HLAA-LA Chapter July 2018 Meeting Recap

Rehabilitation - What should you be doing? as shared by Heather.

Rehabilitation – What should you be doing? as shared by Heather.

Recapping the National Convention from Minneapolis ~

Meeting transcript can be found here.

HLAA-LA was one of the largest groups in attendance.

At the awards ceremony, Lisa Yuan received the Spirit of HLAA, a top honor. Tim Browning accepted for the best chapter website (and was asked to make websites for other chapters!)

Today’s meeting covered a taste of information gathered at workshops.

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Big News! DOJ Rules for Movie Theater Captioning and Audio Description Take Effect

Movie theaters show captions

Captions anyone?

If you enjoy movies, and who doesn’t, then you’ll be happy to see the news that movie theaters showing digital movies must provide means for delivering closed captioning and audio description. The Department of Justice issued final rules for this back in November 2016 with supplemental revisions since. As of June 2, movie theaters must abide by these rules under the American with Disabilities Act.

So get out to the movies (and make sure it’s digital)!

You may see the full article on the HLAA National site here.

 

Fun in the Sun July 4th Party!

(From Tim, our Web Dude)

We had a great turnout for our annual HLAA-LA July 4th party. Good friends, plenty of food, nice weather, a pool and a big California Oak all to make the fun in the sun a day to remember! The turnout was great, great enough that I didn’t have a chance to meet everyone. I can especially attest to this after looking at the photo gallery below and seeing so many folks I missed!

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HLAA Launches Brand New Website!

The new HLAA website

The New HLAA Website!

The Hearing Loss Association of America has just launched a brand new website. The site works on any device (mobile, tablet or PC) and has fresh and intuitive layout to help you find what you are looking for more easily and effectively. The site also serves those with low vision and the ability to translate text into more than 100 languages!

Please visit hearingloss.org to explore and see just how the improve design, layout and content will help you better meet your hearing needs!

 

Dear Abby Recommends HLAA

Dear Abby Recommends HLAAHearing loss is not an uncommon challenge many people face, but how they handle it is another challenge in itself. No one should ever face some of the consequences of losing one’s hearing. This includes depression, avoiding meaningful social connections and feelings of helplessness.

Dear Abby publicly noted in her column addressing an individual struggling with hearing loss how the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and associated state chapters can provide immediate support and help. The HLAA Los Angeles Chapter has provided this source of support, education and information for over 14 years and we want to continue to expand our outreach to those in need. Learn more via the HLAA National website how HLAA and chapters can help. Abby recommends it!

First Meeting in Our New Home a Big Success!

Presenter Gary Dorf, AudD, pointing out nerve cells in a normal cochlea.

Presenter Gary Dorf, AudD, pointing out nerve cells in a normal cochlea.

(Click here for our meeting transcript)

Meeting for the first time in a completely new place can be a nerve-racking experience. Will everyone find the new place? Will the audio and visual equipment work? Will Mitzi bring her homemade apple strudels? When we all finally said our goodbyes, it’s safe to say the meeting was a big success.

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April 28 Meeting – Canine Companions for Independence

Canine for companions independence

Our April Chapter meeting is bound to be a fun gathering with a canine feel to it. Melissa Billingsley, RVT Practice Manager for Billingsley Veterinary Clinic and a member of the Canine Companions for Independence, will visit us with a furry friend to share and educate us all how those hard of hearing can maintain their independence and ease of mind by having a hearing dog. It should be very educational and fun so make sure to join starting at 10am sharp (but arrive earlier to mingle or to introduce yourself if it’s a first time for you).

Please click here for meeting information and directions. See you then!

LA Cochlear Implant Group Meeting – RSVP -Saturday March 17, 2018

On March 17th from 11:00am to 2:00pm, there will be a meeting with Advanced Bionics presenting the latest news with Cochlear Implants.  Several of our members have been implanted with this device very recently, so hopefully you can make this very informative presentation!

Suzannah is a great presenter with a wealth of knowledge so the presenting should be very interesting.

Advanced Bionics will be providing a festive buffet luncheon. For planning purposes, please RSVP in order to place the food order by Thursday, March 15. Email: Diane Rott, dianeshear@msn.com.

More information 
Join us as we celebrate our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Advanced Bionics “Think Green” meeting, and social.

Location
St. Vincent Hospital is now called: St. Vincent Medical Center, Verity Health System.

Address is:
2131 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Note: We no longer are having our meetings at the Mark Taper Building.

Hearing Aid Pricing Survey – Take it Now!

Hearing Aid Pricing Survey
Our first annual survey is a collaboration with Hearing Tracker and advocate Katherine Bouton.

HLAA National has posted a survey for all of our hearing aid users asking for your very important feedback regarding the true impact hearing aid pricing and options has on your daily life. Please take a moment to share your feedback so that your voice can be heard to advocate for better supporting on hearing aid needs!

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