Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:00 pm – Welcome Back Chapter Meeting

Welcome back Hear@Boston, your Boston HLAA chapter.    We will have our first gathering on September 26th – Newcomers and vistors welcome!  This will be our first meeting of the new season, a chance for us to catch up with old friends, meet new friends,  and to hear about exciting developments in the chapter.  Please join in  and learn what good things are ahead. Details for logging into this Google Meet gathering will be posted soon.

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HLAA Webinar: Cochlear Implants Standards of Care – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2 p.m. ET

HLAA WEBINAR Cochlear Implants Standards of Care: An International Consensus Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT) REGISTER Presenters Craig A. Buchman, M.D. Lindburg Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis René H. Gifford, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University School of Medicine The world’s first International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation was published on August 27, 2020 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. This new study focuses on …

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There is a Connection Between Your Diet and Your Ears

From Consumer Reports Listen Up! What You Eat Can Protect Your Hearing There is a connection between your diet and your ears By Hallie Levine September 14, 2020: “I tell all my patients with hearing loss to follow a heart-healthy diet,” Dr. Woodson says. “If it’s good for your heart, it’s going to be good for your ears, as well.” Heart-healthy eating patterns, including the three approaches used in Curhan’s studies, are mostly centered on lots of high-quality plant-based foods and low amounts of animal-based foods, refined grains, added sugars, and unhealthy fats. To make it easy, Curhan recommends at each meal …

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Celebrating the Americans with Disability Act

Jonathan Taylor, head of New York City HLAA chapter,  sent this link to a YouTube video of its Sept. 1st, 2020  meeting celebrating the anniversary of the landmark legislation establishing the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jonathan writes: “The September 1 chapter meeting was a celebration of the ADA, with introductory remarks by long-time chapter board member, Anne Pope, about the history of the ADA and HLAA’s role in its enactment. We were honored to have JoAnne Simon as our main speaker. Ms. Simon is a member of the NY State Assembly for the 52nd District in Brooklyn and …

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Betty Hauck Presents “A Life in Music Lost &Found” – Oct. 17, 2020, 4:00 pm

A Life in Music Lost & Found My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss A “Talk & Play” presentation by Betty Hauck, violin and viola For 50 years, Betty enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist—until the day she realized that she had to retire because of progressive hearing loss. For three years, she completely turned her back on music. In this “Talk & Play” presentation, she will tell the story of how various twists and turns led her back into sharing the joy of music while educating and advocating for those with hearing loss. Her …

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New England Walk4Hearing Online Celebration-Sunday, October 25, 2020

Let’s stay connected and celebrate our Walk4Hearing community! Join us on Walk Day to show support for people with hearing loss and connect with fellow walkers and new friends. There will be special guests, chances to win prizes, and the opportunity to share stories. After the online celebration, participants are encouraged to walk safely with family or as a team in their neighborhoods. Featuring: Bruce Peterson, Honorary Walk Chair Gael Hannan, hearing loss advocate, writer, and humorist Joss Kendrick, American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year YOU, the heart of the Walk4Hearing community! Sunday, October 25, 2020 Sign on begins, …

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HLAA Virtual Meeting – A Conversation with Barbara Kelley Connecting and Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

HLAA Virtual Meeting – A Conversation with Barbara Kelley Connecting and Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic Presented by HLAA California State Association Saturday, September 12, 2020 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT Join us for an inspiring and enlightening conversation with HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley about adapting during the coronavirus pandemic, communication opportunities, continued advocacy for our rights, the value of chapters and state associations, and moving forward. REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL MEETING After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Helpful Hints and Tutorials Zoom concerns have been …

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At Boston Lyric Opera, a manufacturing production for mask-wearers who are deaf

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Boston Resiliency Fund, Boston Lyric Opera and its partners will soon start manufacturing transparent face masks tailored to the needs of those who are deaf or hard of hearing. These populations can feel excluded during the pandemic, due to the necessity of mask-wearing to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Traditional masks with cloth fabric come with some significant downsides,” said BLO Chief Operating Officer Bradley Vernatter in a phone interview. For starters, masks block lip movements and facial expressions — which are central to the way folks with deafness communicate. “Through …

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Experience the HLAA Virtual Convention – Again!

Experience HLAA! (June 18-19, 2020) Recordings The HLAA convention was replaced with a virtual “Experience HLAA!” event June 18 and 19.  Over 2,400 people registered for various parts of the event and at one point there were 800 people tuned into the virtual experience.  There are video recordings now available for: Opening Session Panel: Potential for Regenerative Medicine Panel: Workplace Gain Research Symposium: Latest on Tinnitus Research Presentation: Hearing Loss and the Health Care System All the presentations are captioned.  You can find all of the recordings on the Experience HLAA! page: https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention/experience-hlaa/

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