. This practice takes away your consumer right to choose a provider for proper follow-up and caring for your hearing aid. Many times, this policy is not explained at the time of purchase.

To learn more and how to get involved, please review the HLAA California State Association website. Have any questions, just email us!

Zoom Makes ASR Captioning Free for People with Hearing Loss

(from Shari Eberts – livingwithhearingloss.com)

Zoom ASR availableSuccess! Zoom has heard our community’s voice!

Zoom just announced it will provide its high-quality ASR captions (Live Transcript) FREE for people with hearing loss, as well as other groups who require this feature for accessibility reasons. Click here to request access. This feature will be rolled out to all free accounts by Fall 2021.

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Join Us for a Meeting with Department of Rehabilitation

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT

Save the date and plan to join us for an engaging and informative presentation from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). This meeting was a highly requested topic requested from many of you so now is your chance to discover what DOR is all about. Equip yourself with tools to attain employment, achieve independence and realize equality!

This presentation will cover the application process in order to become a DOR consumer, the types of service the consumer will receive, what is expected from the consumers, and the expected outcomes. Plenty of Q&A time afterwards!

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Please share this information with others you feel may benefit from this presentation.

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HLAA Love Story Webinar – February 23

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, Noon MT, 11 a.m. PT
Speakers: Stu Nunnery and Laurel Jonason
Duration: 60 minutes

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Each of us has a story—several really—that goes beyond our hearing loss, our hearing aids and the challenges we face living with them. What‘s your story? Have you used your talents—your writing, your art, your music, your voice—to share your story with others?

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