October Meeting with Innocaption

We had a great October meeting with Innocaption. Many thanks to Matt Goncalves and Christina Duarte of Innocaption for a terrific and timely presentation on the workings and important new features of the Innocaption app. We had a nice turnout and a robust Q&A participation.
We decided in lieu of our chapter November meeting to join HLAA-CA on Saturday, November 14th, at 1:00 pm for a presentation on Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss with our very own Allison Freeman presenting! Link to follow.
We will also be having an “Open House” on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm – feel free to stop by during that time frame to say hi and enjoy a little holiday community!

Virtual Meeting on Saturday, October 24 10 a.m. PT – InnoCaption Presentation!

Innocaption PresentationBack by popular demand after their San Diego chapter presentation last month, InnoCaption will join us for our next virtual meeting to share the latest innovations for the desktop and app. The latest feedback from users is this is a worthwhile and transformative feature that you should not miss!
Matt Goncalves, Marketing Director, and Christina Duarte, Director of Regulatory Affairs, will be presenting and taking Q&A at the end. Please note the presentation is free and will be captioned so come and join your fellow friends and members for an engaging time!

Note: You’ll be sent a meeting link after you register above. Make sure to check your inbox for an email from “Sharon”!

Important information

Captioning will be provided within Zoom for easy viewing and following along.

Zoom: Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smartphone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.

Meetings are captioned. How to See Closed Captions in ZOOM

Of course, if you have any questions, just email us info@hlaa-la.org.

August 22 Virtual Chapter Meeting – Music Appreciation!

It’s that time again! Mark your calendars for our upcoming virtual chapter meeting to be held on Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. PT.

Ray Goldsworthy, Associate Professor of Research Otolaryngology at USC, will be speaking to us.  Ray is a cochlear implant wearer and a few years ago had a wonderful presentation to the chapter. Ray devotes his time and research to rehabilitation and recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to undertake a project to bridge the gap between cochlear implant users and regaining their appreciation and love for music. Please join us for what will sure to be an engaging and “upbeat” meeting to learn how nothing has to stop your love of music!

Please note – Feel free to invite your loved ones and friends to who might benefit from this meeting, especially music lovers!

Zoom information – Please email us for the Zoom meeting link and information.


Important information

Captioning will be provided within Zoom for easy viewing and following along.

Zoom: Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smartphone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.

Meetings are captioned. How to See Closed Captions in ZOOM

We look forward to “seeing” you all on Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m.!

If you have further questions, please email us.

Virtual LA Chapter Meeting, Saturday May 16!

We miss you and hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.

As we try to navigate our world(s) during this unprecedented and extraordinarily difficult time, we have the added burden of trying to hear and understand family members, grocery store employees, health care workers and others through their face masks, without the ability to read lips as well as having to contend with strange and muffled sounds that emanate through the speaker’s masks.

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We Have a New Home!

Children's Hospital Los AngelesUpdate: Due to the Coronavirus situation and CDC recommendations, we have cancelled our March meeting.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding our April meeting.

Until then, please be healthy and safe!

As many of you know, we have been in a lengthy process to find a new home for our chapter meetings. After much perseverance by our dedicated President, Sharon Swerdlow, and tips from our chapter members, a home has been found! We will start our new journey at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles starting with our Saturday, March 28, 2020 meeting.

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February’s Meeting – Relationships Panel Discussion and a New Home!

New member Matthew sharing his challenges at work.

New member Matthew sharing his challenges at work.

You can view the meeting transcript here.
(note – due to technical difficulties beyond our control, captioning was not available at the start of the meeting)

Audio-visual glitches didn’t stop us from enjoying a lively relationship panel yesterday morning moderated enthusiastically by Sandy. Nanci/Steve and Dana/Todd shared their experiences in communication when one partner has hearing loss and the other doesn’t, and how they support one another in the process, while Matthew shared powerful examples of coping with various challenges of working in a retail environment – background music, people talking to him from behind, and answering a LANDLINE PHONE, for starters. Sharon and Leora shared how a mother-daughter bond can improve through good humor and advocacy. Audience participation was fantastic – there was a lot of raw honesty and a heartfelt sharing of the trials and tribulations that result from our hearing challenges.

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February 22 Meeting – Hearing Loss and Relationships

Back by popular demand, we are hosting our annual relationship panel and interactive session! We will talk about the good and the bad when it comes to communicating with a loved one who has hearing loss. Whether married, dating, or just dealing with a family member or friend, you’ll be sure to have a blast. Come and join us as we learn stories, challenges, and advice to help us successfully move forward!

Note that we will still be meeting at the Sherman Oaks Library.

Date: Saturday, February 22

Time: 9:30am, social; 10am-noon, meeting

Place: Sherman Oaks Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks

Notes: Feel free to bring a snack or side-item to share!

Packed House for our January Meeting!

Suzannah Hagan sharing a wealth of information.

Suzannah Hagan sharing a wealth of information!

Meeting transcript can be found here.

We had a packed house for our meeting last Saturday. Suzannah Hagan started us off with a terrific presentation – understanding audiograms, what it takes to be a cochlear implant recipient (and be covered for the surgery/equipment by insurance!), how Cis work, …. Due to a plethora of questions during the presentation, Suzannah only made it through a fraction of her slides, but we learned a lot from what we saw and heard!

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First Meeting of 2020 – Saturday, January 25!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our first meeting of 2020! Note that we will still be meeting at the Sherman Oaks Library.

Date: Saturday, January 25

Time: 9:30am, social; 10am-noon, meeting

Place: Sherman Oaks Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks

Notes: Feel free to bring a snack to share. It’s the Lunar New Year; perhaps some fortune cookies are in order.

Topic: The Latest information on Cochlear Implants / Hearing Aids / Hybrids and other Hearing Loss Related Issues

Presenter: Suzannah Hagan, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA; Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: Director of Cochlear Implant Program at USC Keck Medical Center. She has also been affiliated with Advanced Bionics.

Attendees will have an opportunity to share memories about Katherine Burns, chapter co-founder, past president, and dear friend, who lost her four-year battle with cancer on December 25.

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