Welcome to Our New HLAA Boston Chapter Website!

Betty Hauck wrote:   “We are so happy and excited to see this project finally come to fruition. It has been wonderful, although not surprising, to hear from so many of you about how delighted you are with the new website. And you have been asking whom to thank. That is easy – we are so grateful to Phil Temples, our website meister. He was a pleasure to work with, was very responsive to what would work best for our needs, and had lots of helpful suggestions. And among all the great new features, he has made the new website easier …

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Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services invites you to – Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies.  It is a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am.  The speaker will be  Carolyn Ginsburg Stern from the Center for Hearing and Communication. Communication is hard with a mask on and social distancing! Join us for a webinar to learn some tips like: • Demo: how to wear and take off masks comfortably with hearing aids or cochlear implants. • Communication tips when wearing a mask. • Easy/low cost apps and listening devices. Deaf and …

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Buy a Clear Mask – And Make the World a Better Place

Sandy Unger is an American Sign Language (ASL) translator. A friend  made her a clear mask and it helps Sandy in her translations in this masked, COVID-19 world.  Sandy is offering the masks to you for a $10.00 donation. She is donating all the profits to Girls for Girls Uganda, an organization within ChildVoice that is assisting young women displaced by violence. For more information on ChildVoice please visit https://childvoice.org. To give directly to Girls for Girls Uganda please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/girlsforgirlsuganda/ If you are interested in purchasing a clear mask and make the world a better place please contact Sandy …

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Northeastern University’s Free Aural Rehabilitation Sessions and Reduced Hearing Aid Program

Announcement by Nicole Laffan about Northeastern’s Free Virtual Aural Rehabilitation Sessions: “I am an audiologist and a speech-language pathologist at Northeastern University’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. I would like to share information about our free aural rehabilitation sessions and our reduced hearing aid program that your members may be interested in. “We currently provide two virtual aural rehabilitation sessions lasting 1.5-2 hours each via Zoom meetings. The sessions provide personalized training on communication techniques such as anticipatory strategies, using context clues, speech reading, lip reading, and environmental modifications. It also discusses advocacy skills, repair strategies, and tips for communicating …

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June 2020 “ALDAgram”

Juneteenth “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, …

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Hearing Loss Tips during COVID19

Nicole Laffan, Au.D., M.S., CCC-A/SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University | Bouvé College of Health Sciences writes: I’ve created the attached presentation to help individuals with hearing loss communicate during COVID-19. It contains information about advocating for oneself, phones with captioning, apps to add captioning to smart phone conversations, speech-to-text apps, video conferencing platforms that use captioning, resources for purchasing clear shields and masks, suggestions for wearing masks with hearing aids or cochlear implants, and info on the free aural rehabilitation sessions. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to share it with your members.

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Collection of Information about Face Masks and Health Care Communication

From: HLAA Central MA <hlaacentralma@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:48 AM Subject: Collection of Information about Face Masks and Health Care Communication To: HLAA Central MA <hlaacentralma@gmail.com> During the COVID-19 pandemic, people with hearing loss are frustrated by masks and face coverings.  Being able to lipread is critical to our communication, especially when navigating the healthcare system.  HLAA CM has collected some information related to this topic to share. Guide for Effective Communication in Health Care HLAA has a website dedicated to this topic with resources on how to communicate with medical professionals, recommendations for medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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These Transparent Face Masks Might Make You Feel Normal Again

From HLAA Central Massachusetts Chapter: The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have devised a transparent surgical face mask that will “soon be produced on an industrial scale.” To fabricate them, researchers had to come up with an all-new polymer material. They say the ability to see facial expressions will lead to more empathic health care providers. [Full story]

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