Chapter Members Join the March for Science!

Full group for March for Science

HLAA-LA members joined thousands of other March for Science attendees in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to show support for a cause that touches the lives of everyone with hearing loss. As President Heather Lehr explained, our goal was not to march against anyone or anything, but rather to show our support for government-supported research, while spreading awareness about hearing loss and hearing loss technology.

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A Joyous 2016 Holiday Party!

2016 HLAA Holiday Party

It was a happening holiday party filled with fun, laughter and much needed catching up with friends we just don’t get to see enough of. As usual, Danny was our White Elephant host providing laughter and interesting insights to the various gifts received. Even without a loop! Any many thanks to Heather Lehr for opening up her wonderful home to the vast array of foods and invasion of numerous people. As far as we can tell, everyone was recognizable so no party crashers!

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Self Identifying Seat Belt Covers!

Cochlear Seat BeltDuring our chapter meeting, Nancy Gray brought an interesting item and idea to share. It is something you can put on your seat-belt that would identify you as deaf, hard-of-hearing, a cochlear implant user, etc…you can customize the text to say whatever you’d like it. Nancy also included her “In Case of Emergency” as an example of what further you can do to customize.

She bought it from the Cochlear Apparel store on Etsy.com (no affiliation to Cochlear Americas). Here’s the link: Cochlear Apparel Store.

Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

Tim’s 2016 HLAA National Convention Experience – Perseverance and Career Success

HLAA National Convention 2016(From Tim Browning – HLAA-LA Steering Committee member)

This was my first time at the HLAA National Convention held in Washington D.C. and what an experience it was! This was the first convention I’ve attended that didn’t include worries and concerns about what information am I going to miss, can I communicate with others effectively, and will the effort just to hear wear me down over time! With everyone at the convention sharing the same struggles and experiences I’ve had, it was an empowering experience but took time to realize.

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How to Closed Captions Your Facebook Videos!

3 Play MediaInteresting announcement came out recently, shared by our own Ken Clusky, on how to add your own closed captioning to Facebook videos. Link is below the will take you to the how-to guide to do this!

5 Reasons Why You Should Caption Your Facebook Videos
  1. Videos get more impressions on the newsfeed than any other type of post.
  2. Facebook videos auto-play on mute, so captions are needed to let the viewer follow along.
  3. Captions make your video accessible to all users, from a deaf viewer to someone on a noisy train or a quiet library.
  4. Subtitles in other languages make your video accessible to international viewers.
  5. Closed captions are proven to increase engagement and watch-time.

Here is the link to the how-to guide.

Captioning Your Facebook Videos

Charity Launches a New Campaign to Take “Noise off the Menu”

A great article found from Ken Cluskey regarding efforts underway in the UK to take “noise off the menu” from the charity’s Speak Easy campaign. Based on responses from individuals with AND without hearing, there is indeed great benefit to take steps toward providing a more meaningful and enjoyable experience when dining with others. Check it out via the link below!

Action on Hearing Loss – Take Noise off the Menu!

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