Hearing loss is an invisible disability; its true disability is a communication disability. The primary disability of hearing loss is a communication disability rather than just not being able to hear. Struggling to understand conversations with lifelong friends and family, hearing music or professional meetings is a constant stress every day and can lead to depression and social withdrawal.
An essential part of dealing with hearing loss is recognizing that stress is inevitable so rather than avoiding it, learning more effective stress communication skills will be more productive and emotionally satisfying. Come learn new coping skills for keeping depression and anxiety at bay with Dr. Alison Freeman, who has a severe, bilateral sensorineural loss herself.
Alison Freeman, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and theater arts from the University of California and doctorate from International University. She works half-time at California State University at Northridge as a staff psychologist working with students with hearing loss, is an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and has a private practice.
Dr. Freeman was diagnosed with a moderate-severe hearing loss at age 3.
Come and join us for our October meeting. Join others for an informative and engaging presentation about the powerful AVA captioning app that easily allows you to live in a fully accessible world. Imagine a day when we will live in a 24/7 accessible world. AVA can help us get there!
Pieter Doevendans, a co-founder of AVA, will present so grab some coffee and morning snacks and join us! There will be time afterward for questions and answers.
We had a wonderful presentation and discussion with Katherine Bouton during our September chapter meeting. Learning about Katherine’s personal hearing loss journey and relating that to our own hearing struggles or with family members was so appreciated.
Many of you noted you wanted to attend but couldn’t so our chapter meeting presentation recording with Katherine is available below or on our chapter Youtube channel.
Katherine is a former HLAA board member and an advocate and educator for the deaf and hard of hearing. She is the author of “Smart Hearing“, “Shouting Won’t Help“, and “Living Better with Hearing Loss“. We may explore having a book club discussion with Katherine and her books so if you are interested, just email us at email@example.com.
Katherine Bouton, a former HLAA board member, is an advocate and educator for the deaf and hard of hearing. She is the author of “Smart Hearing“, “Shouting Won’t Help“, as well as “Living Better with Hearing Loss“.
During this meeting, she will share with us how she learned to navigate the maze of hearing loss on her own, after suddenly losing her hearing at age 30. In the rapidly changing world of hearing aids, how she got hers and the various lessons learned.
Want some practical advice for getting your life back with hearing loss? Join us with an open discussion afterward to share your experiences and ask questions!
A big thank you to Dr. Alaina Bassett for a very engaging and informative presentation of the vestibular system. Our balance system is unique and is made up of many different systems working in concert to give us the ability to understand and navigate our surroundings.
Dr. Bassett started off her presentation discussing our balance system made up of the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems. The anatomy and physiology of our inner ear and the particular functions each part plays in our hearing were discussed in-depth. Various testing techniques to understand and evaluate balance was shared to give the audience a better feel of what they should expect should they want to be tested.
Alaina Bassett AuD, Ph.D., CCC-A, Assistant Professor, Division of Audiology at USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Director, USC Balance Center.
Overview: Finding Balance: Exploring the vestibular system
In this session, we will focus on the vestibular system which is responsible for encoding the position of the head in space relative to gravity. This portion of the inner ear can be a mystery to many yet, plays a pivotal role in everyday activities. Topics will include anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system, auditory and vestibular disorders, vestibular diagnostic tests, and functional outcomes following changes in vestibular function.
On February 27, HLAA-Los Angeles Chapter hosted a presentation on the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) General Services on Zoom. This presentation was led by Ruben Valido, who is a staff services manager and has been working at the CA Department of Rehabilitation since 2007.
Save the date and plan to join us for an engaging and informative presentation from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). This meeting was a highly requested topic requested from many of you so now is your chance to discover what DOR is all about. Equip yourself with tools to attain employment, achieve independence and realize equality!
This presentation will cover the application process in order to become a DOR consumer, the types of service the consumer will receive, what is expected from the consumers, and the expected outcomes. Plenty of Q&A time afterwards!
Lisa Yuan and Ken Cluskey, former LA Chapter members, will be on primetime this Saturday to share their wisdom and knowledge pertaining to employment strategies for those with hearing loss. You don’t want to miss this!
Finding and maintaining a job with hearing loss can be challenging, and for many, those challenges have likely been magnified during the pandemic. In this program, Lisa Yuan and Ken Cluskey will share experiences and strategies they have developed during more than 30 years in both the public and private sectors on searching for a job, obtaining employment and achieving success once employed. The program will include tips and resources related to the specific challenges that people with hearing loss may face as they navigate their careers.