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.

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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

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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We Have a New Home in Sherman Oaks!

It’s rare that our chapter moves to a new location. As a matter of fact, this move to the Sherman Oaks Library for our March meeting will only be the second time since the founding of the chapter over 13 years ago! But times change and our chapter needs to adapt. The Huntington Hospital served our needs and we thank them, but there were challenges, as many of you know, with the location. We hope you’ll find this new location to your liking.

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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.

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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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.

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