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!

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

June 23 Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting is coming up very soon! Read on for details.

Do you
Need help with a hearing loss issue?
Have a hearing loss story to tell?
Want to share news and advice with others who don’t hear well?
Have ideas about future chapter meeting topics?

Then our Saturday, June 23 chapter meeting is for you!

This meeting will be an informal rap session among friends. Come join to listen, learn and share.
9:30am – mingle; 10am-noon – meeting
Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark Street

Captions will be provided and the meeting will be looped. The meeting will be led by our social media chair, Diane Gross (the rest of the steering committee, and some members, will be at the HLAA-National conference in Minneapolis)

Please bring your own beverages and snacks (of course, some extra of the latter to share is always welcome).

First Meeting in Our New Home a Big Success!

Presenter Gary Dorf, AudD, pointing out nerve cells in a normal cochlea.

Presenter Gary Dorf, AudD, pointing out nerve cells in a normal cochlea.

(Click here for our meeting transcript)

Meeting for the first time in a completely new place can be a nerve-racking experience. Will everyone find the new place? Will the audio and visual equipment work? Will Mitzi bring her homemade apple strudels? When we all finally said our goodbyes, it’s safe to say the meeting was a big success.

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April 28 Meeting – Canine Companions for Independence

Our April Chapter meeting is bound to be a fun gathering with a canine feel to it. Melissa Billingsley, RVT Practice Manager for Billingsley Veterinary Clinic and a member of the Canine Companions for Independence, will visit us with a furry friend to share and educate us all how those hard of hearing can maintain their independence and ease of mind by having a hearing dog. It should be very educational and fun so make sure to join starting at 10am sharp (but arrive earlier to mingle or to introduce yourself if it’s a first time for you).

Please click here for meeting information and directions. See you then!

March 24 Meeting Agenda

This is the first meeting of Spring, 2018 and the first in our new location in Sherman Oaks.

Gary Dorf

Our guest speaker will be Gary Dorf, Regional Manager at Oticon USA in Orange County. His presentation will focus on recent studies that deal with cognition and hearing loss. BrainHearing™ describes the approach that Oticon takes when creating solutions for those with hearing loss. It starts with the fundamental observation that speech understanding is a cognitive process that happens in the brain. (Summary via HLAA-City of Orange website; thank you!)

We will also hold elections for two interim steering committee members. Those elected will serve until regular elections in September. If interested, email Heather elsewhere on our website, http://hlaa-la.org/contact-us/

A note about March 24: Chapter President Heather Lehr will be attending the HLAA-California Board of Trustees meeting, which is open to all. It takes place from 9am-3pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites LAX, 11436 Hawthorne Blvd, Los Angeles… Other members may be taking part in the March for Our Lives Rally in Downtown L.A.

 

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