Dusty Jessen: Five Keys to Communications Success

Rehabilitation Audiologist Dusty Jessen will present  on “Five Keys to Communication Success” at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary on May 1, 2016. About this program: Accurate communication exchanges are critical to creating and maintaining quality relationships in the home, the workplace, and the community. After a decade of working with people who are frustrated by hearing loss, Dr. Jessen has found that most of her patients and their family members experience similar communication challenges. While hearing aids and hearing assistive technology has improved drastically over the past decade, they remain only a partial solution to communication breakdowns. Communication is a …

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Mike Harvey: Nurturing Resilience In the Face of Hearing Loss, April 5, 2016

An Evening Program with Mike Harvey, Ph.D.: “Nurturing Resilience In the Face of Hearing Loss,” lecture & experiential role playing, on April 5, 2016 at the Brookline Library, Coolidge Corner branch. Mike Harvey is one of our most important resources for learning to skillfully negotiate the emotional impact of hearing loss.  His workshop combines lecture with experiential role playing and focusses on the effects of several dysfunctional, disempowering thoughts as well as the more functional, empowering thoughts that many persons with hearing loss experience. Dr. Harvey is a clinical psychologist specializing in emotional issues related to hearing loss. He provides …

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How to Succeed at Legislative Advocacy in Massachusetts: A Two-Part Program, March 19, 2016

“How to Succeed at Legislative Advocacy in Massachusetts: A Two-Part Program,” March 19, 2016 When: Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 PM at Old South Church, Boston Presented by: Statewide Advisory Council (SAC) Members Ellen Perkins and Betsy McCarthy, Attendees will learn about bills in the Massachusetts legislature that are favorably reported out of committee and sharpened strategies to succeed in getting them passed.

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Tell Us What Interests You

Sunday, November 15, 2015:  HLAA Boston Chapter Rap Session At this “Tell Ws What Interests You” meeting,  friends of HLAA Boston gathered in the Sloane Teaching Room at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to discuss chapter  volunteer opportunities and topics of interest for upcoming Speaker Series events.

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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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