During our chapter meeting, Nancy Gray brought an interesting item and idea to share. It is something you can put on your seat-belt that would identify you as deaf, hard-of-hearing, a cochlear implant user, etc…you can customize the text to say whatever you’d like it. Nancy also included her “In Case of Emergency” as an example of what further you can do to customize.
She bought it from the Cochlear Apparel store on Etsy.com (no affiliation to Cochlear Americas). Here’s the link: Cochlear Apparel Store.
Thanks for sharing, Nancy!
(From Tim Browning – HLAA-LA Steering Committee member)
This was my first time at the HLAA National Convention held in Washington D.C. and what an experience it was! This was the first convention I’ve attended that didn’t include worries and concerns about what information am I going to miss, can I communicate with others effectively, and will the effort just to hear wear me down over time! With everyone at the convention sharing the same struggles and experiences I’ve had, it was an empowering experience but took time to realize.
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Interesting announcement came out recently, shared by our own Ken Clusky, on how to add your own closed captioning to Facebook videos. Link is below the will take you to the how-to guide to do this!
5 Reasons Why You Should Caption Your Facebook Videos
- Videos get more impressions on the newsfeed than any other type of post.
- Facebook videos auto-play on mute, so captions are needed to let the viewer follow along.
- Captions make your video accessible to all users, from a deaf viewer to someone on a noisy train or a quiet library.
- Subtitles in other languages make your video accessible to international viewers.
- Closed captions are proven to increase engagement and watch-time.
Here is the link to the how-to guide.
Captioning Your Facebook Videos
August 5, 2016 on change.org: The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a rule on Thursday implementing new requirements for hearing aid compatibility with wireless service providers and manufacturers of wireless devices. The goal is that all wireless devices will be compatible with hearing aids by 2024.
Click here to read the full article!
A great article found from Ken Cluskey regarding efforts underway in the UK to take “noise off the menu” from the charity’s Speak Easy campaign. Based on responses from individuals with AND without hearing, there is indeed great benefit to take steps toward providing a more meaningful and enjoyable experience when dining with others. Check it out via the link below!
Action on Hearing Loss – Take Noise off the Menu!
We all know the world of hearing loss continues to be ever changing with new developments and news every day. Now it’s not reasonable to think we can post an article on the site every time something new comes to the forefront, that’s why we have news feeds for your viewing pleasure on the right side of each page (or at the bottom if viewing on a smartphone).
Science Daily, a well known source of news within the world of science, including hearing loss news, has been added to the site. You’ll see the news feed block it below our news feeds from HLAA National.
If you would like to view the full site, specifically toward hearing loss, click the link below and bookmark it if you find the information interesting and useful.
Thank you Debra for the great presentation to learn more about Hamilton Relay and California Phones!
We had a great meeting today, hosted by Hamilton Relay and California Phones. I’m attaching the meeting transcripts, thanks to our speedy captionist Melodie. A big thank you to Debra Rogers from Hamilton Relay, who did most of the planning for the meeting, gave a great presentation, AND brought us coffee and food!
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Our next HLAA-LA Chapter meeting is right around the corner on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00-12:00 pm. Same place and same time.
We are going to host a CA Phones Town Hall Meeting. Per their website, “Thanks to California Phones, from the California Telephone Access Program, it’s easier for everyone to stay connected. We offer free specialized phones that make it easier to hear, dial and call. Over half a million Californians are already enjoying California Phones.”
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The City of South Pasadena is pleased to announce the installation of hearing loop in the Council Chamber. Please see the attached press release below for more details. If you have questions or comments, you can email the Chief Deputy City Clerk, Anthony Mejia.
Press Release – Hearing Loop in Council Chamber
Some interesting news regarding the sale of laser hearing aids.
News in Brief | February 2016
FDA Approves Sale of Laser Hearing Aids
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21022016.13
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the marketing of a hearing aid that uses a laser diode and direct vibration of the eardrum to amplify sound.
The device uses a phenomenon known as the optoacoustic effect, in which some of the photons of certain types of light are absorbed and their energy is transformed into sound-generating waves when the light strikes a surface. About 10 years ago, scientists began exploring how this ability to “hear” light could be used in hearing aids.