HLAA Boston Launches 2015-2016 Speaker Series at Arsenal Center for the Arts

HLAA Boston launched its 2015-16 Speaker Series at Arsenal Center for the Arts! New Rep’s Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 HLAA Boston Chapter begins its new season of Speaker Series events with a theater-based hearing loop demonstration project in collaboration with New Rep Theater at Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. The project consisted of a schedule of hearing-accessible performances of the Arthur Miller play “Broken Glass” in the Charles Mosesian Theater at Arsenal Center for the Arts. The theater was  looped for the duration of the project. As part …

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Listeners with Hearing Loss and Their Communication Partners – How to Make It Work, May 9, 2015

An audience of 35 attendees joined together  with psychologist Sam Trychin and rehabilitation audiologist Dusty Jessen at our half-day communication strategies symposium.   The gathering provided a rich opportunity for participants to  acquire information and tools for preventing and reducing hearing loss-related communication difficulties and staying in better touch with our communication partners (and ourselves.) Attendees enjoyed lunch on the patio at Cornerstone Village Co-housing and received a copy of Dr. Jessen’s manual for hearing loss management, “5 Keys to Communication Success.” About our presenters: Sam Trychin is a psychologist in private practice who focuses on psycho-social interventions for people who have …

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Living Well With Hearing Loss: Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants – And Other Important Solutions, April 11, 2015

Living Well With Hearing Loss: Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants – And Other Important Solutions When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Where: Cornerstone Village Common House, 175 Harvey St., Cambridge, MA Twenty five participants joined with loops advocate Juliette Sterkens, Au.D., for a breakfast meeting-presentation on all things hearing: hearing loss, hearing aids, t-coils, hearing loops and cochlear implants. In a 2013  issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, audiologist Juliette Sterkens noted  that her long term goal is to make America more accessible for people with hearing loss and to be remembered as someone who helped her many patients enjoy life because of …

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Can Persons With Hearing Loss Learn How to Listen More Effectively?

An auditory training hands-on workshop with Geoff Plant, President of the non-profit Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles St., Boston. Meltzer Auditorium, 3rd floor This unique workshop offered participants an opportunity to observe individuals with hearing loss as they worked with Geoff Plant in real-time auditory training sessions.  We learned by watching and through group discussion.  Geoff offered information about what the research from rehabilitation audiologists tells us about how to use auditory training to achieve positive communication outcomes. We connected with old friends & new aquaintances, and  enjoyed some home baked refreshments. Geoff Plant, President of the non-profit …

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Hearing Loss and the Holidays: A Pot Luck Luncheon Party and Rap Session

Where: Cornerstone Village Function Room, 175 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA Gatherings with family and friends can be the heart and soul of the winter holidays.  Listening in large groups with multiple conversations can test our fortitude.  At this warm gathering with delicious food and supportive company, guests talked about  their “communication pet peeves” and best strategies for living well with hearing loss – and everyone took home a copy of the excellent communication strategies manual “Cut to the Chase” by Dusty Jessen, Au.D.!  We also tried out  our new portable hearing loop, which provided an excellent signal to those of us who …

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Maximizing Hearing Technology for Everyday Listening Success

Hearing Assistive Technology Conference for People With Hearing Loss with Brad Ingrao, Au.D.at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Sponsored by HLAA Boston and ALDA Boston Morning  Presentation:  Maximizing Hearing Technology for Everyday Listening Success We are fortunate enough to live in a time where a plethora of hearing technologies exists to address a wide range of types and levels of hearing loss. Too often, however, we stop at hearing aids or cochlear implants and never really utilize all the tools at our disposal. This session demystified Hearing Assistive Technology and provided a map for adapting HAT tools to  the full …

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Katherine Bouton Featured at Mass Eye and Ear’s Annual Forum on Hearing Loss

This year on September 20, Mass Eye and Ear’s annual forum on hearing loss issues, “Have You Heard?”  featured a guest appearance by Katherine Bouton,  HLAA Trustee and author of the memoir Shouting Won’t Help!  Why I–and 50 Million Other Americans–Can’t Hear You. Ms. Bouton’s  highly-acclaimed book, telling the story of  adult-onset hearing loss, was published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton/Farrar Straus & Giroux. She is a former editor at the New York Times, where she was deputy editor of the Sunday Magazine for ten years. She also held senior editing positions on Science Times, the Sunday Book Review, and Culture. Her nonfiction …

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Celebratory Collaboration: HLAA and ALDA Boston Chapters

“Collaboration” was the theme of Celebration ’14 – the May 10th evening of fun, learning, and inspiration at MIT in Cambridge,  planned by the Boston Chapters of Hearing Loss Association of America and the Association of Late Deafened Adults to salute the work of the many hearing loss support groups and hearing health professionals in our region. Members of the hearing loss community from all over New England gathered together for a program of three presentations. In her opening remarks, Massachusetts Commissioner for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Heidi Reed discussed the importance of partnerships among hearing healthcare professionals and hearing …

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Celebration ’14–An Evening of Inspiration, Learning and Fun, May 10, 2014

MIT Stratton Student Center, Cambridge, MA In collaboration with the Boston Chapter, Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) Planned to honor the work of the many New England hearing loss organizations and chapters that have created a wide range of programs, Celebration ’14 featured the acclaimed actress, writer and hearing loss advocate Gael Hannan in a presentation of her witty yet profound performance piece,   “Ear Rage.”  In addition, we honored Valarie Burrows and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with an award for excellence in accessible programming.  Guest, Commissioner Heidi Reed, began the program with some words about our diverse …

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Aural Rehabilitation – The Gold Standard in Hearing Health Care

This program offered an understanding of aural rehabilitation (“A.R.”) and how it supplements and enhances audiologic care that focuses primarily on hearing aids and cochlear implants.  We learned about some of the specific A.R. practices in audiology and how they can help people with hearing loss to increase well being and communication success. Dr. Cienkowski’s work as an audiologist is distinguished by her commitment to the investigation and development of models for patient centered care.  Currently, she is Associate Professor of Audiology in the School of Communication Disorders at University of Connecticut in nearby Storrs, just an hour south of …

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