August 25 Meeting: Aural Rehabilitation

It’s all about aural rehabilitation at our August 25 chapter meeting.

Helen Tinsman, a Speech Language Pathologist and Consumer Specialist with Advanced Bionics will discuss what you can do to adjust to your hearing aids and cochlear implants. Don’t miss this, no matter what hearing technology you now use!

Helen’s presentation will cover
~Factors that have an impact on outcomes with a cochlear implant
~What aural rehab / listening practice is and why it’s recommended
~High tech (computer / app) based programs for listening practice
~Low tech (non-computer / tech) based programs for listening practice
~Accessories that can be used to assist with listening practice in challenging situations

Chapter business items will include CAA conference volunteers (Sept 14-15), Steering Committee elections (Sept 22 meeting) and more.

We meet at 9:30am for socializing; the general meeting goes from 10am-noon. Remember to bring some snacks to share! Sherman Oaks Library Community Room, 14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks.

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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Chapter Meeting – This Saturday, July 28!

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the July HLAA-LA meeting we go!

Join us for this informational meeting, where attendees at last month’s national convention in Minneapolis will share their experiences. Heather, Tim, Jen and Teri will each discuss a pair of topics, from healthcare, to advocacy to tech apps and more.

After the break – don’t forget to feed the kitty jar! – we’ll get introductions from first time attendees, WOW Awards, a call for volunteers at the upcoming CAA convention, and an overview of our calendar of events for the rest of 2018.

As always, consider bringing a snack to share. And if the heat is making your brain a bit fuzzy, check out the ‘chapter meetings’ tab here for the address and parking instructions.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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.

 

Chapter Calendar July – December 2018

Your Steering Committee has filled the chapter calendar for the rest of 2018 with a mix of activities. Here’s the scoop.

Next up, at our July 28 chapter meeting, Heather, Tim, Jenna and Teri will share an overview of what they saw, learned and did at the national convention last month. Among the topics are apps for your devices, disability rights, auditory training & preservation, healthcare, and more. (There’s so much to share that apps and auditory training will be coveredin detail at future meetings!)

August 25 – “It’s a Brain Thing” presentation by Advanced Bionics

September 14 & 15 – volunteers needed to work the HLAA-CA booth at the California Audiologists Association (CAA) convention at the Anaheim Hilton; details to follow

September 22 – “The In’s and Outs of Buying Hearing Aids” presented by Toni Barrient; steering committee elections

(NOTE: Due to library events, we’ve had to adjust our activity schedule for the rest of the year)

October – Chapter social outing; to be determined

November 3 – “Coping With the Holidays”

December – Holiday Party; to be determined

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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July 4th Shindig

Our annual Independence Day celebration is coming up sooner than we think! Nine days from now we’ll be breaking out the BBQ, potluck and a little swimming under the enormous tree in Kat & Danny’s backyard in Montrose. Time is from noon to 4pm.

Burgers, hot dogs and fixings will be provided by the chapter. Feel free to bring something else to be grilled, such as veggie or turkey burgers.

So far, the potluck list is looking delicious! Send a message to info@hlaa-la.org to add your RSVP and potluck dish. The address will be provided to all who are coming.

At this writing we have: spiked tea, guac & chips, Danny’s favorite chicken wings, apple slaw, pasta salad, cookies, cherries, beverages.

C’mon and join the fun!

 

Arrival & Departure: Summer Entertainment

Arrival & Departure, a new play based on the 1945 film “Brief Encounter,” opens July 14 at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood. It stars married deaf actors Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) and Troy Kotsur.

All performances are open-captioned!

Arrival & Departure runs July 14 through September 30, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm; and Mondays at 8pm (dark July 16, August 4 and 27, and September 3). Three preview performances take place on Wednesday, July 11; Thursday, July 12; and Friday, July 13, all at 8pm. Tickets range from $20-$40; Pay-What-You-Want seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability).

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Spend a Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Captions at Hollywood Bowl. Photo by Nancy Mullen Gray

Captions at Hollywood Bowl. Photo by Nancy Mullen Gray

Have you ever wanted to enjoy a night of music under the stars at one of L.A.’s favorite landmarks, but thought your hearing loss would make it impossible? Never fear; open-captions are available upon request for every show at the Hollywood Bowl! And the seats are great, too.  Read on for a primer about how to enjoy a night on the town.

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