Virtual Meeting Coming September 26!

As the pandemic continues, so does our ever-continuing need to stay connected with each other and catch up on how we are doing. The isolation, communication challenges, and just the daily struggles we endure take its toll. Nothing like a time to see each other, talk about how we’re doing and gather the support and encouragement on topics that matter to us.

Please mark your calendar to join us this coming Saturday at 10:00 a.m. PT. We will moderate questions with you all to discuss and learn from each other but please bring your questions and concerns to share with the group. We’ll also talk about plans toward the future with the chapter!

Zoom information:

HLAA-LA Virtual Chapter Meeting – Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. PT

Link to join meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuc-GurDouH9KO3DJ3NBVvHjLmb2DajiSd
(Note: If you get a page redirect notice, just accept the new page you are being sent too)

Note: You’ll be sent a meeting link after you register above. Make sure to check your email!

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 Meeting Recap – Music Appreciation!

Dr. Ray Goldsworthy

Dr. Ray Goldsworthy

A great big thank you to Dr. Ray Goldsworthy for his informative and engaging presentation on cochlear implants with music appreciation. A robust Q&A followed the presentation, which was chock full of interesting tidbits on the history and evolution of the cochlear implant.

Many of you were unable to attend the meeting so please have a review of the meeting transcript.

SAVE THE DATE for our September meeting:
Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 am. We will be having a rap session, so please come with your comments, concerns, and helpful suggestions!

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.

Our July 25 Virtual Meeting was a Huge Success!

View the meeting transcript

We had an incredible meeting last Saturday – David Majit and Chalese Buttars of Oticon spoke to our group (we had a “full house” of more than 70 participants) on Brain Hearing and Communication Strategies. Local audiologist Jeff Grama was on hand to deftly answer every question (and there were many!) during the Q&A.

While we miss seeing you all in person and sharing coffee and snacks, Zoom is giving us the ability to reach out to a wider audience – a small silver lining to the cloud during these challenging times.

Save the date: August 22nd for our next meeting. Ray Goldsworthy, Associate Professor of Research Otolaryngology at USC will be speaking to us. Ray is a cochlear implant wearer and, therefore, “gets us” and devotes his research to rehabilitation and other efforts to improve our lives. Please join us for what will be an engaging meeting!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

July 25 Virtual Chapter Meeting – Understanding Brain Hearing

It’s that time again! Mark your calendars for our upcoming virtual chapter meeting to be held on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. PT.

A very engaging topic and presentation will be held with David Majit and Chalese Buttars of Oticon Hearing Solutions. They will be presenting how hearing challenges impacts the ability of the brain to understand and comprehend the surrounding world around us. Please note, those of you who do not have hearing loss but have loved ones or friends with hearing loss should join us to better appreciate just how difficult dealing with hearing loss can be.

Topic: Brain Hearing, Listening Effort, and Effective Communication under challenging situations.

Zoom Meeting: If you are a non-LA chapter member or haven’t received the Zoom meeting link, you can use the one below to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcOCtqzguGN0EjoBNQ_6vfMNrA1KR_LBm

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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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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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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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