Long-time HLAA member Toni Barrient led us through “The Consumer’s Guide to Purchasing Hearing Aids.” The items she covered can also be applied to finding the best cochlear implant provider. Her talk was based on HLAA’s Consumer Checklist, which can be downloaded from https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_Purchasing_HearingAid_Checklist.pdf?pdf=Checklist
Are you aware of the implications of buying a hearing aid from a “big-box” retailer? Meaning, if you need any adjustments made to your hearing aid, you must only go to that retailer or a very limited choice of associated retailers? It’s often easy and surprisingly common individuals looking for a hearing aid for the first time or looking to replace their existing one will follow the ease of going to a single retailer.
Hearing loss advocate and HLAA-California Trustee Toni Barrient, who has held numerous positions with the State and National organizations, presented this information during her ins and outs of buying a hearing at our September 22 chapter meeting. Please have a read to understand and learn more. It could make a big difference in your hearing aid buying experience!
If you or someone you know is planning to purchase new hearing aids anytime in the future, our September meeting is for you! When you know what to expect, you are in a better position to make the right choices. This presentation will help you to maximize your success and outcome in selecting the best devices and features for you.
Our speaker is hearing loss advocate and HLAA-California Trustee Toni Barrient, who has held numerous positions with the State and National organizations. Toni will provide expert tips and guide attendees through the entire process of purchasing hearing aids, including what to look for and what to avoid, when shopping for your ears.
A valuable consumer checklist will be provided as a handout, so you know what to expect at every step, from making the appointment with your hearing aid provider to services, warranties, trial periods, and much more.
As a tie-in, CBS Sunday Morning has prepared a segment on the same topic, which will air at a later date. In the meantime, some good information is here https://www.cbsnews.com/news/guide-to-hearing-aids/
We’ll also have elections for the full steering committee. More details to follow shortly.
Please join us!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:30am, socializing – 10am-noon, meeting
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.