“Experience HLAA” Virtual Convention, June 18-19, 2020

From Hearingloss.org: While HLAA2020 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is demanding more online content. In response to that, we are offering an online experience open to everyone, free of charge, with aspects of an HLAA Convention and a look to HLAA2021 in San Diego. HLAA is excited about the opportunity to present highlights from HLAA2020 Convention in a new online format. While we will miss the networking, personal connections, and sense of support we gain from attending an HLAA Convention, by joining us on your devices remotely on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, we …

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The Future of Hearing Loss and the Search for a Cure

Sue Schy writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: Today’s presentation on “The Future of Hearing Loss and the Search for a Cure” was a real eye-opener for me.  As much as I’ve heard about hearing research and gene therapy, I never really knew exactly what it involved or who might benefit from it.  Well, I was enlightened and this cutting edge research sounds like it is on the horizon for countless future generations to benefit from. Thank you to Akouos and Frequency Therapeutics! The real purpose of this email, however, is to give you a few websites and links that were mentioned in …

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Upcoming Events

Sue Schy writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: The group from central MA collated all the meetings for the rest of the year culminating with the virtual convention. Don’t forget to mark your calendars. Saturday June 6: HLAA National Virtual Meeting 2-3:30 pm Topic: Advocacy & Impact: Effective Communication in Health Care Settings https://www.hearingloss.org/event/hlaa-national-virtual-meeting-6-6-20/?instance_id=902 Saturday June 13: HLAA Boston Chapter Virtual Meeting 2-4 pm Topic: Boston Biotech Hearing Research Akouos and Frequency Therapeutics Featured in a February Boston Globe article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/02/metro/boston-area-startups-making-slow-progress-fight-against-hearing-loss/ Here is the link to the meeting: meet.google.com/rry-irfy-mae Join by phone +1 347-450-7972 PIN:  580 085 851# Thursday June 18 and Friday …

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Zoom: Provide Free Captions for People with Hearing Loss on Video Conferencing Platforms

Shari Eberts, a hearing loss advocate in the front lines, has been working hard to get video conferencing platforms to provide free captioning for people with nearing loss. Google and Microsoft have done so. Please sign this petition to get Zoom to provide captions for free as well. Our goal is to reach 50,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition at: http://chng.it/BxBmLGZbSt.

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HLAA Boston Chapter Mini-Letter

Betty Hauck writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: Thanks to Sue Schy’s efforts, with help from Andrea Kaneb who is an N-CHATT volunteer, we had our second virtual meeting [May 16] and our first with captions, using Google Meet. It was great to see 20 participants including a few from other MA chapters, who were present to hear Kevin Franck, the head of audiology at Mass Eye and Ear, speak about hearing loss in the age of Covid-19. He spoke about services that are available at MEEI and much useful information that is accessible from the MEEI website https://www.masseyeandear.org/. If you go to …

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Hearing In a World With COVID-19

Sue Schy writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: Please join Dr. Kevin Franck and the Boston Chapter of HLAA as he talks about hearing in a world with COVID and some of its implications.  Please watch https://vimeo.com/408989211 first. Google Meet allows captioning. You will be able to caption this presentation from your own computer. Please click on the link below and allow access to your screen and microphone.   Andrea Kaneb has put together a tutorial to do this.   Join this presentation tomorrow by clicking on meet.google.com/kcp-osei-bpy at 2 pm.

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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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HLAA Boston Chapter Newsletter: Virtual Meetings

Betty Hauck writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: We are happy to welcome Kevin Franck, head of Mass Eye and Ear audiology department who will be speaking about Hearing in the Time of Covid-19 and answering questions. For this virtual meeting the platform will be  Google Meet (formerly Hangouts). The big advantage of Google Meet over Zoom is that it has very good captions. Anyone who would like help in getting set up to participate, please email Andrea Kaneb. Andrea is a volunteer and graduate of the HLAA N-CHATT training program, and she is happy to assist you. First Boston Chapter Virtual Meeting After a hiatus in chapter meetings because …

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HLAA Boston Chapter Zoom Meeting Saturday, April 18, 2020

Betty Hauck writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: We hope you are all well and managing these current extraordinary circumstances as well as possible. This is to remind you that there will be a virtual online HLAA Boston chapter meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2-4 pm. If you have no experience with Zoom and need help getting set up, please contact Sue Schy who will be hosting the meeting. This will be an experiment as we’re all more or less new to this. Here is a link to join the meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/794059716 Meeting ID: (suppressed) Password: (suppressed) This is also a reminder that there …

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Ways to Navigate a Hospital During COVID-19 With a Hearing Loss

Thanks to Terri Charles for alerting us to the following article that was published in The Hearing Journal on April 10.  I know that some of you were able to watch the webinar. By Alexis Guerra As hospitals accommodate the increasing number of patients with COVID-19, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are faced with critical challenges in properly communicating with doctors and nurses amid protective masks and physical distancing guidelines. To address this and other related concerns, Chad Ruffin, MD, and Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, organized a webinar on April 6. One of the challenges Ruffin spoke about is the …

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