The Pandemic and Hearing Loss

From Hearing Tracker PodcastWe had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara Kelley, the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Kelley discusses the challenges her organization has faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep members safe, HLAA converted its annual in-person convention into a virtual event which included a research symposium, and the Walk4Hearing held in 20 cities events were moved online. Throughout the pandemic, HLAA has continued to serve as a critical support hub for people with hearing loss.

Watch with captions or view transcript.

Virtual Meeting on Saturday, October 24 10 a.m. PT – InnoCaption Presentation!

Innocaption PresentationBack by popular demand after their San Diego chapter presentation last month, InnoCaption will join us for our next virtual meeting to share the latest innovations for the desktop and app. The latest feedback from users is this is a worthwhile and transformative feature that you should not miss!
Matt Goncalves, Marketing Director, and Christina Duarte, Director of Regulatory Affairs, will be presenting and taking Q&A at the end. Please note the presentation is free and will be captioned so come and join your fellow friends and members for an engaging time!

Note: You’ll be sent a meeting link after you register above. Make sure to check your inbox for an email from “Sharon”!

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!

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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May 9 HLAA National Virtual Meeting

Friendly reminder HLAA National will be holding their bi-weekly virtual meeting Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. PT.
Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca Alexander

Speaker: Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH, PLLC
Topic: Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Fear:
Candid Conversation during COVID with Rebecca Alexander
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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March 3 is World Hearing Day!

World Hearing Day!World Hearing Day 2020 is on March 3rd and this year’s theme is, “hearing for life: don’t let hearing loss limit you,” according to World Health Organization (WHO). It’s estimate nearly 470 million people are impacted by hearing loss and it continues to grow dramatically. Education and prevention are keys to saving your hearing.

To learn more about this important day and the theme for raising awareness, check out a related article here!

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