Next Chapter Google Meet and Share Your Hearing Loss Story with Frequency Therapeutics – September 26, 2020

Save The Date! Saturday, September 26, 2020 for Hear@Boston’s next virtual meeting over Google Meet.  The meeting will be held  4:00 – 6:00  pm to accommodate the still light summer/fall weekend hours and to avoid any possible conflicts with the National’s schedule. There have been many changes over this summer in leadership and we need to rethink our direction.  Let’s check in with each other and find out how we are all faring going into our 7th month of this pandemic.   Please plan on chapter leadership elections during the meeting.  More details to follow. Also, please see the following request from …

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Experience the HLAA Virtual Convention – Again!

2020 Archives are not available. 2018 and 2019 archives can be found at this link. 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 …

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FCC Accessibility Updates for People with Hearing Loss

Please join the next HLAA Webinar featuring FCC accessibility updates for people with hearing loss.   The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2 p.m., ET. HLAA WEBINAR Federal Communications Commission Accessibility Updates for People with Hearing Loss (Registration is required) Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Time: 2 p.m. (ET), 1 p.m. (CT), 12 p.m. (MT), 11 a.m. (PT) Our panel will cover the accessibility updates on matters that are important to you, including accessible video programming, emergency communications, and telecommunications. The FCC Disability Rights Office staff look forward to a highly interactive workshop to address your questions and …

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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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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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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 ALDA Program

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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