HLAA-WA News, November 21, 2023

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Guest Speaker on Tinnitus at Our January HOPE Meeting

Mark your calendars for January 3, 2024, to join our HOPE crew and learn about tinnitus from Dr. Megan Nightingale.

You can register anytime at this Zoom link. Remember, all our HOPE meetings are free, captioned, and open to everyone.


Next HOPE Meeting: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

What assistive technology can help during a family Thanksgiving dinner? How long will it be before I hear better with my new cochlear implant?
These are two of the topics we discussed together in our last 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 and hearing tech.

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

Note: You can read summaries from past meetings on our blog.

National Hearing Loss News

HLAA Honors and Helps Veterans with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a very common disability among servicemembers of all ages. In fact, HLAA was founded by a veteran with hearing loss, Rocky Stone, in 1979. Today, HLAA carries Rocky’s work forward, building a community of support for these American heroes. Please share these resources with veterans you know who may need help.

  • HLAA’s Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter meets monthly via Zoom. Caregivers are welcome, too. This chapter is sponsored by Starkey.
  • Complimentary HLAA membership for veterans.
  • Complimentary convention registration.

Remember, the VA provides hearing care and hearing aids to veterans with hearing loss.

Gratefully, we tip our hats to our veterans.

color photo of cherry blossoms in front of an american flag. the blossoms are in focus and the flag is blurred in the background.

New Study: Hearing Aids May Reduce the Risk of Falls

We’ve been saying this for a while, and here’s another study that’s saying it, too. Hearing loss increases your risk of falling, but wearing hearing aids can reduce the risk.

This NPR story explains, including the dose-response relationship between hearing aid use and falls.

For details on the science, read the original study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Color photo of a woman with blond curly hair. She's wearing a green sweater, brown vest, and blue jeans, and she's outdoors walking her dog, who's looking up at her adoringly.

Support People with Disabilities While You Shop This Season

Hoodies, leggings, coffee, adaptive t-shirts, makeup brushes, facial serum, and more: Check out these cool gifts made by people with disabilities. The list is curated by the folks at DisabilityIN, a workplace accessibility organization.

color photo of a gift with brown paper wrapping and a light blue ribbon.

Hearing Loss Advocate Katherine Bouton Talks Cochlear Implants

More and more people are thinking about and even receiving cochlear implants (CIs). In her latest blogpost, hearing loss advocate Katherine Bouton shares her experiences with her CI. Spoiler alert: She loves it.

Katherine Bouton

Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

A Plethora of Tools Available for Hearing Loop Advocates

So you’d like to advocate for hearing loops in your neighborhood, but you aren’t sure where to start? Or you’ve begun the process, but you’re stuck?

The HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop program (GITHL) offers a TON of tools to help you know what to do next, how to overcome objections, and figure out your next steps.

  • A toolkit that includes fact sheets, brochures, best practices, posters, logos, promotion tools, a sample RFP, and even a Powerpoint presentation template.
  • A two-part toolkit handbook to help you know where and when to use items in the toolkit. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.
  • A 50-page advocacy guide to cheer you on, direct your efforts, and get you to the finish line.

And much more.

Feel free to reach out to the GITHL team if you have questions: GITHLinfo@hearingloss.org.

color photo of woman with a light gray bob and glasses. She's at a convention, looking at the camera and laughing. She is wearing a bright purple and orange scarf and a purple top.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week and all year round, we’re grateful to YOU, or members, supporters, and donors.

With your help, we help empower people with hearing loss all across Washington State, providing tools, education, and information they need to thrive. Thank you!

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone. As an all-volunteer run organization, 100% of every dollar donated is directed to our programs. HLAA-WA is an IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by relevant IRS code.


HLAA-WA News, November 7, 2023

Washington State Hearing Loss News

New Legislation Helps Older Adults with Hearing Loss in Washington State

Hearing aid insurance coverage, captions on televisions in public, and improved consumer education: New laws are making life better for people with hearing loss here in our state. And we’re proud to have helped lead the way.

When big-hearted people come together for a cause this important, there’s nothing they can’t do!

Cynthia Stewart, HLAA-WA legislative liaison, shares more about these legislative victories in this AgeWise King County article.

colorful photo of three people at a picnic table. the season is autumn. They are smiling and leaning close together.

Holiday Bazaar at the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center

Sip hot chocolate, nibble cookies, buy a gift for your mom, and say hello to our friends at HSDC at their holiday bazaar on November 11, 2023, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Note: The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center offers unbundled audiology services, a speech and language clinic, classes such as a Parent-Infant Program, ASL interpreter services, and more. We encourage you to check out their services to see how they might help you.


Toastmasters Audible Talkers Club Inspires People with Hearing Loss

In Arizona, a Toastmasters public speaking club especially designed for people with hearing loss is helping people dream bigger. This club, led by Harry Wolfe, is fully hearing-accessible. They meet online, and new members are welcome, no matter where they may live. The meetings include formal speeches and respectful evaluations that include praise and encouragement, plus impromptu speeches.

In our latest blog post, find out more about this caring, supportive group, and read how one participant found courage to chase her dreams.

Color photo of eight people in a living room. They've taken a break during their holiday party to pose and smile for the camera.

Reminder: Special Free Screening of Crip Camp in Seattle

What happens when a group of teen campers joins the fight for disability rights? A grass-roots movement is born. Crip Camp tells their story.

Join a free screening of Crip Camp, a movie produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Town Hall Seattle. We’ll be in attendance!

This special event celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the ADA and honors activist Judy Heumann (1947-2023). A Q&A with the film’s co-director James LeBrecht and ArtsFund’s Michael Greer will follow the movie.

Town Hall Seattle has loops in all three event spaces. ASL and captions will be provided.

The screening is co-presented by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, Town Hall, and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Movie promotion shot. Photo is a grainy image from the 70s of a young man with a guitar over his shoulder. he's pushing a male child in a wheelchair.

Next HOPE Meeting: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

What assistive technology can help during a family Thanksgiving dinner? How long will it be before I hear better with my new cochlear implant?
These are two of the topics we discussed together in our last 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 and hearing tech.

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

Note: You can read summaries from past meetings on our blog.

National Hearing Loss News

RESCHEDULED Webinar: The Sky’s the Limit for Disability Workplace Inclusion

The HLAA “Mission Possible” webinar is rescheduled to November 16, 2023, 2:00 pm Pacific/5:00 pm Eastern.

Accessibility in space? Yes! And here on Earth, too. At this fun, free, and captioned webinar from HLAA’s Employment Accessibility Task Force, find out how AstroAccess is elevating workplace accessibility to stratospheric heights, especially for STEM professionals with disabilities.

Be sure to share this webinar with your employer.

graphic includes a photo of three astronauts in space suits practicing zero gravity.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Could Be a Game Changer, Yet Some Consumers Remain Unsure

Consumers may still be confused about over-the-counter hearing aids, says The New York Times in this October 30, 2023 article. Yet as the article correctly points out, hearing aids have many benefits, including possibly reducing the risk of cognitive decline in some people.

There are some encouraging signs, though: According to the article, Lexie says 94% of its buyers are first-time purchasers, and Dr. Frank Lin sees “increased innovation and lower prices ahead.”

photo of a hearing aid being paired with a smart phone.

Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

National Hearing Loop Advocate Juliette Sterkens Is Winning Hearts and Minds

New technologies hold promise, but people with hearing loss still need telecoils in their hearing aids and hearing loops in public spaces, says Juliette Sterkens, AuD. As a national hearing loop advocate, Juliette carries her message across the country and around the world.

And people are taking notice.

The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) presented Juliette with their advocacy award on November 1, 2023 at ALDAcon in Austin, Texas.

And Juliette was a featured presenter at TEDX Oshkosh on November 4, 2023.

To find out more about Juliette’s work on behalf of people with hearing loss for HLAA and HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program, check out this cover story in Hearing Life magazine.

This week, Juliette — who’s also a brand-new grandmother — is on her way to Australia. Stay tuned for more about her TEDX adventure and learn what she’s up to next.

photo of a smiling woman with short gray hair. her blouse is light green. sun filters through trees in the background.

color photo of two women smiling. One is holding a crystal award.

Your Donations Make Our E-Newsletter Possible

Your kind generosity helps us bring you this e-news twice a month. With your help, we connect people with hearing loss to timely information and support that helps us all thrive.

To support our work, visit the donation page on our website.

Thank you for being part of our community!

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone. As an all-volunteer run organization, 100% of every dollar donated is directed to our programs. HLAA-WA is an IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by relevant IRS code.


HLAA-WA E-News, October 24, 2023

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Advocate Spotlight: Meet Brent Bowden

Advocates quietly change the world for people with hearing loss.

We recently met Brent Bowden, who’s working on behalf of people with hearing loss and other disabilities, both on his own and in his work with New Leaf, Inc.

Get to know him in this interview on our blog.


Help for People with Hearing Loss Across Washington State

Thankfully, people who are deaf or who have a hearing loss can find case management services all across Washington State. We encourage you to visit these offices for help and services.

Note: As of October 1, 2023, the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is providing services in Vancouver and southwest Washington, serving Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum Counties. In this office, the ODHH staff will transition case management work from the Washington Advocates of Deaf & Hard of Hearing.


Special Free Screening of
Crip Camp in Seattle

What happens when a group of teen campers joins the fight for disability rights? A grass-roots movement is born. Crip Camp tells their story.

Join a free screening of Crip Camp, a movie produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Town Hall Seattle. This special event celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the ADA and honors activist Judy Heumann (1947-2023). A Q&A with the film’s co-director James LeBrecht and ArtsFund’s Michael Greer will follow the movie.

Town Hall Seattle has loops in all three event spaces. ASL and captions will be provided.

The screening is co-presented by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, Town Hall, and the Seattle International Film Festival.


Reminder: Chapter Leader Workshop Offered: Social Media for HLAA Chapters

We are proud to announce that JoAnne Dyer, HLAA-WA’s communications person, will be leading an online workshop on social media for HLAA chapter leaders. At this year’s HLAA convention, JoAnne won awards for her work on our social media and the new HLAA-WA website.

This online Zoom event will take place on October 26, 2023, at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. The webinar is free and will be live-captioned.

Register for Social Media for Chapters and State Organizations. 

color photo of a smiling woman with reddish hair and glasses. she's wearing  a blue top with white polka dots.

Hearing-Friendly Entertainment at Village Theater in Issaquah and Everett

Each of Village Theater’s locations in Issaquah and Everett are LOOPED. Open-captioned and ASL performances are also available at specific performances. That means you can enjoy hearing-friendly live theater at both locations.

Now in Everett: Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, October 21 – November 12, 2023.

Coming up in Issaquah: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, November 14 – December 23, 2023. Open-captioned show: December 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm.

Visit the Village Theater’s webpage for more information and to buy tickets. You can watch trailers for Village Theater performances on their YouTube channel.


Participants Needed for a Google Meet Study

If you have a hearing loss and you’ve used Google Meet, you may qualify for a study that pays $200.

The study lasts 90 minutes and will be held at Google’s offices in Seattle. Participants will pick one day between October 30th and November 3rd that works for them. 

Find out if you qualify via this study eligibility form. To complete the eligibility form, you’ll need to have a Gmail or Google account and be signed in.


Next HOPE Meeting: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

What technology might help me hear better when I’m traveling? How far in advance should I schedule an audiology appointment? These are a couple of the topics we discussed at our October 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 and hearing tech.

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

Note: You can read summaries from past meetings on our blog.

National Hearing Loss News

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Right for You?

New over-the-counter hearing aids are now available. What are they like, and will they work for you? Find out at this HLAA webinar on November 1, 2023, 11:00 am Pacific time.

Also, let HLAA know about your experience with OTCs by taking this survey.


Football Helmet with Augmented Reality Helps Deaf Players at Gallaudet University

An augmented-reality foot helmet was used for the first time on Saturday, October 5, when Gallaudet University played Hilbert college.

The helmet uses 5G technology to send an image from the head coach’s tablet computer to the quarterback’s helmet. The quarterback sees the display above his right eye, then relays the play to the team.

High-tech for a higher purpose. We like it.


Accessibility Tips in Honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

How can you make sure your communications are accessible to everyone, including employees and customers who might have a disability? Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Write social media posts informally and in plain language. Avoid abbreviations and spell out acronyms.
  • Use @mentions to tag other organizations on social media and use relevant hashtags on keywords and phrases to categorize posts.
  • For multi-word hashtags, capitalize the first letters of each section of a compound word (#LikeThisExample).
  • Provide closed captioning for YouTube videos. You can do this automatically, or you can add and edit captions manually.
  • Add captions to Facebook video posts. Make sure captions are turned on for live videos.

We’re Here for You

Thank you for your interest in HLAA-Washington State and in all things hearing health related. As always, let us know how we can help you: info@hearingloss-wa.org.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone. As an all-volunteer run organization, 100% of every dollar donated is directed to our programs. HLAA-WA is an IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by relevant IRS code.


HLAA-WA E-News, October 10, 2023

Washington State Hearing Loss News

color photo of a smiling man in a gray suit with a light blue shirt. Green shrubbery is in the background, blurred.

Memorial Service for John Waldo, Legal Eagle and Hero for People with Hearing Loss

The memorial service for disability rights attorney and superstar hearing loss advocate John Waldo will be livestreamed on October 14, 2023, at 10:00 am Pacific Time/Noon Central Time. If you happen to be in Houston and you’d like to attend in person, John’s service is at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, Texas. You can watch the livestream on the church website.

John Waldo’s service to people with hearing loss is legendary. His local Washington State work included helping get more open-captioned movie screenings, getting hearing aids covered under insurance, and co-founding the Washington State Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP).

On our blog, read more about John’s incredible work with us, and read this lovely obituary for more about his life.


Communication Strategies Class Offered in Seattle at HSDC

Learn how to communicate more effectively, manage your energy levels and anxiety, advocate for yourself, speech-read, and more at the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center this fall.

Led by HLAA-WA member and HSDC Client Advocate Devin Myers, this free class runs every Monday from October 23, 2023 to November 27, 2023, from 6:00 – 7:00 in the evening. Classes are held at the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Seattle, 1625 19th Avenue. Light refreshments, assistive listening devices, and real-time captions provided. Feel free to bring a communication partner with you. Note: This is an HSDC program.

To RSVP: deafservices@hsdc.org or 206-452-7967.

Graphic of illustrated figures gesturing, plus text that reads free communication strategies class, mondays for six weeks, october 23 - november 27, 2023, 6-7 pm

color photo of a smiling woman with reddish hair and glasses. she's wearing  a blue top with white polka dots.

Chapter Leader Workshop Offered: Social Media for HLAA Chapters

We are proud to announce that JoAnne Dyer, HLAA-WA’s communications person, will be leading an online workshop on social media for HLAA chapter leaders. At this year’s HLAA convention, JoAnne won awards for her work on our social media and the new HLAA-WA website.

This online Zoom event will take place on October 26, 2023, at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. The webinar is free and will be live-captioned.

Register for Social Media for Chapters and State Organizations. 


Hearing-Friendly Events at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center

Check out the looped events coming up during the Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center’s 2023-24 season: The 40 Fingers guitar quartet, the Federal Way Symphony, the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, Late Night Catechism (comedy play), Jake Shimabukuro’s Christmas in Hawaii, and more.

Visit the FWPAEC events calendar for details and ticket information.

blue starry background with text that reads P-A-E-C, performing arts and event center.

Next HOPE Meeting: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

How can you communicate better at an outdoor event such as a picnic? Can I use a hearing loop to hear my TV better? These are a couple of the questions we discussed 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 and hearing tech.

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

Note: If you can’t attend a meeting, you can read a summary from past meetings on our blog.

National Hearing Loss News

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

All year long, but especially in October, we celebrate the careers and workplace accomplishments of people with disabilities such as hearing loss.

What can you do to advance equity and inclusion in the workplace? Watch this US Dept. of Labor video, join the HLAA workplace webinar (see below), read the Dept. of Labor’s blog post about what’s happening at the national level, and ask for the hearing access technology that you need.


Webinar: Accessibility in Space and Beyond

Disability inclusion in space? Yes! AstroAccess is working on just that: making space accessible for people with disabilities, including hearing loss. And in doing so, they’re also helping perpetuate disability inclusion in all workplaces.

You might not have a chance to go into space, but you need access here on earth. Join the AstroAccess team along with HLAA Board Member Larry Guterman at this HLAA webinar, “Mission Possible: The Sky’s the Limit for Disability Workplace Inclusion,” Thursday, October 19, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

color photo of astronauts defying gravity during NASA training, plus text that reads Hearing You, H-L-A-A webinars for better hearing, mission possible, the sky's the limit for workplace inclusion, thursday, october 19, 2023, 6-7 pm eastern time, register at hearingloss dot org slash employment.

Find Cool Jewelry for Your Hearing Aid

The name “DEAFMETAL” might make you think of an ear-crushing rock band from the 70s, but this DEAFMETAL is actually something very different (and gentler): It’s a brand of jewelry for your hearing devices.

The artist behind the jewelry, Jenni Ahtiainen, wears hearing aids herself. She has an accessory-design background–U2’s lead singer Bono himself owns one of her scarves.

Jenni’s designs range from cute and appropriate for kids, to feminine, to sporty, to, well, kind of metal. We love how Jenni makes hearing aids stylish, fun, and even beautiful.

You can order DEAFMETAL jewelry from their US distributor, DEAFMETAL USA.

picture of white ear, probably plastic, plus a gold piece of jewelery attached


A Seat at the Table Means Hearing Loss Advocacy Wins

Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, was recently named to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils. This prestigious appointment is part of HLAA’s behind-the-scenes work that ensures hearing loss is part of conversations around public health, policy, research, and programs across the country and around the world.

Read HLAA’s blog post, “A Seat at Many Tables,” to learn more about this vital HLAA priority .

color photo of two women smiling at the camera. both have light brown/blonde hair.

color photo of a hand placing a hearing aid into another hand.

Buying Hearing Aids at Walgreens: What’s Available, How Much Do They Cost, and What Should You Know?

Forbes magazine weighs in on the latest news in over-the-counter hearing aids, which ones (and with which features) you can find at Walgreens, and things to consider when you think you might need a hearing aid.

Michele Michaels, HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop team member, is quoted in the article.


We’re Here for You

Thank you for your interest in HLAA-Washington State and in all things hearing health related. As always, let us know how we can help you: info@hearingloss-wa.org.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone. As an all-volunteer run organization, 100% of every dollar donated is directed to our programs. HLAA-WA is an IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by relevant IRS code.


HLAA-WA E-News, September 12, 2023

Washington State Hearing Loss News

color photo of a man and a woman sitting behind a table at a convention. their sign reads HLAA, hearing loss association of america, washington state association

Meet Our Volunteers in Your Community This Fall

Our HLAA-WA outreach crew is coming to a neighborhood near you. Stop by, grab some information, ask a question, and get to know our incredible volunteers.

  • Auburn: Auburn Senior Center
    September 28, 2023, 9:30 am
    808 9th St SE, Auburn
  • Renton: Age-Friendly Senior 50+ Expo
    September 29, 2023, 9:00 am – 1 pm
    Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave N, Renton

Happy 19th Birthday, HLAA-Whatcom County

The award-winning, friendly, and astonishingly productive crew in Whatcom County have been doing their thing for almost twenty years.

Read their story and get inspired to take action in your neighborhood.

color photo of three women with silver hair sitting at a table on a boat

graphic poster. photo of three people looking alarmed at an old typewriter. text reads sound theatre company presents the world premier Play Autocorrect Thinks I'm Dead, by Amy Chou, directed by Howie Seago, Go ahead. Send Kill. September 7th through the 30th, 12th Avenue Arts, tickets at souondtheatrecompany.org

Introducing a New Play Featuring Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Talent in Seattle

Theater lovers in the Puget Sound area, take note: Autocorrect Thinks I’m Dead features a majority-Deaf and Hard of Hearing cast and creative team. It was written by Aimee Chou, who is Deaf.

You don’t need to know ASL to enjoy this show, which is told primarily in ASL and spoken English. “English captioning is incorporated in the entire piece, so both hearing and Deaf audiences will be able to understand and enjoy the play,” according to the theater’s website.

The play runs until September 30, 2023, at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill in Seattle.


New to Medicare? Get the Scoop at These ODHH Webinars

Who’s eligible for Medicare? How do you enroll? What are my costs and coverage options?

Find out by catching one of two upcoming Medicare Basics webinars from the Washington State Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH). Free and captioned. Pre-registration is required; click on one of the bit.ly links after you click below.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023
10:00 – 11:30 am

photo of laptop and coffee cup. on the laptop screen it reads WEBINAR

Next HOPE Meeting: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Did you know you can make your hearing loss more visible by wearing pins and t-shirts with messages like, “Please Face Me, I’m Hard of Hearing?” And that these items are available on Etsy? This is just one topic that our attendees discussed 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 and hearing tech.

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

Note: If you can’t attend a meeting, you can read a summary from past meetings on our blog.

National Hearing Loss News

Call to Action: Let the DOJ Know We Need Caption Rules and Requirements

Web and mobile videos don’t always have captions — but they certainly should. Here’s your chance to let the U.S. DOJ know that we need their proposed rule to require captions on web and mobile content.

How to help: Go to the DOJ’s proposed rule itself to read further and leave a public comment. Click on the blue box that says “comment.” You can mention any specific apps or web programs that you use regularly that don’t always have captions, how this impacts you, and how the rules will help you and others with hearing loss.


A Year of Promise: HLAA Shares Accomplishments and Roadmap for the Future

In this beautiful annual report, read about HLAA’s national accomplishments in 2022, including 1500 media mentions, over $2 million in donations, national policy leadership, and other key accomplishments.

graphic says 2022 annual report. on  the right side, a photo of a man in a baseball hat and plaid shirt next to a little girl. Both are smiling. Hearts drawn in crayon are scattered on the left side.

graphic of an orange cow with headphones. the cow is looking at a smartphone. sky blue background.

A Simple App Can Optimize and Customize Your Hearing: SonicCloud

The SonicCloud app (not to be confused with Sonicloud) promises to help you hear better by adjusting speech tone and pitch, music, and other sounds. The software works with laptops, mobile phones, and tablets.

SonicCloud was co-founded by HLAA board member Larry Guterman, who has lived with worsening hearing loss since his twenties.

Have you tried SonicCloud to hear better? Let us know how it works for you: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.


Research: Hearing Loss Reversed in Mice in King’s College of London Study

Hearing in low and middle frequencies was restored in mice by using a “genetic approach” in this King’s College of London Study. Mice were given an enzyme to activate a specific gene in this “proof-of-concept” study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

woman's ear with brown hair tucked behind it.

color photo of a plane taking off at sunset and a woman in business attire gazing at it through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rhode Island Airport Will Be Looped in Early 2024

Rhode Island’s T.F. Green International Airport will soon become our nation’s 22nd looped airport. Hearing loops will make this space safer and more comfortable for travelers with hearing loss.

Read more in this article by hearing loop hero Stephen O. Frazier.


We’re Here for You

Thank you for your interest in HLAA-Washington State and in all things hearing health related. As always, let us know how we can help you: info@hearingloss-wa.org.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone. As an all-volunteer run organization, 100% of every dollar donated is directed to our programs. HLAA-WA is an IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by relevant IRS code.