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 at Mass General Hospital.  She teaches various forms of relaxation and stress reduction in educational, clinical and community settings.

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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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Quiet Restaurant Project Debuts

The first Quiet Restaurants event was terrific!  Rabia’s in the North End is, indeed, a quiet restaurant before 7:30 PM or so, and then it becomes quite lively.  The food is amazingly good, and Boston chapter members and friends had a chance to meet and talk about ideas for new chapter social events, the Walk4Hearing, hearing loss forums – and the Red Sox.  Stay tuned for the next date at one of Boston’s “Quiet Restaurants,” and send us your suggestions for quiet restaurants.  (email HLAABoston@gmail.com, subject line “Quiet Restaurants.”)

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When A Hearing Aid Is Not Enough

The renowned and beloved rehabilitation audiologist, Mark Ross, wrote, “When A Hearing Aid Is Not Enough” in 1999, but its message remains as relevant today as when it was first published. In order to live well with hearing loss, people benefit from a comprehensive approach to hearing loss treatment that enables them to learn how to  actively manage communication. (“Self Help for Hard of Hearing People”, referenced in the paper, is now Hearing Loss Association of America.)  

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