HLAA-WA E-News, September 27, 2022

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Emergency Preparedness:
What You Can Do

The late summer wildfires in Washington State may have you thinking about preparing for an emergency. Find out how to protect yourself and your family in our blog post from Jim House, which includes links to help you prepare when you have a hearing loss.


Finding Community Again at Our Annual Picnic

We were so happy to gather with many of you at our annual picnic. Our HLAA-WA President Cheri Perazzoli shares her insights and photos from the event on our blog. Enjoy, and plan to join us next year!


Learn about New Hearing Aid Options from the Whatcom County Chapter

Starkey, ReSound, and Oticon all have new hearing aid models and features. Learn more how to select and use them at this recording of the Whatcom County chapter September meeting. You can also watch other Whatcom County Chapter meetings here.


Next HOPE Meeting
Special Guest: Maria T. Kelley, WATAP
October 5, 2022

Bring your technology questions, concerns, and curiosity and chat with our special guest Maria T. Kelley from the UW’s WATAP program. This program offers resources, services, and technologies to people with disabilities including people with hearing loss. You can read more about the program in our blog post. 

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find hope. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

Please share this information with someone who would benefit from a little hope.

National Hearing Loss News

During Falls Prevention Month, Remember that Hearing Loss Increases Your Risk

A fall can cause serious injuries, and hearing loss increases the risk of falling. Audiologist Michele DiStefano explains why.

Washington State offers online fall prevention resources that can help you stay upright. And of course, get your hearing tested regularly to make sure you have the best hearing care for your needs.


Captions Benefit Everyone, Reduce Stigma

With more people of all ages turning on captions whether they have a hearing loss or not, the stigma of asking for help hearing is fading, says HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley in this Wall Street Journal article (a subscription may be required).


Apple Announces Live Captions in iOS 16

Live captions will be available in beta form in Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 16, available beginning September 12, 2022. Captions should be available with any audio content, including FaceTime calls, videoconference or social media apps, streaming media content, or with a conversation with someone next to you.

According to this guide from Tina Childress, your smartphone is compatible if you have an iPhone 8 or later or an iPhone XS/XR with the A12 chip. If you have an iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, or an iPad Pro, check Tina’s guide to see if your device is compatible and if you have the required chip. 

As always, let us know how the live captions work for you.


Consumers Urged to Look for Telecoils in OTC Hearing Aids

When you shop for over-the-counter hearing aids, you’ll want to pay attention to several features, including the return policy, Bluetooth capability, and whether there’s a telecoil. A telecoil will connect you to hearing loop assistive listening systems all around the world.

Read more in this news report from WPVI-TV Philadelphia.


Join HLAA and HLAA-WA

Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.


HLAA-WA E-News, September 13, 2022

Washington State Hearing Loss News

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Our Annual Hearing Loss Community Picnic Is September 17, 2022

You and your friends and family are invited to our annual picnic at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, with lunch at noon.

We’ll provide hot dogs, condiments, coleslaw, baked beans, water, coffee, cutlery, plates, and napkins. Window masks and hand sanitizers will be available. If you’d feel more comfortable, we don’t mind if you bring your own food or utensils. If you’d like to bring something to share, please bring dessesrt if your last name begins with A-L, or a salad if you’re in the M-Z group.

A hearing loop will be provided at the picnic shelter, and other technologies will be available for you to try. Getting there: From South 405, take Exit 10 to Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, just after the I-90 interchange. After four miles, turn right onto SE 84th Way (stoplight). From North 405, take Exit 5, turn right onto Highway 900 (NE Park Drive, which becomes Sunset Boulevard.) Go about 3 miles, then turn left onto Duvall Ave NE, which becomes Coal Creek Parkway SE. A mile later, turn left onto SE 84th Way (stoplight). The park entrance is on the right shortly after turning onto SE 84th Way. Follow it into the park and then park near the gray restroom building, which is the only buildng and parking lot in the park. We’ll be behind that building. Hope to see you there!


Get Involved with HLAA-WA

Our growing organization needs your help.

We’re looking for people to serve as board officers, board members, and volunteers. If you’re interested in serving your community locally, we’d welcome your leadership, technical, communication, fundraising, or other skills. Having a hearing loss is not required, but hearing loss will be accommodated to ensure everyone can participate fully. 

Visit our webpage for more information, or contact Carolyn Odio directly, codio@hearingloss-wa.org. 


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Marlee Matlin
September 16, 2022
The Moore Theatre, Seattle

Do you love Marlee Matlin as much as we do? This Oscar-winning actress (Children of a Lesser God, CODA) is coming to Seattle, and we can’t wait. Marlee is an inspiring speaker and advocate for diversity and inclusion, and she’ll share her journey as an activist and as a Hollywood star. Prices start at just $29.50. The event will be open-captioned. 

Read more about Marlee, and get your tickets directly here


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Meet ODHH Director Earnest Covington III in Your Neighborhood

Throughout September, the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is hosting community meetings across the Washington State with Director Earnest Covington III. Meetings are in Bellingham, Vancouver, and Spokane. These meetings will be hearing accessible via hearing loops, captions, and ASL. Find out more here.


Whatcom County Chapter Spotlighted in National Hearing Life Magazine

Here in Washington State we’ve known that HLAA-Whatcom County chapter is a rock star chapter. Now the rest of the country knows it, too. Read their spotlight in the latest issue of Hearing Life magazine.


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Hearing-Friendly Events Coming Up at MOHAI

Learn about Pacific Northwest history while having fun at these hearing-friendly events courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry.

Realtime captioning will be provided at these events:

History Café: Sidewalk Stories with Seattle Walk Report on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:30pm

Behind the Seams: World’s Fair Fashion on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

ASL interpretation along with captions will be available at the following program:

Curators Fellowship Workshop on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:00pm


Next HOPE Meeting
October 5, 2022

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find hope. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

Please share this information with someone who would benefit from a little hope.

National Hearing Loss News

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Hearing Aids That “Hear” Through Masks?

Using radio frequency sensing and artificial intelligence, a Glasgow University-led team is working on a system that could “read” lips, even through a mask. Read more in The Engineer.


Online and In-Person Conference Hosted by HLAA-New York State

Recharge, reconnect, and reimagine your life with hearing loss at HLAA-New York State’s hybrid conference September 16⁠–⁠18, 2022. Justin Osmond is the keynote.


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Meniere’s Online Support Group

Ménière’s disease can cause hearing loss, pain, dizziness, and other troubling symptoms. But there’s help.

Robert Hall and Laura Cohen of the HLAA-California Peninsula Chapter lead an online support group for people with Meniere’s. The leaders, who also have Meniere’s, focus on managing symptoms and finding ways to not let this disorder take over your life.

For more information, including how to join the Zoom support meetings, email info@hearinglosspen.org.


Join HLAA and HLAA-WA

Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.


HLAA-WA E-News, August 30, 2022

Welcome to our e-news!

We’ll be celebrating Labor Day, September 6, but our e-news will be back September 13, 2022. We’ll have more news about our annual picnic and more tips for living well with hearing loss.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Our Annual Hearing Loss Community Picnic Is September 17, 2022

You and your friends and family are invited to our annual picnic at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, with lunch at noon.

We’ll provide hot dogs, condiments, water, coffee, cutlery, plates, and napkins. Window masks and hand sanitizers will be available. If you’d feel more comfortable, we don’t mind if you bring your own food or utensils. If you’d like to bring something to share, please bring dessesrt if your last name begins with A-L, or a salad if you’re in the M-Z group.

A hearing loop will be provided at the picnic shelter, and other technologies will be available for you to try.


Get Involved: Volunteer with HLAA-WA

Do you have a drive to help your neighbors? Care deeply about people with hearing loss?

Bring your skills, talents, energy, and heart to our growing organization. Check out our volunteer opportunities and contact us to find out more information: info@hearingloss-wa.org.


Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Are Coming, But Be Informed

The FDA finally issued rules for over-the-counter hearing aids. Available without a prescription, these are designed to be much less expensive than prescription hearing aids.

Our President Cheri Perazzoli shares her thoughts on the new OTC hearing aids and the continued need for consumers to educate themselves.


An Audiologist Weighs in on the New OTC Hearing Aids

Over-the-counter hearing aids may help some folks, but on our blog this week, local audiologist Dr. Nichole Kingham points out the ways an audiologist can still benefit people with hearing loss.


Next HOPE Meeting September 7, 2022

Is paying for ear molds normal? Do PocketTalkers work in crowds or in noisy spaces? We discussed these questions and several others in our last HOPE meeting.

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find hope. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

National Hearing Loss News

Bluetooth Holds Promise, But We Still Need Telecoils and Hearing Loops

You may have heard about emerging Bluetooth LE Audio systems that aim to provide hearing access in public spaces. While those systems promise much, hearing loops are still the best system for access today, says loop advocate and audiologist Juliette Sterkens in this Hearing Tracker article.


A Hearing Aid To Keep You Fit?

The Phonak Audeo Fit hearing aids track your heart rate, steps, distance, and activity levels. Read a review from Melanie Jayne Ashford in Hearing Like Me. Remember to make sure your Audeo Fit comes with an activated, programmed telecoil so you can connect to public hearing loops.


Travel Well with Your Hearing Loss

If you’re taking a summer trip before school starts in the fall, here are some tips for traveling safely and confidently with your hearing loss. This article is geared toward women with hearing loss, and this one offers you air travel tips (hint: look for hearing loops!)


Join HLAA and HLAA-WA

Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.


HLAA-WA E-News, August 9, 2022

Welcome to our e-news!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

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Our New Website Is Live!

We’re excited to share with you our new, dynamic website designed to serve people with hearing loss across Washington State.

Our accessible, reader-friendly website is designed to help people at every step of their hearing loss journey. You’ll find info on all aspects of hearing loss, details on our programs, help for family and friends, financial resources, information on hearing loss technologies, and much more.  We’ll continue to add fresh content, and of course, our blog and e-news are updated regularly. 

You’re encouraged to explore the site and let us know what you think about our content. What other information would be helpful to you? What do you need in order to thrive with your hearing loss? You can email webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org with your suggestions. And please feel free to share the website with anyone who would benefit from our community.


Everyday Advocacy: The Button that Changed Someone’s Day

This month, we launch our blog series on everyday advocacy–the small, easy things you can do to help people with hearing loss and other disabilities–with this post from Cheri Perazzoli about her experience wearing a “Face Me” button on an airplane.


Hearing Tech Equipment and Help Are Available at WATAP

Try out hearing-assistive equipment and tech, get more information and guidance, and even learn about financial help, all at a terrific program at the University of Washington: WATAP. Read more in our Q&A this week.


Save the Date for Our Annual Family Picnic September 17, 2022

Mark your calendars for our HLAA-WA annual family picnic on September 17, 2022, at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, not far from Bellevue. We’ll be at the picnic site on the lower level, close to the parking lot and restrooms. Everyone is welcome, including newcomers and friends and family. Stay tuned for more details.


Meet the New ODHH Director Earnest Covington III

In case you missed it in the last issue, we’re welcoming the new director of Washington State’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH). Watch this auto-captioned, ASL video and get to know him.


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How Well Do States Provide Accessible COVID-19 Briefings?

The National Association of the Deaf ranked U.S. states on how well they provided ASL interpreting for COVID-19 information briefings. Washington State fared well.

At HLAA-WA, we ensured that Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 press conferences were live-captioned on TVW Washington.

We encourage you to thank Governor Inslee for his compassionate, forward-thinking actions to include people who are Deaf or who have a hearing loss. You can reach him here.


Next HOPE Meeting September 7, 2022

Is paying for ear molds normal? Do PocketTalkers work in crowds or in noisy spaces? We discussed these questions and several others in our last HOPE meeting.

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find hope. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

National Hearing Loss News

Hearing Loops Are on Google Maps

You may have heard that businesses on Google Maps now have a place to indicate whether they have a hearing loop. This is a huge boon for hearing accesibility. Read more from Steve Frazier via the Hearing Health Foundation.


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One Woman’s Path from Sudden Hearing Loss to Acceptance

When she lost her hearing while giving birth, Edda Collins Coleman didn’t know what to do. Read how she found her way to acceptance of her sudden hearing loss in this Washington Post article.


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Thinking About a Cochlear Implant? Here’s the Lowdown.

Wondering if a cochlear implant would help you, or would you like to know more about how they work? Hearing Tracker has an excellent article written by Dr. Chad Ruffin.

You can also ask Dr. Ruffin questions directly at his “Ask Me Anything” webinar on August 18, 2022, 4:30 – 5:30 Pacific.


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You Have New Hearing Aids. Now What?

New hearing aids can take some getting used to. Pro tip: Try your new device in different environments and situations. In Washington State, you have 30 days from purchase to return your hearing aid, provided your hearing aids are in the original condition. Be sure to read the contract and negotiate any recission fees. Your hearing health care provider may give your additional time – be sure to ask.

The Cleveland Clinic offers more tips on adjusting volume, testing your aids in different situations, asking for help, and more.


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Why Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Aren’t Here Yet

Over-the-counter hearing aids are coming. But when? What’s taking so long? Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Grassley have thoughts on that. Thank you to Carolyn Odio for this news tip!


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Join HLAA and HLAA-WA

Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.


HLAA-WA E-News, July 26, 2022

Welcome to our e-news!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

How Has the ADA Helped People with Hearing Loss?

Let’s Loop Seattle Founder and HLAA-WA President Cheri Perazzoli reflects on her long advocacy journey after the ADA’s passage and shares what it’s like to try to loop the world. Read her story this week in our blog.


Meet the New ODHH Director Earnest Covington III

Say hello to the new director of Washington State’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) in this auto-captioned, ASL video.


Come See Us at the Bellevue Farmers Market

Stop by our table at the Bellevue Farmers Market on Senior Day, Thursday, August 4, 2-7 pm and pick up some brochures to share, ask questions, and find out how you can volunteer with us. Oh, and grab a fresh peach, an heirloom tomato, or some local wine, too.

If you’d like to help staff the table at this event, email us at info@hearingloss-wa.org.


Dr. Chad Ruffin Hosts a Virtual “Ask Me Anything”

Dr. Chad Ruffin, ENT doctor and ear surgeon, hosts a Zoom meeting to answer your questions about hearing loss and cochlear implants on August 18, 2022, 4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific time. Click here for more information.


Save the Date for Our Annual Family Picnic September 17, 2022

Mark your calendars for our HLAA-WA annual family picnic on September 17, 2022, at Lake Boren Park in Bellevue, Washington. Everyone is welcome, including newcomers and friends and family. Stay tuned for more details.


Next HOPE Meeting August 3, 2022

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find HOPE. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.


National Hearing Loss News

What’s Disability Pride Month All About?

For some, Disability Pride is about acceptance, not sympathy; for others, it’s about removing the stigma or confronting ableism. USA Today has this thoughtful article about what it means, and this Forbes article says disability pride is “proudly owning our identities and not pleading for acceptance, more leading the way, and feeling included within society.”

How do you think we should express disability pride?


Celebrate Disability Pride Month with Books by Authors with Disabilities

Reading books by people with disabilities is a terrific way to gain empathy and insight into others’ experiences. The New York Public Library suggests some books to try. You can also select one from our recent blog post about books by people with hearing loss.


Help Us Spread the Word about Hearing Loops via Google Maps

Hearing loops are now listed as an attribute for businesses on Google Maps! You can help us spread the word so that others know where they can find a loop and hear better. Download our tool, 5 Things You Can Do to Promote Hearing Loops on Google Maps today.


Happy 32nd Birthday to the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George HW Bush signed the Amerians with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.

Since then, the ADA has opened countless doors for pepole with hearing loss. Find out more about how the ADA can help you, and learn how HLAA has helped shape hearing access over the years.


Join HLAA and HLAA-WA


Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.