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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Auditory Training – What It Is and How It Facilitates Habits for More Effective Listening with Hearing Loss

Speaker Series Event:  Auditory Training – What It Is and How It Facilitates Habits for More Effective Listening with Hearing Loss with Geoff Plant Geoff Plant, President  of the non-profit Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF), is a long time provider of auditory training to children and adults with hearing loss, including those fitted with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and tactile aids.   From the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation website: “The past twenty years have seen many exciting technological innovations for people with acquired profound hearing losses. These have included greatly improved hearing aid designs, specialized assistive listening devices, the introduction and rapid …

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Build Your Resiliency to Stress: An Introduction to The Relaxation Response

Workshop Event: Build Your Resiliency to Stress: An Introduction to The Relaxation Response  with Laura Malloy, LICSW This program allowed participants to engage in a dialogue about stressors that are unique to living with hearing loss and learn about the Relaxation Response, the antidote to the stress response.  Participants also discussed and practiced simple, evidence-based strategies to help build resiliency and stress hardiness. Laura Malloy, LICSW is the Co-Director of the Education Initiative and Director of Yoga at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Boston Medicine at Mass General Hospital.  She teaches various forms of relaxation and stress reduction in …

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Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace–How to Make Your Organization More Accessible for People with Hearing Loss

Speaker Series Event: Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace – How to Make Your Organization More Accessible for People with Hearing Loss with Barbara Johnson Barbara Johnson is an active member of both ALDA Boston and HLAA Boston chapter.  Employed as the Project Manager in charge of Customer Support, Information Services & Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her presentation on workplace self-advocacy was highly acclaimed at the 2013 HLAA Convention in Portland. Barbara’s presentation helped participants understand the broad benefits of accessibility in the workplce for those with hearing loss.  Hearing loss at work does not have to be …

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Captioning in the Twenty-First Century: Digital TV, Online, and Mobile

Speaker Series Event:   Captioning in the 21st Century: Digital TV, Online, and Mobile with Larry Goldberg Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Larry Goldberg is founder and director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at Boston’s public media leader, WGBH. Mr. Goldberg reviewed the current laws and regulations governing TV and online media; how and where to access captioned media; and how to advocate for captioning in public places.  Refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation. NCAM is a research and development group which focuses on public policy, advancing access to media and technology for people …

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