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!
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.”
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.
Some interesting news regarding the sale of laser hearing aids.
News in Brief | February 2016
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.
From the Cochlear Americas blog, and in time for our annual “Coping with the Holidays” November meeting, are some good tips for stress free celebrating. Some of them are about implant processors, but can be adapted for hearing aids.
Here is a helpful post on a blog for people with hearing & vision loss.
The United States Department of Justice operates a toll-free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line to provide information and materials to the public about the requirements of the ADA.
If you’d like assistance understanding how the ADA applies to your situation, ADA Specialists are available Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Calls are confidential
And a link to ADA resources
I saw Perry Hanavan, Aud’s webinar last week on using your smartphone as an ALD and it was really interesting. I don’t know how many of you saw it but if you didn’t, it was impressive and I thought I would share my notes with you. You can also see the webinar on the main HLAA website.
Dave Myer’s article — in the original he gave credit to all of the individuals and groups across the country who have been involved in the Looping movement — the WSJ cut those 300 words. Still—it’s progress — and public education on hearing loss.
Here’s an article we can all relate to: http://www.examiner.com/article/7-ways-to-communicate-with-the-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing?cid=db_articles