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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“Sign language interpreters are sharing lifesaving information and becoming part of a visible pantheon of essential workers”

Francine Stieglitz writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: How Do You Sign ‘Don’t Drink Bleach’?   Today’s New York Times has an important article on the need for ASL interpreters at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/us/coronavirus-sign-language-interpreters.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=US%20News ALDAbest, Francine

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Video Captions Benefit Everyone

This is from Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the NYC HLAA Chapter. An abbreviated version appeared in the New York Times a couple of days ago in response to a piece in adapting to online learning. Video Captions Benefit Everyone “In 2015, Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher, a professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, published an article in the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences entitled, “Video captions benefit everyone.”  In it, she reviewed more than one hundred studies on the benefits of video captioning and found that captioning “improves comprehension of, attention to, and memory for the …

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“Boston area startups making slow progress in fight against hearing loss”

Boston Globe (paywall): When a small cluster of biotechs working on drugs for hearing loss cropped up in the Boston area several years ago, it raised the hopes of legions of mostly older people who rely on hearing aids or implanted electronic devices. Since then, investors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into those local startups. The young companies have snapped up top scientists and genetic experts from Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. And Greater Boston has emerged as the hub of hearing restoration efforts. All the elements are in place for a breakthrough. But therapies to regenerate …

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HLAA’s Katherine Bouton Interviewed on Healtheo360

HLAA’s Katherine Bouton was recently interviewed on healtheo360’s weekly 30-minute live health talk show. Katherine Bouton is a longtime former editor at the New York Times, including 10 years as Deputy Editor at The New York Times Magazine. She continues to write for many sections of the Times, and is a weekly blogger at AARP Health. She is the author of the critically acclaimed ”Shouting Won’t Help” and “Living Better With Hearing Loss. Katherine developed idiopathic progressive hearing loss at age 30 and today wears a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees …

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