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Experience HLAA! starts June 18 – 9 a.m. PT!

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HLAA 2020 Convention!We are excited to bring you highlights from HLAA2020 Convention in a new online format. We want to make access to this virtual event as easy as possible by providing you these helpful instructions:

  • Experience HLAA! will be broadcast on a virtual platform called Big Marker. It is highly encouraged that you use a desktop/laptop and Google Chrome when watching each event.
  • If you haven’t done so already please visit the Experience HLAA! website and click on the Register Now button. Register once and you will receive full access to all webinars and the 2020 Research Symposium: The Latest on Tinnitus Research.
  • Once you register you will get a confirmation email with a link granting you access to both days of the event (June 18-19).
  • If you don’t receive your confirmation email automatically after you register, please either wait another hour or check your spam folder.
  • The Experience HLAA! access link in the confirmation email is customized for you; please don’t share with another participant. They must register on their own.
  • On Thursday, June 18 at 12 p.m. (ET), all you have to do is click the link in your confirmation email or the View Webinar button on the Experience HLAA! website and you are in the event!
  • Make sure to check out our Technology Expo page. This is your chance to visit the exhibitors you will miss at HLAA2020 Convention.

Please email convention@hearingloss.org if you encounter issues during registration or have questions about the event.

HLAA National Virtual Meeting – June 6!

Friendly reminder HLAA National will be holding their bi-weekly virtual meeting this Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. PT.
Speakers:
Toni Iacolucci, MSW
Elaine McCaffrey, Patient Advocate & Member, HLAA Board of Directors
Topic:Advocacy & Impact: Effective Communication in Health Care Settings
Toni Iacolucci and Elaine McCaffrey
Special Guests:
Zina Jawadi, Member, HLAA Board of Directors
Richard Einhorn: Chairperson, HLAA Board of Directors
Moderators:
Holly Cohen, Hearing Health Advocate
Shari Eberts, HLAA Board Vice Chair
Roxana Rotundo, HLAA Board Member

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April 25 HLAA National Virtual Meeting

Friendly reminder HLAA National will be holding their bi-weekly virtual meeting Saturday, April 25 at 11 a.m. PT.
Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan

Speaker:
Gael Hannan Hearing Loss Advocate, Writer, Speaker, Humorist Topic:A humorous look at the highs and lows of physically distancing with hearing loss. Watch Gael’s entertaining and informative video for registration tips.
Moderators:
Holly Cohen, Hearing Health Advocate
Shari Eberts, HLAA Board Vice Chair
Roxana Rotundo, HLAA Board Member

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2020 Convention is Coming Soon!

HLAA National Convention

It may seem a long ways away, but it will soon be June which is the month the annual HLAA Convention is held. This year it will be in the magical city of New Orleans from June 18-21. Early bird registration is now open until March 2 so if you are planning on attending, now might be a good time to take action (further information below).

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Another Great Success with Walk4Hearing!

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

What a great 2019 Walk4Hearing event! The Los Angeles Chapter “LA Stars” team was again the top and most awesome team thanks to so many that participated and got the word out with their fundraising efforts. HLAA National and our chapter will greatly benefit from all the hard work as we embark on the rest of 2019 on to 2020 advocating for those with hearing loss.

The Walk welcomed over 500 walkers, were joined by 30 amazing teams, and raised over $50,000 and counting. Note that donations will continued to be accepted through July 31 so it’s not too late to contribute! Any questions can be addressed to our info@hlaa-la.org email address. See below for the photo gallery highlighting the Walk.

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Assembly Bill 598 Passes! Let Our Children Hear!

Our very own Katie Wright with her grandson Connor supporting this bill.

Our very own Katie Wright with her grandson Connor supporting this bill.

Our bill passed by unanimous consent out of Assembly Health! Thank you to everyone who made calls, wrote letters and traveled to Sacramento today to express their support for the bill. Please call and thank Assembly Members on the Health Committee. Next step Assembly Appropriations.

Assembly Bill 598  mandate that private health insurance companies cover the costs of hearing aids for children. Only 1 in 10 children are under health care that provides coverage for hearing aids. Learn more about the bill.

There is also a Facebook page devoted to this important initiative.

Here’s where to find the list of the next assembly members to target:

It’s also appropriate to contact your own assembly member even if s/he is not on the committee.  But definitely send postcards, letters, and make phone calls to the committee members
If you don’t know what to say when you call, there’s a script here:
Address to send all correspondence:  PO Box 942849   Sacramento, CA 94249

September 22 Meeting Wrap-Up

Toni starting her great presentation about “Ins and Outs” about buying hearing aids

Long-time HLAA member Toni Barrient led us through “The Consumer’s Guide to Purchasing Hearing Aids.” The items she covered can also be applied to finding the best cochlear implant provider. Her talk was based on HLAA’s Consumer Checklist, which can be downloaded from https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_Purchasing_HearingAid_Checklist.pdf?pdf=Checklist

Chapter meeting transcript is here.

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A Visit With the HLAA Executive Director, Barbara Kelley!

Heather, Barbara, Florence and Tim.

Heather, Barbara, Florence and Tim.

Our very own Executive Director for HLAA, Barbara Kelley, took time while in Los Angeles to visit with Heather, Florence and Tim. Truly a pleasure to spend time with to collaborate on a variety of concerns and topics. It was also great to raise more awareness about our chapter and all that we do with Barbara. There’s an exciting and great future ahead for our hard of hearing community from all walks of life. Thank you Barbara!

August 25 Meeting Summary – Aural Rehabilitation

Liz discussing the Hearing Loss Californian special edition.

This is a summary of our August 25 chapter meeting, covering the guest presentation and chapter business. Click here to view meeting transcript..

Guest Presentation

Aural Rehabilitation was the topic of the day, presented by Helen Tinsman, a speech therapist who works for Advanced Bionics (AB). She can be reached by email at helen.tinsman@advancedbionics.com

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