March Meeting Recap: From Earthquakes to Birthday Cake! Part 1

Thank you Rick!

Thank you Rick!

We had another packed house on Saturday at our March 23rd chapter meeting, with many known and new faces. Attendees were captivated by our topic—“Emergency Preparedness for the Hard of Hearing,” presented by Rick Pope, who serves as the ADA Coordinator/ASL Interpreter for the City of Los Angeles. And before the meeting ended, everyone got a chance to celebrate an amazing lady for a very special milestone.

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March 23 Chapter Meeting – Emergency Preparedness

Emergency ReadinessOur next chapter meeting is coming up soon, Saturday, March 23rd! “Emergency Preparedness for the Hard of Hearing.” You don’t want to miss this highly informative seminar!

It’s time for real talk about what to do in case of emergency. Wondering how you’ll be notified? Want to know what to expect in shelters? Need some ideas about how to prepare for incidents like earthquakes and wildfires? Rick Pope will be talking about accessibility for people who are hard of hearing in emergency situations.

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February Meeting Recap – Relationships!

Our relationships panel from left to right: Teri, Sandy (moderator), Sharon, Jonathan, Wendi, and Chad.

Our relationships panel from left to right: Teri, Sandy (moderator), Sharon, Jonathan, Wendi, and Chad.

We had an awesome February meeting filled with sharing our stories and struggles with the daily challenges of hearing loss as it relates to our lives and those we love. We had a an outstanding relationships panels of all flavors including the dating world as a single woman, husband and wife, and mother and son.

Meeting transcript can be viewed here.

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The Latest in Car Technology for People With Hearing Loss

Hyundai assistive technology for hard of hearingHyundai Motor Company is leading the effort to re-innovate how those hard of hearing or deaf can get all the important stimulus when driving compared to those with normal hearing. Thanks to Audio-Visual Conversion (AVC) and Audio-Tactile Conversion (ATC) assist driving systems, visual and touch clues can be provided to the driver to alert when situations occur that would normally be difficult for those with hearing challenges to immediately notice. Learn more about what is current being developed and is in store toward the future!

February 23 Chapter Meeting – Love is in the Air!

Love is in the Air!Back by popular demand, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are hosting our annual relationship panel and interactive session! We will talk about the good and the bad when it comes to communicating with a loved one who has hearing loss. Whether married, dating, or just dealing with a family member, you’ll be sure to have a blast! Please join us!

We meet at the Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark Street; socializing starts at 9:30am, with the meeting running from 10am-noon. Coffee, juice, and water provided. Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share. See you there!

Big Hit for our January Meeting!

(You can view the January meeting transcript here)

Katie presenting the latest hearing devices

Katie presenting the latest hearing devices

We had our best turnout yet since we moved to the Sherman Oaks library early last year. And not to disappoint, Katie Wright, a trainer with HLAA’s N-CHATT program (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers) did a great entertaining and informative session talking about the latest and greatest hearing assistive devices. Our own Liz Lesan assisted as well providing further information to members while they checked out the devices on their own.

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Unlocking the World of Sound for Deaf Children

Children and hearingIt’s now more important than ever to unlock the potential of children by identifying and treating their hearing loss as soon as realized. Jane R. Madell, a pediatric audiology consultant and speech-language pathologist in Brooklyn, N.Y., shares eye-opening findings revolving around how beneficial it is to treat children with hearing loss, no matter how severe, as early as possible.

Check out this amazing and rewarding story here from the NY Times.

Deaf And Unemployed: Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

Deaf and UnemployedThere’s no doubt someone hard of hearing or deaf faces numerous challenges finding a good job in the working world, but things are changing. More and more individuals hard of hearing or deaf are creating career opportunities by starting up their own businesses. Coupled with this is opportunities for those to work for these new and thriving businesses that ultimately show just how successful the sometimes considered separate worlds of the hearing or not can inspire and exist together in the working world.

Check out this inspiring article filled with hope and promise for those of us who struggle with the daily challenges of hearing loss. Enjoy!

January 26 Meeting – All About Gadgets

2019 is underway, and so is HLAA-LA! We’ve planned a slate of informative meeting topics to help you navigate life as a person with hearing loss.

“Can’t hear your alarm in the morning? Worried about hearing your smoke alarm in the middle of the night? Want to know if your Amazon package is at the door? No worries! I’ll bring various alerting devices for you to explore – doorbells, alarm clocks, phone ring flashers, sound signalers, pagers – to name just a few. Come check them out!”

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