Bluetooth: The Hopeful Future of Hearing Technology (Virtual) March 5th 4-6pm

DON’T MISS IT! The Boston Chapter HLAA will host a Virtual Meeting to explore how bluetooth is changing the game for hearing technology. Join us to learn more!

Bluetooth: The Hopeful Future of Hearing Technology

Learn about upcoming Bluetooth LE Audio, dealing with frustrations, and persevering around technology.
We may sing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” but we can try everything to see if we get what we need.

presented by Andrea Kaneb
hearing technology educator, advocate, and author
Gathering Sound

Saturday, March 5th
via Zoom

Zoom link to be sent to mailing list members closer to the date.
Newcomers are welcome – please email

Join us to learn and socialize with peers living with hearing loss.


2021 HLAA Virtual Convention

HLAA 2021 virtual convention

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at HLAA’s Virtual Convention where will learn more about the latest in hearing health, and how to live well with hearing loss.

Click here to register!

Please view the following tips for accessing the Showcare virtual platform to guarantee the best viewing experience.

  • If you are registered for the Virtual Convention, check for an email from HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 with instructions on how to access the HLAA Virtual Convention platform. The virtual platform is run by Showcare.
  • The Virtual Convention platform is where you access all sessions and visit the virtual exhibit hall.
  • We highly recommend you activate your account and familiarize yourself with the platform BEFORE the Virtual Convention begins on Thursday, June 24. There will be step-by-step instruction pop-ups when you log in for the first time. We strongly encourage you to follow these instructions.
  • Please note that the virtual platform only supports CHROME, FIREFOX or SAFARI. Microsoft Edge is not supported.
  • For the best experience and to avoid connection issues, it is best to be hardwired (via an ethernet cable to a router), or at least have a strong, reliable Wi-Fi internet connection. It is also recommended that you disconnect from any VPN (i.e., Citrix), as this can block your access to the platform.
  • If you need any help before or during the convention, please email Amanda Watson at

H.O.P.E – Hearing Our Personal Experiences – April 17, 2021

Save the Date Boston Chapter Meeting

Saturday April 17, 2021 via Zoom*
4:00 -6:00 pm

H.O.P.E- Hearing Our Personal Experiences

*Link to be sent at later date to Hear@Boston members and friends. Newcomers and visitors please email to receive the link.

Join us for a time of reflection, listening and sharing about living with hearing loss, especially during mask-wearing times.

Explore the world of captions, pros and cons, and all the ways to capture it.

All are invited to contribute to conversation, but not obligated.

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,”…

-Emily Dickinson

HLAA Boston Chapter Board
Liz, Sue, Barbara and Carol

All Things Cochlea(r) – A Zoom Panel Presentation About Cochlear Implants

February 27th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
The HearatBoston Zoom presentation will feature:
  • Guest speakers from all three cochlear implant (CI) companies: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, and Med-El,
  • Dr. Daniel Lee, CI surgeon from Mass Eye and Ear,
  • Eva Bero, Audiologist, Dir. of Audiology at Lahey Medical ,
  • A panel of CI users to answer your questions.
Bring your questions and a cup of tea (or whatever you desire).  Captions will be provided on the Zoom site.
For more information and to the request the link to the Zoom meeting
please mail
See you soon.
Sue, Liz, Carol and Barbara
HLAA Boston Chapter Board

Boston Organizations Subsidize Clear Masks for Boston Residents

Boston Lyric Opera and Costume Works Inc. have formed a partnership to manufacture and make available clear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For those who are Boston residents and part of the deaf and hard of hearing community, these masks are available  at a subsidized rate of $13 thanks to support from the Boston Resiliency Fund. This includes all people who interact regularly with members of the deaf and hard of hearing community as well.
Find more information and get your mask here:
And don’t forget to advocate for yourself!  Ask for clear masks – especially at medical appointments.

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.

October 16, 2020-Jonathan O’Dell: Why You’re Losing It and Why What You Don’t Know May Hurt You.

This is a virtual meeting presented by Jonathan O’Dell about our hearing: Why You’re Losing It and Why What You Don’t Know May Hurt You.

Friday, October 16, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, ET

Are you struggling with hearing loss, or is a family or friend struggling with hearing loss? Jonathan O’Dell, assistive technology manager and training specialist at Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, discusses cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, movie theater access, Bluetooth streaming, amplified and captioned phones, applicable laws for communication, and making your home accessible.
Brought to the Cary Library in partnership with the Lexington Senior Services. Closed Captioning will be provided by CART.
Please register for this meeting and you will receive the program link in the confirmation and reminder notices – please check your spam folder for the emails and scroll to the bottom for the link. This program will be recorded with permission and we will upload it to our YouTube channel.
Below is the registration link.
When you register, a link to join the meeting will be sent to you.
Contact us at with any questions.
Sponsored by the Cary Library Foundation.

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Webinar-Age Related Hearing Loss Mon., Oct. 26 2020, 5:00 pm ET

Join Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) for a free, captioned webinar, Age Related-Hearing Loss: Problems and Solutions, on Monday, October 26, 2020, 5:00 pm.

Presented by Samira Anderson, Au.D., Ph.D., this is the first event in our new Hearing Health Hour webinar series.

Untreated age-related hearing loss leads to many changes throughout the brain and can affect speech understanding and cognitive ability. The presentation will review how hearing loss changes the way our brains respond to speech and how it may affect cognitive functions, such as working memory. The extent to which hearing aid amplification can reverse these changes will also be discussed. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A with Anderson at the end of the session.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can submit a question in advance to no later than Friday, October 23.

2014 Emerging Research Grants (ERG) scientist Samira Anderson, Au.D., Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at University of Maryland. With a background in clinical audiology, she studies the neural processing of speech across the lifespan, with a particular interest in the ways processing impairments affect language acquisition in infants and speech perception in older adults.