Hearing loss is not an uncommon challenge many people face, but how they handle it is another challenge in itself. No one should ever face some of the consequences of losing one’s hearing. This includes depression, avoiding meaningful social connections and feelings of helplessness.
Dear Abby publicly noted in her column addressing an individual struggling with hearing loss how the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and associated state chapters can provide immediate support and help. The HLAA Los Angeles Chapter has provided this source of support, education and information for over 14 years and we want to continue to expand our outreach to those in need. Learn more via the HLAA National website how HLAA and chapters can help. Abby recommends it!
On March 17th from 11:00am to 2:00pm, there will be a meeting with Advanced Bionics presenting the latest news with Cochlear Implants. Several of our members have been implanted with this device very recently, so hopefully you can make this very informative presentation!
Suzannah is a great presenter with a wealth of knowledge so the presenting should be very interesting.
Advanced Bionics will be providing a festive buffet luncheon. For planning purposes, please RSVP in order to place the food order by Thursday, March 15. Email: Diane Rott, email@example.com.
Join us as we celebrate our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Advanced Bionics “Think Green” meeting, and social.
St. Vincent Hospital is now called: St. Vincent Medical Center, Verity Health System.
2131 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Note: We no longer are having our meetings at the Mark Taper Building.
||Hearing Aid Pricing Survey
Our first annual survey is a collaboration with Hearing Tracker and advocate Katherine Bouton.
HLAA National has posted a survey for all of our hearing aid users asking for your very important feedback regarding the true impact hearing aid pricing and options has on your daily life. Please take a moment to share your feedback so that your voice can be heard to advocate for better supporting on hearing aid needs!
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Save the ADA! HLAA Opposes Misguided, Damaging H.R. 620
The House of Representatives will vote this week on H.R.620.
We need your help to stop it!
Hearing Loss Association of America is opposed to the passage of H.R.620.
Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for people with disabilities who have been waiting to listen to the same programs, use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!
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ASHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, has launched a new campaign called the Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative. The program was designed for parents, educators and young people to promote safe use of popular technology and discourage its overuse in the interest of protecting and fostering healthy communication. Read more.
Chapter member Michael Thal is offering an American Sign Language (ASL) course for beginners starting Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM to be held at 18344 Clark Street #205, Tarzana, CA. The course costs $15 per class for 11 classes; the first class is free. If you pay up front, you will save $50, costing you only $100. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn sign language! Even if you miss the first class, you are welcomed to join any class.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
• ASL Alphabet
• Counting from 1-30 on one hand
• Basic vocabulary: family, colors, food, prepositions, pronouns, verbs, etc.
• Deaf Culture
• Baby Sign
• Any words you need for work or home
If you’d like to reserve a space, please email Michael Thal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited. You can also text only at 818-398-1805.
LOS ANGELES COCHLEAR IMPLANT SUPPORT GROUP- LA CIS GROUP Meeting: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00am to 2:00pm.
(Important Note: If you plan on attending this meeting, consider adding extra travel time. The Women’s March is in central Downtown L.A. that day. Last year, freeways and subways were jam packed.)
Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were especially happy ones, with some memorable CI moments. We will celebrate our annual Cochlear Americas “Ringing in the New Year” meeting, and social.
The Newswire has been delayed due to some changes that have taken place. St. Vincent Hospital has been sold, and is now called: St. Vincent Medical Center—Verity Health System. We will no longer be able to have our meetings at the Mark Taper Building Board Room. It was demolished.
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Register HLAA-LA with Amazon Smile, which means that proceeds from your Amazon purchases will go directly to the chapter. If you shop at amazon.com, you will basically be doing nothing different except using this link to shop: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2044713. By connecting to amazon through this link, your purchases will directly support HLAA-LA.
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The Expo was a packed house!
It was a busy and educational Tech Expo this year. The event took place at the Ken Miller Recreation Center in Torrance. The day was pleasant and perfect to come down and learn the latest development and innovations within the hearing industry.
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In case you missed it, Barbara Kelley made an appearance on NBC Nightly News to discuss the current legislation pushing for OTC hearing aids. You can watch the OTC segment that aired at the link below:
Legislation pushes OTC hearing aids
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