As we head into Fall, grab a coffee and snack and join us. This gathering promises to be a fun event, filled with celebration, hope, and a glimpse into the future.
One of the highlights of our meeting will be the celebration of our first Young Adult Ambassador (YAA) scholarship winner, Erin McClain. Erin’s dedication and passion have made her a shining example of the values and vision that our chapter upholds. We cannot wait for you to meet her and hear about her aspirations during this event.
We’ll also share what the chapter has been doing and, more importantly, our future plans. It’s a chance for all of us to come together, exchange ideas, and learn about the exciting initiatives we have in store for our hearing loss community.
The chapter held its first in-person HOPE (Hearing Other People’s Experiences) support gathering. The event allowed participants to share their hearing loss journey, challenges, and hear words of encouragement and support from others. A truly rewarding experience for all who attended.
All those who attended would like to meet again soon so plans are already underway for our next HOPE gathering.
If you or someone you know is struggling with challenges with their hearing, please reach out to the chapter. We are here to get you going on the right path to embrace and succeed with your hearing loss!
We had an engaging and wonderful conversation with audiologist, Jeff Grama, M.A. With 48 years of experience, Jeff provided important information about the latest developments with hearing aids, his personal observations about the over-the-counter hearing aids, and Q&A addressing many questions you may have yourself.
Our own chapter member, Sandy Blake, taking part in Here, My Voice
Here, My Voice 3: Supporting the Power of Voice of Hard of Hearing People
Are you a cochlear implant or hearing aid user and interested in receiving personalized voice lessons with a professional vocal artist?
USC’s “Here, My Voice 3” program is looking for adults with hearing loss for a study focusing on improving vocal confidence and joy of self-expression. Participants can choose to work on vocal expressions such as singing or spoken words. The lessons will be held in person or on Zoom for one hour per week over a 12 week period. No prior music or singing experience is required. Individual voice lessons are provided to participants at no cost to them. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out surveys and be part of individual interviews. Data will be anonymously collected. You will receive a $100 gift card as a token of gratitude for participating. Your participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw from the study at any time.
Simply hearing the informational content of words is one thing, but understanding the impact of hearing loss on the brain and body is far wider than most people appreciate. In this webinar, Dr. Ruffin shares both science-based and personal recommendations working in a challenging, fast-paced work environment.
Topic: Cochlear Implants of Today with Cochlear Americas Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 Where: Online Zoom Meeting Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!
NOTE: Make sure to note this replaces our typical fourth Saturday of the month meeting.
We had a wonderful presentation and discussion covering the family dynamics and challenges faced with hearing loss. Dr. Jen Anfinson was kind enough to put together and present to our audience with many interesting topics and Q&A.
We had a wonderful chapter social gathering this spring to celebrate the CODA movie. Many of those who attended had not seen each other since pre-pandemic so it was a much-needed time together. After some pre-movie good food and appetizers, we all enjoyed a truly enlightening and magical movie. Although the movie does focus on the deaf community, we do hope it will also raise awareness for those with hearing loss.
And a special thank you to our host, Sandy Blake, for allowing us to mess up her home!
If you have any ideas or suggestions for a chapter social gathering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia and Blanca
Let the movie begin!
Outdoor group shot before leaving.
Michael, Sandy and Heather enjoying the food and company.
Everyone who needs assistance and help with their hearing needs will benefit greatly by having a supportive and strong relationship with their hearing care professional.
IDA Institute has put together an informative and fun guide called Partnering for Great Hearing Care. This brand-new animated guide shows a great partnership in action and provides practical tips for both clinicians and clients for how to build a successful partnership, based on four building blocks: build trust, connect as people, be active partners, and invite family and friends.
Those who attended our March chapter meeting enjoyed a great presentation about what is lip reading, how it can help us in noisy situations and training opportunities. And a special thank you to Ed Auer, Ph. D. and Nicole Jordan, Au.D. to take time out of their Saturday morning to present to us.
Some meeting notes to share:
There is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the speech recognition study. To learn more go to https://seehear.us/study/.
You may also reach out Ed Auer, Ph.D., with any questions at email@example.com.