Join us on Saturday, April 15 for an engaging and interactive presentation covering new developments and advances with hearing aids and your hearing. Audiologist Jeff Grama, M.A., a popular past presenter for the chapter, will discuss these topics and address your questions.
Date: Saturday, April 15
(NOTE: This chapter presentation will happen early on the third Saturday of the month)
Tim: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (may run over)
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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.
If you are interested, please contact Juri Hwang, at HEREMYVOICE-L@mymaillists.usc.edu, for more information or fill out an interest form below.
The HLAA 2023 Convention registration is OPEN!
Join us in New Orleans June 29 – July 1 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes the general session with keynote speaker Dr. K. Renee Horton, the Research Symposium, Joy of Music/Loving Your Ears, and a variety of educational workshops.
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A story from MacMillan Learning, David Myers shares his cochlear implant success story journey and experiences with others. If you are thinking about a cochlear implant or are just curious, take a read about David’s personal experience. It’s not a simple activate the cochlear implant and away you go. It’s more about being mindful and realistic what to expect and giving your brain, and yourself, the patience and compassion to adapt to a new world of speech and sound comprehension.
For the first time in the 134th year of the Rose Parade, the royal court will include a member of the hard of hearing community.
Salia Baligh was born without ear canals and after several surgeries, she uses a cochlear implant to thrive at school and in sports.
Learn more about this heart warming story, including a video news story about her journey.
Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)
Duration: 60 minutes
Over-the-Counter hearing aids are here! But there’s a lot to learn and understand to successfully empower potential candidates for these types of devices. Please consider joining the upcoming HLAA webinar – FDA Regulations for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids.
On October 17, Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids were finally approved for consumers to learn, explore and try. With countless millions of people suffering with hearing loss and high hearing aids costs, this may potentially be a real game changer.
Please see the HLAA resources below to learn more about OTC hearing aids, if you need one, and how to approach finding hearing aids that you can feel happy with.
Learn about OTC hearing aids
OTC Tip Sheet
HLAA played a big role in not only providing guidance on OTC regulations and rules, but also getting the word out to the media and our consumers. It will take time to truly find what works for you, but your hearing wellness should be your top priority!
See what HLAA has been involved with in the OTC news!
The U.S. Department of Labor wants feedback from persons who are deaf or with hearing loss and their experience accessing employment services through American Job Centers. They are looking for people who have recently used or interacted with American Job Centers who would be willing to share their input in an hour-long virtual listening session.
To participate in an hour-long listening session hosted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Civil Rights Center (CRC), participants should have:
- interacted with public or government-funded employment agencies, such as American Job Centers or One Stop,
- had these interactions within the past five years,
- used either a phone call, in-person meeting, or virtual meeting as part of this interaction.
Two meeting dates are set. Each meeting is 60 minutes long on Zoom platform and will include live/ASR captioning, CART captioning, and ASL.
Monday, September 12 at 3 p.m. ET
Wednesday, September 14 at Noon ET
To participate or to learn more, contact *Michael Petrick, Program Manager at Economic Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic: Learning all the great benefits of CTAP!
Date: Saturday, August 27, 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!
The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) is an invaluable service that many individuals are unaware of or don’t fully understand the free services they may be entitled to. CTAP products are geared to meet many needs including telephones, amplifiers, ring-signal, speech devices, headsets, and many accessories. So much help is available, you just need to ask!
Please join us as Oskar Aguilar, from CTAP, will explain the program and benefits and get your questions answered. This service could make a difference for you and others you care about that could benefit.
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California Telephone Access Program
On August 16, the FDA issued a final rule for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and how they will be sold to consumers. This is a big day for those with mild to moderate hearing loss as many more affordable hearing aid options will become available within the control of the consumer themselves.
This is a long-awaited FDA rule and couldn’t come soon enough for millions of Americans who have put off buying or even considering a hearing aid due to costs.
To get all your answers to your questions and to learn more, please visit the HLAA OTC site.