January 2016 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the latest newsletter for our January 2016 meeting.

HLAA-LA January 2016 Newsletter

Hope to see many of you at this Saturday’s meeting! We’ll hear from a panel of “mixed couples” (one partner with hearing loss and one partner with normal hearing), who will discuss how hearing loss can affect their relationships. We welcome you to invite your friends, family members and significant others. It should be an informative, engaging and entertaining discussion, moderated by our own Dana Sunderland!

See you Saturday!

HEAR Center Annual Theater Night – March 19 at 5:30pm

All are invited to the HEAR Center’s 2nd Annual Theater Night on March 19. The Pasadena Playhouse has been newly looped, and patrons have said that the sound quality is great. Please see this flyer for more information. This is a great way to support the Pasadena Playhouse, looped theater, and the HEAR Center.

The play is a fun musical called Casa Valentina. Dinner, parking, play ticket, along with a private room in the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse just for our group during Intermission, are included for $130 per person.

 

Apple Wants to Get Rid of the T-Coil – A Call to Action

Call to Action T-CoilsHello Everyone,

Please take a look and sign this petition. Juliette Sterkens from HLAA posted it on Facebook.

Stop the FCC from Removing the Telecoil Compatibility Requirement from HAC Phones

APPLE has petitioned the FCC to remove t coil compatibility from their phones. The theory is to replace it with updated technology to create more accessibility. That is all great, but the industry has yet to agree on an open wireless standard that is accessible to everyone like the t coil. Until they do, the t coil should stay.

We have another opportunity to have our voices heard and make a difference.

Please take a look at the petition.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks,

Ken

Hollywood Bowl Shows for 2016

The Hollywood Bowl has released its summer schedule of concerts, which includes the annual Sound of Music singalong (moved to the end of June) and stagings of A Chorus Line and West Side Story, plus a tribute to Star Trek.

Check out the schedule here:
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/calendar-fullseason
These are just Bowl-produced shows; it doesn’t list special event concerts, such as Andrea Bocelli (which is already set up for live CART).

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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.

January Meeting and Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Below is the link to the January 2016 newsletter.

HLAA-LA January 2016 Newsletter

Please note, I will no longer be listing birthdays and anniversaries on the newsletter. Unfortunately, the roster I was using for this information is very outdated and does not include many new members.

We hope that many of you will come to our chapter meeting next Saturday, January 23. We will be discussing the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) report and how it could potentially affect us as consumers, and the hearing healthcare industry as a whole.

You can read more about the PCAST at the following links:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/10/26/%E2%80%8Bpcast-recommends-changes-promote-innovation-hearing-technologies

http://www.hearingloss.org/content/pcast-new-report-aging-and-hearing-loss

Our president Pat Widman will be out of town for a much-deserved vacation, so Steering Committee member and Treasurer Ken Cluskey will be leading the discussion. As always, there will be refreshments and coffee and the meeting will be captioned and looped.

See many of you on Saturday!

2015 Holiday Party!

HLAA 2016 Holiday Party

HLAA-LA 2016 Holiday Party!

Our 11th annual HLAA-LA party was held on 12/13/15 at the beautiful Moorpark home of our hostess Nancy Mullen Gray. We so appreciate your warm hospitality. Thank you.

It was a wonderful evening of shared food, drink, conversation and laughs with good friends. How great is it to socialize with others who “get it”?

Check out the pictures of our always hilarious White Elephant gift exchange . You really never know what you’ll end up taking home with you!

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