Special Guest Chapter Meeting – Sat., June 12, 2021

DON’T MISS IT! ALDA and Boston Chapter HLAA present “Meet and Greet with Jeopardy” Special guest Commissioner Sotonwa from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Saturday June 12th, 2021  from 4:00 -6:00 pm via Zoom.  *Link to be sent to mailing list members closer to the date.  Newcomers – please email hearatboston@gmail.com Join us for an interactive Jeopardy game (with questions from the Commissioner himself), plus socializing and learning from peers living with hearing loss.

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Boston Chapter Meeting – Sat., June 12, 2021 4:00 – 6:00 pm

COMING UP!  Boston Chapter HLAA meeting Saturday June 12th via Zoom* 4:00 – 6:00 pm  *Link to be sent to mailing list members closer to the date.  Newcomers – please email hearatboston@gmail.com   Join us for socializing and learning from peers living with hearing loss. Possible presentation by Commissioner Sotonwa from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.   More details to come!  Mark your calendars!

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A New Take on the Audiogram Designed by Someone with Hearing Loss

Thank you to Betty Hauck for highlighting Shari Ebert’s latest blog post at livingwithhearingloss.com Betty says, “Some of you may know of Shari Eberts who has been circulating the petition that, along with media coverage, finally got Zoom to agree to provide captioning on free Zoom accounts. Shari has a terrific blog which I highly recommend, and you can sign up to get a notification every time she has a new post. I’m fascinated by her latest post which is about a new way to visualize the audiogram and is the brainchild of Jay Alan Zimmerman, deaf composer and musician. …

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H.O.P.E – Hearing Our Personal Experiences – April 17, 2021

Boston Chapter Meeting Saturday April 17, 2021 via Zoom* 4:00 -6:00 pm H.O.P.E- Hearing Our Personal Experiences *Link to be sent at later date to Hear@Boston members and friends. Newcomers and visitors please email  hearatboston@gmail.com to receive the link. Join us for a time of reflection, listening and sharing about living with hearing loss, especially during mask-wearing times. Explore the world of captions, pros and cons, and all the ways to capture it. All are invited to contribute to conversation, but not obligated. “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And …

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Zoom Makes ASR Captioning Free for People with Hearing Loss

Good News! Thanks to a campaign spearheaded by HLAA’s  Shari Eberts, Zoom has agreed to provide captions on free accounts.  [Below is from Shari’s blog, “Living With Hearing Loss” From https://livingwithhearingloss.com/ ] Success! Zoom has heard our community’s voice! Zoom just announced it will provide its high-quality ASR captions (Live Transcript) FREE for people with hearing loss, as well as other groups who require this feature for accessibility reasons. Click here to request access. This feature will be rolled out to all free accounts by Fall 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been asking Zoom to do just …

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All Things Cochlea(r) – A Zoom Panel Presentation About Cochlear Implants

February 27th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The HearatBoston Zoom presentation will feature: Guest speakers from all three cochlear implant (CI) companies: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, and Med-El, Dr. Daniel Lee, CI surgeon from Mass Eye and Ear, Eva Bero, Audiologist, Dir. of Audiology at Lahey Medical , A panel of CI users to answer your questions. Bring your questions and a cup of tea (or whatever you desire).  Captions will be provided on the Zoom site. For more information and to the request the link to the Zoom meeting please mail  hearatboston@gmail.com. See you soon. Sue, Liz, Carol and Barbara HLAA Boston Chapter Board

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Cochlear Implant Experiences and Best Practice Tips – Feb. 2, 2021

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Time: 10 a.m. EST (Eastern Time), 7 a.m. PST (Pacific Time), 4 p.m. CEST (Central European Time), 9 p.m. ICT (Indochina Time), 10 p.m. PHST (Philippines Time) Duration: 90 minutes Cochlear implant devices are small, complex devices that can help provide a sense of sound to the user. Around more than 40 years, the technology is in use in many parts of the world. In this session, users and professionals will share their knowledge and experience with cochlear implants for adults as well as offer best practice tips. Speakers: Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, Hearing Loss Association of …

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ADA: “Include Architectural Improvements For Those With Hearing Impairments”

The January 3, 2021 Boston Globe Magazine published a Letter to the Editor by HearAtBoston board member Carol Agate entitled, “ADA Anniversary.” The letter addresses the ACCESSIBLE Massachusetts Act (H.4425) and reminds readers that hearing loss is a disability that is seldom recognized. It also advocates for architectural improvements for those with hearing impairments.

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Boston Organizations Subsidize Clear Masks for Boston Residents

Boston Lyric Opera and Costume Works Inc. have formed a partnership to manufacture and make available clear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who are Boston residents and part of the deaf and hard of hearing community, these masks are available  at a subsidized rate of $13 thanks to support from the Boston Resiliency Fund. This includes all people who interact regularly with members of the deaf and hard of hearing community as well. Find more information and get your mask here: https://blo.org/facemasks/ And don’t forget to advocate for yourself!  Ask for clear masks – especially at medical …

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Mass.gov’s New Campaign to Stop Covid-19 Includes Captions and Sign Language

Accessibility is getting better in Massachusetts.  Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has helped produce a series of accessible videos encouraging folks to wash hands, avoid groups etc. Please see the ASL version of the new Mass.gov campaign on its Facebook page: Actions = Consequences: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=434334580929189

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