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.
What a celebration we had yesterday in honor of our chapter’s 15th anniversary!
Many thanks to Wendi Wash for pulling off a fun and interactive trivia game, complete with prizes, raffles and a festive and delicious cake. We are grateful to many of our founders who came from as far away as Riverside and Santa Barbara to celebrate with us, including Kat Burns, Danny Tibbs, Pat Widman and Alicia Fernandez.
You can view the meeting transcript here.
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HLAA-LA is turning 15!
Come help us celebrate on Saturday November 2nd as we look back at the history and accomplishments of our chapter over the past decade and a half.
It takes a village to establish and maintain an active functioning group, and we have many people to thank, both those who started and those who have contributed to maintaining our chapter. A special shout out to pioneers Valerie and Willy Stern, Danny Tubbs, Katherine Burns, Alicia Fernandez, Mike Kaplan, and Grace Tiessen for brainstorming the creation of the chapter and securing a meeting location at the Hear Center in Pasadena.
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Dr. Sharzad Cohen sharing what tinnitus is all about.
Thanks to Sharzad Cohen for coming to educate us on the causes and treatment options for the very challenging condition of tinnitus. Her presentation was so informative and extensive that there wasn’t time to go through it all, and the audience had many questions on this troublesome disability.
You’ll find the meeting transcript here.
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Understanding and managing tinnitus with Dr. Sharzad Cohen.
This presentation is designed to explain different theories about the causes of tinnitus and the available therapeutic methods. A review of the recent research about tinnitus and the relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss will be offered. Tinnitus management techniques and instruments will be discussed to eradicate the myth that tinnitus has no solutions!
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August Meeting Summary – an awesome lecture and Q&A with Dan Widman!
Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s eye opening, informative and highly interesting talk by LAPD Sergeant Dan Widman, son of our very own Pat Widman.
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Ever wonder how you will act or respond if LAPD pulls you over? How do you safely convey you’re hard of hearing? No matter what the situation, how should you communicate with LAPD?
Dan Widman, Pat Widman’s (former HLAA-LA President) son and current sergeant of LAPD, will help us learn how to communicate with any officer safely and effectively.
Join us for our upcoming HLAA-LA meeting on Saturday, August 24th, at our usual time and location:
Day and Time: Saturday, August 24 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.
Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!
Liz Lesan sharing her 2019 Convention experiences.
July 27 Meeting Transcript can be found here.
July Meeting Summary – Another Successful Rap Session!
Thanks to everyone who attended our July meeting rap session – while we did not have record attendance, we sure had a mighty, passionate and spirited discussion, moderated by our very own Sandy Blake!
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Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.
Meeting transcript can be found here.
A HUGE thank you to Richard Ray, ADA Technology Access Coordinator, for a most informative and passionate education this past Saturday on the text to 911 visual paging system, as well as many other communication accessible services you have helped bring to fruition over the years.
Real time text (RTT) is truly a game changer – thank you for not only teaching us what it is and how to use it, but also how to install and operate it on our phones! The entire deaf and HOH community is beyond fortunate to have your expertise and advocacy on all our behalf.
Stay tuned for upcoming details for our July wrap session coming on Saturday, July 27!
Tim sharing some chapter updates.
Another shot of Richard sharing his passion!
If you enjoyed our previous seminar on emergency services, this is Part II! The fabulous Richard Ray is going to tell us what systems are already in place in case of an emergency. Even better, what’s available in the future. He’s here to listen to us, hear our concerns, and implement better systems.
Evolving technology creates more options for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or have speech or cognitive disabilities for effective communication during emergencies. The presentation will cover the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice’s regulations to facilitate accessible 9-1-1 calling and accessible emergency notifications. Emergency communications options available today and in the future will also be discussed, such as real-time text, short message service, and other communication modalities.
Time: 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.
Location: Sherman Oaks Library -14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423