Charity Launches a New Campaign to Take “Noise off the Menu”

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!

Keeping Up with the Latest Developments with Hearing Loss

Science DailyWe 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.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/health_medicine/hearing_loss/

April Meeting Transcripts and Summary

Hamilton Relay

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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HLAA-LA Chapter Meeting Saturday, April 23rd – CA Phones Town Hall Meeting

Hi Everyone,

CaptelOur 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.”
http://www.californiaphones.org

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FDA Approves Sale of Laser Hearing Aids

Some interesting news regarding the sale of laser hearing aids.

http://www.earlenscorp.com/technology/device/

News in Brief | February 2016

Laser Hearing AidsFDA 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.

ADA Information Hotline

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.

1-800-514-0301 (Voice)
1-800-514-0383 (TTY)
Calls are confidential
And a link to ADA resources

http://www.ada.gov/ada_info.htm?blm_aid=17419

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