Fun Times at our Annual Holiday Party!

We had another successful HLAA Holiday Party at the beautiful home of Heather & Frank Lehr just over a week ago. The crowd was a great mix of long-time members as well as a number of new guests who are interested in what HLAA has to offer. We enjoyed turkey and ham, as well as several delicious side dishes supplied by Urban Plates. Kudos to the staff at Urban Plate for comping our salads and bread! And thank you, Heather and Frank, for the spiked punch!

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Holiday Party Reminder!

Don’t forget our holiday party is coming up!

If you haven’t rsvp’d yet, please do so if you have interest to join our holiday party scheduled for

 

Saturday, December 14 at Heather’s home from roughly 6pm-9pm.

It’s always a great time filled with good food, company, and getting to know people who “get it” when it comes to the daily challenges and struggles with hearing loss. An invite was emailed to our members but if you haven’t received one, no worries! Just email us at info@hlaa-la.org and note the following:

  • How many people are coming, including yourself.
  • Let us know if you did or did not receive the holiday invite.
  • Note: Further information will be provided upon your rsvp, including address for the party and additional information to be aware of.

Hope to see you there!

HLAA-LA is Turning 15 – Come and Celebrate!

HLAA-LA is turning 15!

Celebrating 15 years!Come help us celebrate on Saturday November 2nd as we look back at the history and accomplishments of our chapter over the past decade and a half.

It takes a village to establish and maintain an active functioning group, and we have many people to thank, both those who started and those who have contributed to maintaining our chapter. A special shout out to pioneers Valerie and Willy Stern, Danny Tubbs, Katherine Burns, Alicia Fernandez, Mike Kaplan, and Grace Tiessen for brainstorming the creation of the chapter and securing a meeting location at the Hear Center in Pasadena.

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September 28 Chapter Meeting – Tinnitus Demystified!

Tinnitus Understanding and managing tinnitus with Dr. Sharzad Cohen.

This presentation is designed to explain different theories about the causes of tinnitus and the available therapeutic methods. A review of the recent research about tinnitus and the relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss will be offered. Tinnitus management techniques and instruments will be discussed to eradicate the myth that tinnitus has no solutions!

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August 24 Chapter Meeting – How to Effectively Communicate with LAPD

Ever wonder how you will act or respond if LAPD pulls you over? How do you safely convey you’re hard of hearing? No matter what the situation, how should you communicate with LAPD?

Dan Widman, Pat Widman’s (former HLAA-LA President) son and current sergeant of LAPD, will help us learn how to communicate with any officer safely and effectively.

Join us for our upcoming HLAA-LA meeting on Saturday, August 24th, at our usual time and location:

Day and Time: Saturday, August 24 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!

July 27 Meeting – Summertime Challenges Rap Session!

Due to the great response from our previous rap sessions, we will be having another interactive meeting, this time on the subject of hearing challenges in the summer.

Are you confused about what auditory equipment to pack for a day at the beach?
What should you take and what should you leave at home?

Are you worried that sweating in the heat of summer will cause your hearing aid to malfunction?

For you CI wearers, are you concerned about going through metal detectors and scanners at airports?

Would you like to be prepared for travel with a kit for your hearing equipment, devices and accessories?

Day and Time: Saturday, July 27 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!

June Meeting Summary – Text to 911 with Richard Ray!

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Meeting transcript can be found here.

A HUGE thank you to Richard Ray, ADA Technology Access Coordinator, for a most informative and passionate education this past Saturday on the text to 911 visual paging system, as well as many other communication accessible services you have helped bring to fruition over the years.

Real time text (RTT) is truly a game changer – thank you for not only teaching us what it is and how to use it, but also how to install and operate it on our phones! The entire deaf and HOH community is beyond fortunate to have your expertise and advocacy on all our behalf.

Stay tuned for upcoming details for our July wrap session coming on Saturday, July 27!

Another Great Success with Walk4Hearing!

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

What a great 2019 Walk4Hearing event! The Los Angeles Chapter “LA Stars” team was again the top and most awesome team thanks to so many that participated and got the word out with their fundraising efforts. HLAA National and our chapter will greatly benefit from all the hard work as we embark on the rest of 2019 on to 2020 advocating for those with hearing loss.

The Walk welcomed over 500 walkers, were joined by 30 amazing teams, and raised over $50,000 and counting. Note that donations will continued to be accepted through July 31 so it’s not too late to contribute! Any questions can be addressed to our info@hlaa-la.org email address. See below for the photo gallery highlighting the Walk.

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June 22 Meeting – Emergency Preparedness Part II!

If you enjoyed our previous seminar on emergency services, this is Part II! The fabulous Richard Ray is going to tell us what systems are already in place in case of an emergency. Even better, what’s available in the future. He’s here to listen to us, hear our concerns, and implement better systems.

Evolving technology creates more options for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or have speech or cognitive disabilities for effective communication during emergencies.  The presentation will cover the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice’s regulations to facilitate accessible 9-1-1 calling and accessible emergency notifications.  Emergency communications options available today and in the future will also be discussed, such as real-time text, short message service, and other communication modalities.

Time: 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library -14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Memorial Party Fun

Sandy, Lisa Beth, and Blanca enjoying their time.

Sandy, Lisa Beth, and Blanca enjoying the party.

Despite poor weather and illnesses, we had a nice turnout and a great time at our annual Memorial party held graciously at Sandy’s home. I guess you could say that no matter what the weather may look like, we still know how to party!

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