ALDA/HlAA accessible tour with the MFA on Saturday November 21,2020

Registration is now open for the ALDA/HlAA accessible tour at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston  on Saturday November 21,2020.  Please join us for the first of an ongoing schedule of virtual MFA tours via Zoom with Karen Moss as our guide .  Our first event is based on the topic “Gatherings Over Time”. This time of year some people are planning their holiday celebrations and such gatherings have been pared back or cancelled altogether during the Covid pandemic .  Let us explore various art images in the context of “Gatherings Over Time” as festive, upbeat and enjoyable.

We are setting up a few tours into 2021 which will be held on Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:45 am.  We are allowing 15 minutes before and after for attendees to sign -in, to cover administrative points  and to answer questions .The tour itself will take approximately one hour.
1. To register, email Ronit Minchom at or call 617-369-3189
2. In the subject line , put the name of the tour (Gatherings Over Time) the date November 21 and the time of the tour 10:15 a.m.
3. Please join the call at 10:15 am so that we have plenty of time to ensure everything is working smoothly .
4. There is a limit of 25 attendees for this call . You must register any guest so that we can accurately track attendance .
5. For this tour , registration will close Wednesday November 18th, unless the tour fills up before that time.  We will maintain a waiting list should there be any cancellations.
6.  Ronit will send out a Zoom link the Friday before the Saturday Tour
If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let our tour leader Karen Moss ( and Ronit Minchom ( know, via email, even if it is the day of the tour.
Please note : if fewer than 6 people register for the tour, the tour will be cancelled.

Virtual HLAA Chapter Meetings Around the Country

With the ongoing pandemic most HLAA chapters around the country are holding virtual meetings using Zoom or Google Meet.  Below are some meeting details and you can join in from anywhere by either registering ahead of time using the provided links or email a request for the Zoom link.

Assistive Hearing and OTC Devices-Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 2:00 – 4:00pm
HLAA Mission Viejo Chapter Virtual Meeting

Organizer: Toni Barrient 949-391-9756 text

Description: Popular Professor, Fan-Gang (UCI Researcher) will present his ongoing research about technologies that help people hear including over the counter devices like AirPods.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Nov 10, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time, 2:00 pm EST.

Here are more upcoming virtual events (Details below):

  • Saturday November 14 at 4pm: HLAA Virtual Meeting hosted by HLAA California Association – “Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss?”
  • Tuesday November 17 at 8pm: HLAA Veterans Across America – “What’s in your Hearing Rucksack?”
  • Wednesday November 18 at 4pm: HLAA Plymouth Chapter – “A Life in Music Lost and Found”

Saturday November 14: 4pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA California State Association virtual meeting

“Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss?”

Speaker: Alison Freeman

Join our next virtual meeting to learn some tips and strategies on how to deal with hearing loss during the holidays ahead. Speaker Alison Freeman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who works part-time at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with both hearing and hard of hearing/deaf/Deaf students. She also has a private practice and is doing teletherapy during the pandemic. She has had a severe hearing loss since early childhood, was orally trained, and is a long-time member of HLAA (she knew Founder Rocky Stone!).


Tuesday November 17: 8pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA Veterans Across America virtual meeting

“What’s in your Hearing Rucksack?”

Speaker: Juliette Sterkens

Most people with hearing loss will say they can hear just fine but that they have difficulty understanding speech, particularly in background noise, watching TV or while attending religious services, a lecture or theater performances even when using the most modern, up-to-date hearing aids. This lecture will go beyond hearing aids and will help you become an informed consumer to get the hearing care and technology from the VA that will work for you.

Juliëtte Sterkens is the HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate and professional advisor to HLAA on Hearing Loop Technology.

Register at [link expired]

Wednesday November 18: 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA Plymouth Chapter virtual meeting

“A Life in Music Lost and Found”

Speaker: Betty Hauck

Betty Hauck, who was supposed to perform with the violin and viola for our chapter at the Plymouth Public Library, on March 18, 2020 (just before the pandemic started), will be talking A LIFE IN MUSIC LOST & FOUND: My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss. Betty was featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss, which was reprised as a favorite story of 2018.

Contact Sandy Spekman ( to request the link.

HLAA Virtual Meeting Recordings

You can view recordings of past Hearing Loss virtual meetings at:

Hear @ Boston – Holiday “HAT” Check – December 5, 2020 4:00 pm

Holiday HAT Check – Hearing Assistive Technology.

The holiday season presents us with many challenges in our hard-of-hearing world.  Fortunately, there are many tech tools to help us all  live with hearing loss.  Let’s learn from each other!  Let’s share our knowledge!

Please attend, and please bring and share a favorite device that helps you with safety, stress, and relates to hearing loss.  Show and tell!  It will help us all get through the challenging holiday season.

December 5, 2020 4:00 pm – Virtual VIA Zoom

Please join the hear@boston  Zoom Meeting!  Please email  to get the link.