HLAA-WA E-News January 24, 2023

Welcome to our e-news!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Legislative Update: Making Progress on Hearing Aid Insurance Coverage in Washington State

House Bill 1222: An Encouraging Public Hearing

After last week’s moving public hearing in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, the Committee will review House Bill 1222 in executive session–and perhaps vote the bill out of committee–on Friday, January 27, 2023. If they do so, the bill will then be read in a full session of the House. 

Senate Bill 5338: A Companion Bill Introduced in the Senate

Senate Bill 5338 would review the addition of hearing aids as a Washington State Essential Health Benefit. This bill was received a committee hearing on Friday, January 20, 2023, and was considered in an executive session by the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee today, January 24, 2023. If passed through this committee, the bill will be read to the full senate. 

What can you do next?

Need some inspiration? Watch this KING-5 News report about the kids who testified in support of the House bill, and watch all the testimony from the January 18 hearing here (start at the 45-minute mark).


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Next HOPE Meeting: February 1, 2023
Special Guest: Author Elana Kupor

Living with hearing loss can feel like climbing an endless series of sometimes thorny stairs over and over again.

In an article published in The Sun magazine in October 2022, Elana Kupor writes eloquently about her hearing loss, which began when she was a child, and about climbing the famous Thistle Steps in West Seattle. Elana’s writing reminded us how important it is to tell our stories. 

Elana will join our February 2023 HOPE meeting, when she’ll share her personal and evocative journey through hearing loss. We encourage you to read Elana’s article, then join us at the meeting and welcome Elana to our community. 

Our Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) meetings are a safe, welcoming space where you can ask questions from your peers about anything and everything hearing loss related.

Facilitated by a caring, compassionate HOPE Crew, these monthly virtual meetings are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone with hearing loss and their friends and family. You’re also welcome to relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.


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Deaf Spotlight
Short Play Festival, March 2-5, 2023

Join Deaf Spotlight in person or virtually for their Short Play Festival at the 12th Ave Arts Studio in Seattle and online.

Six 10-minute stories centered around one flower show will be performed, including “Fifty Flowers” and “Plant a Kiss.”


Hearing-Friendly History Events Coming Up at MOHAI

At Seattle’s terrific Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), don’t miss these hearing-friendly, in-person events.

Upcoming programs with both CART captioning and ASL interpretation:  

History Café: Paying Tribute to Seattle’s Black Landmarks and Their Namesakes on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6:30pm

History Café: Creating a Hopeful Future for The Puget Sound on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 6:30pm

CART captioning will also be available at the following programs:

Find more hearing-friendly things to do on our Events page. Remember to check back regularly, as we update the page monthly.

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National Hearing Loss News

Improving Your Workplace Performance:
Webinar from the HLAA Employment Task Force


Want tips and tricks on how to navigate a fast-paced work environment when you have a hearing loss? Join this 60-minute HLAA webinar on Feb. 7, 2023, when Dr. Chad Ruffin will share both science-based and personal recommendations. 

Register here.

HLAA employment webinar: accessible inclusive employment task force webinar for improving your workplace performance. Presenter is Dr Chad Ruffin. Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6 pm Eastern Time, 5 pm Central Time, 4 pm Mountain time, 3 pm Pacific time. Photo of a man in a suit smiling, superimposed over a black and white shot from above of people sitting at a conference table.

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Barbara Kelley Reports from the Consumer Electronics Show: Enhanced Listening Is on the Way

Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, was panelist an accessibility roundtable at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.  The panel, “The New World of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids,” also featured researcher Frank Lin.

At the show, Barbara saw lots of new tech to help us all hear and understand better, including caption badges called “Badger,” caption glasses, and apps like Alango to customize listening in headphones and hearables. 

Read Barbara’s hopeful blog post about the future of hearing tech here.


Call to Action: Updated Accessibility Requirements for New Technology

Technology is changing fast–but accessibility isn’t necessarily keeping up. We need new standards and requirements to make sure that emerging tech includes everyone.

The Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility (CVTA) would help people with disabilities by requiring closed captioning for online videos and built-in accessibility features for video conference programs. The CVTA would also empower the FCC to make sure accessibility rules keep pace with emerging tech, like artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

We encourage you to write your Congressperson and let them know you support the CVTA.

Thank you to Jim House and the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) for their work on this and for keeping us in-the-know.

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Forbes Magazine Selects the Best Hearing Aids for Severe Hearing Loss in 2023

Which hearing aids might help you if you have a severe hearing loss? Forbes magazine lists its top picks for 2023, which include some models with telecoils, like some Signia Motion Charge&Go SP X and Starkey Evolv AI models.

We recommend hearing aids with telecoils so that you can easily connect to hearing loops and assistive listening systems around the world.


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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 January 10, 2023

Welcome to our first e-news in 2023. Happy New Year!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Next HOPE Meeting: February 1, 2023
Special Guest: Author Elana Kupor

Living with hearing loss can feel like climbing an endless series of sometimes thorny stairs over and over again.

In an article published in The Sun magazine in October 2022, Elana Kupor writes eloquently about her hearing loss, which began when she was a child, and about climbing the famous Thistle Steps in West Seattle. Elana’s writing reminded us how important it is to tell our stories. 

Elana will join our February 2023 HOPE meeting, when she’ll share her personal and evocative journey through hearing loss. We encourage you to read Elana’s article, then join us at the meeting and welcome Elana to our community. 

Our Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) meetings are a safe, welcoming space where you can ask questions from your peers about anything and everything hearing loss related.

Facilitated by a caring, compassionate HOPE Crew, these monthly virtual meetings are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone with hearing loss and their friends and family. You’re also welcome to relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.


Legislative Talk Kicks Off Our Empowerment Series

Learn about the latest efforts to get hearing aid insurance coverage in the 2023 Washington State legislature at the first presentation in our HLAA-WA Empowerment Series.

On January 24, 2023, at 4:00 pm, HLAA-WA legislative liaison Cynthia Stewart will discuss the new hearing aid coverage bill, explain what’s in it and what’s not, and provide specific actions you can take to help get the bill passed.

Our Empowerment Series is designed to share concrete ways people with hearing loss can help themselves and others.

This series is free, online, captioned, and open to everyone.


What’s Your Hearing Test All About?

What’s in your audiogram, and what’s a QuickSIN, anyway?

Carolyn Odio, HLAA-WA board member, offers some advice on understanding your hearing test this week in our Washington State Hearing Loss blog.


Let First Responders Know You Have a Hearing Loss via Your Driver’s License

Did you know you can add a “Deaf or hard of hearing” designation to your Washington State driver’s license or ID card?

Visit the Department of Licensing for more information on this easy process, which can be done by mail or in person.

Hat-tip to Elizabeth Jensen for this story.

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Hearing-Friendly History Events Coming Up at MOHAI

At Seattle’s terrific Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), don’t miss these hearing-friendly, in-person events.

Upcoming programs with both CART captioning and ASL interpretation:  

CART captioning will also be available at the following programs:

National Hearing Loss News

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Hearing Care is Brain Care

Is hearing loss related to a risk of stroke?

In this episode of Starkey’s Sound Bites podcast, author Tracy Markley talks with Dr. Dave Fabry about possible connections between strokes and hearing loss, along with other topics, such as her new book, I’m Not Stupid, I Have Hearing Loss.


How’s the OTC Market Coming Along?

Have you shopped for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids yet?

HearingTracker compiled this list of OTCs “registered with the FDA as self-fitting or preset-based.” The author, Dr. Abram Bailey, also explains the different classifications. And Forbes magazine lists its best OTC and prescription hearing aids here.

So far, the only over-the-counter hearing aid with a telecoil is the Lexi Lumen. Currently, you’ll need a telecoil to connect wirelessly to hearing loops in venues around the world.

Have you been shopping for an OTC hearing aid yet? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience. Email us: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.

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Hearing Loss May Be Partly an Inability to Tune Out Competing Noise

Age-related hearing loss may be partly in the brain–that is, it may be easier when we’re younger to tune out ambient noise, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins. Researchers say that in light of these findings, perhaps the brain can be trained to focus on individual sounds in noise.


Best Hearing Aids for Tinnitus, per Forbes Magazine

Hearing aids can sometimes help reduce tinnitus, that annoying ringing, buzzing, or other noise in the ears. Here, Forbes suggests several that might help your tinnitus, including the ReSound OMINA, Starkey Evolv AI, and Widex Moment. Our usual reminder about telecoils still applies–ask about a telecoil if you want to connect to hearing loops.

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A Speaker to Help You Understand Dialogue on TV

Turning up the TV volume doesn’t necessarily help you understand speech better–plus, the sounds you don’t want to hear, like music or explosions, can get too loud, making your comprehension problem worse.

The new Mirai speaker claims to help you better understand speech on television. Dr. Rachel Cook reviews the Mirai in this video from Dr. Cliff Olson, comparing and contrasting the speaker’s audio with regular TV audio. Could the Mirai make a difference in how you enjoy TV, with or without a hearing loss? (Hint: Yes!)


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 December 20, 2022

Welcome to our e-news!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Hearing Aid Bill Coming to Washington State for 2023

Rep. Tina Orwall will introduce a bill to the 2023 Washington State Legislature that will require group private insurance plans to cover hearing aids.

Read more from Cynthia Stewart this week in our Washington State Hearing Loss Blog.


Giving Back to Others with Hearing Loss with an End-of-Year Gift

If you’ve been touched by the work and service of HLAA-WA, please make a tax-deductible gift. Need inspiration? Read our “Oh, What a Year!” blog post capturing our shared 2022 success and offering a peek at 2023.


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Hearing-Friendly Holiday Fun

There’s still time to catch some holiday entertainment before the year slips away. Here are some hearing-friendly options in the Seattle area.


Watch Our Annual Meeting Video

If you didn’t attend our annual meeting in November, or you want to go back and catch something you missed, you can watch our November 2022 Annual Meeting on our YouTube channel. And while you’re there, subscribe to our channel and help us grow.

Thank you to HLAA-Diablo Valley’s Alan Katsura for his hours of patience and technical know-how in getting this captioned version uploaded correctly.


Why Hearing Loops on Google Maps Are a Big Deal

By checking Google Maps, we can now find out before we go if a venue has an assistive hearing loop. That’s a big deal! In this national HLAA blog post, HLAA-WA President Cheri Perazzoli explains why and shares what you can do to spread the word.


What’s Your Hearing Test All About?

What’s in your audiogram, and what’s a QuickSIN, anyway?

Carolyn Odio, HLAA-WA board member, offers some advice on your hearing test this week in our Washington State Hearing Loss blog.

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Next HOPE Meeting: January 4, 2023

How did the holidays go for you? Were you able to enjoy your time with friends and family, navigate your hearing loss and public events, and be able to hear the things you needed to hear? At our January 2023 HOPE meeting, we’ll talk about our experiences during the holidays, share our victories and issues, and problem-solve and encourage one another.

Our Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) meetings are a safe, welcoming space where you can ask questions from your peers about anything and everything hearing loss related.

Facilitated by a caring, compassionate HOPE Crew, these monthly virtual meetings are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone with hearing loss and their friends and family. You’re also welcome to relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.


National Hearing Loss News

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New Study: Treating Hearing Loss Can Reduce Dementia Risk

Treating hearing loss can help prevent dementia, and now there’s more scientific evidence for that.

In this JAMA Neurology study, scientists found a 19% decrease in “hazards of long-term decline such as incident dementia” thanks to the use of “hearing restorative devices.” Which means it’s a good idea to treat your hearing loss early.


Keynote Announced for HLAA Convention

We’re excited about next year’s convention keynote speaker: Dr. K. Renee Horton, a NASA engineer, leader, and physicist who happens to have a hearing loss.

You can now register for the convention, which runs June 29 – July 1, 2023.


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Are You Identity-First or Person-First?

How we talk about hearing loss and other disabilities can affect how we feel and think.

Some people with disabilities prefer person-first, such as “I’m a person with a disability.” Others prefer to identify with a community by saying “I’m disabled.”

In this Psychology Today article, hearing loss advocate Shari Eberts explains how she manages this distinction when she refers to herself, and why it matters.

What do you think? If you have a hearing loss, how do you describe yourself, and why? Share with us in comments below.


Navigating Restaurants When You Have a Hearing Loss: Is It Possible?

The terrific Chelle Wyatt and Julia Stepp of Hearing Loss Live take you on a restaurant tour and show you—with humor and wisdom—how to enjoy a meal in a restaurant when you need help hearing.

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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 December 6, 2022

Welcome to our e-news!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

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Hearing-Friendly Holiday Shows Coming Up

Grab your friends and family and catch a hearing-friendly holiday show, including Mr. Dickens & His Christmas Carol at the Seattle Rep, holiday performances by the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Gay Men’s Chorus, and more at Benaroya Hall, and The Wiz at the Fifth Avenue Theater. Visit our Events webpage for more details.

Tip: A hearing-friendly performance is a terrific holiday gift idea for someone with hearing loss, or for the whole family.


Learn Communication Tips and Travel Skills with HLAA-Whatcom County’s Videos

If you missed the last two HLAA-Whatcom County meetings, you can watch Dean Olson’s travel skills presentation here, and you can watch Nichole Grimes’ presentation on communication strategies here.


Giving Tuesday Thanks

Thank you for your generosity on Giving Tuesday. You’re helping us end the loneliness of hearing loss. Because of YOU, we can keep bringing people the connections, friendship, and confidence they need to thrive. Stay tuned about how you can help us with our 2023 plans, which include more outreach, new advocacy initiatives, a survey, and much more.

If you missed the opportunity to donate, you can still do so here.


Help for Hearing Access in Healthcare

Communication in healthcare settings when you have a hearing loss can be a huge challenge.

But clear masks can help you speech-read and better understand your healthcare providers. On our blog this month, we share this post with a sample access request letter, courtesy of attorney and hearing loss advocate John Waldo.

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Financial Help for Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be expensive—but take heart. Help is available if you know where to look.

On our new website, check out our Financial Help for Hearing Aids page, which includes links to hearing aid loans, lower-cost refurbished hearing aids, resources for veterans and children, and more.


Next HOPE Meeting: December 7, 2022

What can you do if your cochlear implant processor suddenly stops working? Are there places to get affordable equipment like captioned telephones or iPads? These are some of the questions that were asked and answered at a recent HOPE meeting.

Our Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) meetings are a safe, welcoming space where you can ask questions from your peers about anything and everything hearing loss related.

Facilitated by a caring, compassionate HOPE Crew, these monthly virtual meetings are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone with hearing loss and their friends and family. You’re also welcome to relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.


National Hearing Loss News

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Holiday Survival Guide for People with Hearing Loss

In the chaos of holiday gatherings, it’s hard to connect deeply and create memories with your loved ones when you’re struggling to hear. Here’s some help from HLAA.

We’d also recommend asking your hard-of-hearing guests where they’d like to sit and what would help them hear better. Sometimes, sitting in the middle of the table means more competing conversations, so sitting at the end might be preferable. And sitting with your back against the wall might mean facing a noisy, open kitchen. When in doubt, ask!


Registration Is Open for the 2023 HLAA Convention in New Orleans

We’re thinking about eating a beignet and sipping coffee in the New Orleans summer sun—and of course, connecting with you all in a fully hearing-accessible, fully fun-and-friendly environment at the 2023 HLAA convention.

You can now register for the convention, which runs June 29 – July 1, 2023. You can also nominate a person or an organization for an award, or submit a workshop proposal.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities: The Work Continues

December 3, 2022, was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, but the work on behalf of inclusion, respect, and dignity continues year-round, both here and all over the world.

AgeWise King County shares their efforts here, including their training and their guides for planning accessible events. From the Vatican, the Pope spoke of meeting people’s needs for belonging, and of moving beyond “slogans” to truly support people with disabilities.


Another Call to Keep Telecoil and Loop Technologies in Our Communities

The eloquent Shari Eberts joins the International Federation for Hard of Hearing People, HLAA-WA (us!), and many others in the call to keep telecoils and loops in place for the foreseeable future.

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Hearing Aids and PSAPs: What’s the Difference?

A Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) isn’t a hearing aid. But both hearing aids and PSAPs are now sold over the counter, so how do you know what you need?

This article, reviewed for scientific accuracy by Dr. Chad Ruffin, in Forbes magazine clarifies the differences in PSAPs and hearing aids. You can also read our What Are Hearables? and But I’m Not Ready for Hearing Aids webpages for help navigating the maze of these and other new technologies.


One Billion Young People Risk Future Hearing Loss

It sounds like a looming public health disaster: over one billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to their listening practices. Clubs, concerts, headphones, and earbuds often play at volumes that exceed safe decibel levels.

Other than turning the music down, what can we do to preserve our hearing? Use ear protection and stand farther from amplifiers and loud speakers—and, well, turn the volume down.

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Gift Ideas for People with Hearing Loss

The wonderful Chelle Wyatt has some terrific gift ideas for people with hearing loss on her blog.

We also suggest a home loop for the TV, or wireless TV headphones.


Happy Holidays!

However you celebrate this special time of year, we at HLAA-WA wish you peace, joy, and love.


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, November 16, 2022

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Building Community at Our Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting this past Saturday, our members inspired one another—and us!—as we had deep, thoughtful conversations about our hearing loss experiences. We shared our concerns about healthcare access, and ODHH explained ways that folks can find tech assistance. You all suggested some terrific ideas on how we can help one another solve hearing loss challenges, such as making role-play self-advocacy videos, helping folks get early treatment, and addressing the mental health effects of hearing loss.  And we shared our new website and garnered input on the types of information you’d find most helpful.

Once again, we’re struck by how important and valuable it is to connect with one another. We’re proud to represent the hearing loss community in Washington State.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday via Zoom. And special thanks to our guest speakers Earnest Covington III and Maggie Campbell from ODHH, and to the many people who helped make the meeting happen, especially Ann Thomas, Alan Katsura, Carolyn Odio, and Heather Patrick.

Stay tuned for a link to watch the meeting on our YouTube channel, and watch your email for an expanded survey similar to the polls at our meeting.


During the Holidays, Will You Include HLAA-WA in Your Giving?

As we approach the season of giving and thankfulness, we want to thank you, our readers and members, for being part of our community. 

We rely on you to support our work, since we receive no funds from HLAA membership dues. Your kind gifts help us connect with the hard-of-hearing community, raise the voices of people with hearing loss in the public sphere, and walk hand-in-hand with people on their hearing loss journey.

As we are nearing the end of the calendar, if you are considering philanthropy, will you include HLAA-WA in your annual giving?


Help with Hearing Loops on Google Maps

You’ve probably heard that you can now find out on Google Maps whether a venue has a hearing loop or not–before you leave home. On our blog this week, we share the scoop, including some tools on how to find loops and help others find them, too.

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Next HOPE Meeting
December 7, 2022

What can you do if your cochlear implant processor suddenly stops working? Are there places to get affordable equipment like captioned telephones or iPads? These are some of the questions that were asked and answered at a recent HOPE meeting.

Our Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) meetings are a safe, welcoming space where you can ask questions from your peers about anything and everything hearing loss related.

Facilitated by a caring, compassionate HOPE Crew, these monthly virtual meetings are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone with hearing loss and their friends and family. You’re also welcome to relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.


National Hearing Loss News

Audiograms, Hearing Loss, and More in The Washington Post

Find out what an audiogram shows, how to read your audiogram, and what hearing loss sounds like at different frequencies in this outstanding Washington Post article.

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Dr. David Myers, Loop America Founder, Writes a New Book

Dr. David Myers is a pioneering advocate for loops and for people with hearing loss. He’s also a psychology professor and textbook author.

Dr. Myers has written a fascinating new book, How Do We Know Ourselves?: Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind. He’s also written a compassionate, helpful book about hearing loss, A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss.


What About Audio Processing Disorder?

Audio Processing Disorders don’t receive as much attention as other hearing loss issues. But APDs can lead to loneliness, problems hearing, and other communication challenges. Read more in this HearingLikeMe article.


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Listening Fatigue Is Real. Dr. Cliff Olson Has Advice.

Struggling to understand speech when you’re hard-of-hearing can be exhausting. The inimitable Dr. Cliff Olson shares some tips on hearing through hearing aids in a recent video.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Holidays are wonderful, but they can be stressful, too. When you’re navigating family gatherings while trying to hear well, we encourage you to practice good self-care. Relax when you need to, ask others for help, and use the technologies you need.

Please feel free to share our communication tips with your family and friends. Plus, Shari Eberts has excellent advice on how to tackle Thanksgiving dinner when you have a hearing loss, and Oticon offers these Thanksgiving tips. Hint: It matters where you sit!

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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.