Our Latest News, May 14, 2024

A BIG thank you, a local hearing loss story, webinars on OTC hearing, aids, and more hearing loss support and news from Washington State.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Our Warmest, Biggest Thank You to Our Community, Friends, and Allies for Giving BIG

Because of your generosity, not only did we reach our GiveBIG goal, we exceeded it! You gave almost $8,000 this year, a record-breaking amount. Wow!

You inspire us with your support. Together with you, we help people with hearing loss find hope, encouragement, and the resources they need to thrive. Thank you!

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Don’t Forget Our Annual Picnic

We’re returning once again to Lake Boren Park for our picnic on July 20, 2024, in Newcastle, Washington. Everyone is welcome. A hearing loop and PA system are provided.

Stay tuned for more details, including our program, lunch, and special guests.

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Learn About Our State’s Dementia Action Plan

Hearing loss is linked to dementia and cognitive decline. For years, HLAA-WA has been part of the Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative to ensure that hearing loss, hearing aids, and hearing care are part of the State’s Dementia Action Plan.

Find out more about the plan and learn what Washington State is doing to care for people with dementia at a webinar on June 4, 2024, at 10:00 – 11:30 am. Be sure to turn on the captions, or ask for them if needed. Free.

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The Things We Do When We Have a Hearing Loss

In the first of our new blog series on personal stories of hearing loss and hope, Rick Faunt shares his hearing loss journey, from OUCH to OOPS to BAHA.

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Hearing-Friendly Events Coming Up at MOHAI

Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) has two events coming up with ASL interpretation and CART captioning.

If you attend these events and enjoy them, please let us know: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.

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National Hearing Loss News

May Is Better Hearing Month
Protect, Check, and Treat

During Better Hearing Month, why not share some hearing loss advice with your friends and family?

  • Turn down your volume and wear good-fitting earplugs.
  • Then, check your hearing regularly.
  • The average wait to treat hearing loss is seven years. That’s too long! Treat your hearing loss quickly to help preserve your physical and mental health.

Read more about Better Hearing Month on HLAA’s website.

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Register by May 26 for Early Bird Discounts for the HLAA Convention

The early-bird discount for the HLAA convention ends on May 26, 2024, so don’t wait!

The convention this summer will include the inspirational keynote speaker Shanna Adamic (photo, right), a research symposium on the emotional side of hearing loss, product demonstrations, and workshops on topics like state-level advocacy, role playing for communication strategies –both workshops from our local advocates! — and more.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids:
Ask The Experts Webinar

Questions about over-the-counter hearing aids? You can ask the OTC manufacturers themselves at two upcoming webinars from HLAA. All HLAA webinars are free, live-captioned, and open to everyone.

  • May 22, 2024, 11:00 – Noon Pacific time: Meet the Manufacturers, Part 1: Essilor Luxottica and Sony
  • June 5, 2024, 11:00 – Noon Pacific time: Meet the Manufacturers, Part 2: Sonova and Jabra.
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Webinar: The Case for Employees with Hearing Loss

People with disabilities such as hearing loss remain underemployed even today. In this free, captioned webinar on May 21, 2024, Professor David Baldridge will discuss the latest employment data, his current research, and practical implications for people with hearing loss and their employers, supervisors, coworkers, and allies. Dr. Baldridge is also an HLAA board member and cochlear implant user.

Resilience Can Help You Navigate Your Hearing Loss

Setbacks and frustrations are often part of our hearing loss journeys. Resilience strategies, like flexibility and humor, can help us deal with our hearing loss in better ways.

For excellent tips, check out this terrific article from our friends at Hearing Loss Live.

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Enjoy New Music Even with a Hearing Loss

Music means a lot to almost everyone. When you have a hearing loss, though, finding and enjoying new music can be hard.

Shari Eberts shares how she gets the most out of emerging and new-to-her music.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

Oregon Public Broadcasting Features
Lane County Loopers

There are sixty — sixty! — loops in the city of Eugene, Oregon. How did this happen?

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports on the hard work of key loop advocates in Lane County.

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Hearing Loss In-Person Support

Renton Hearing Loss Support Group
Friday, June 14, 2024

Our Renton support group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at 1 pm at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North, Renton. No need to register; simply check in at the front desk.

This group is led by our award-winning HLAA-WA Secretary Glenda Philio. A hearing loop is available, and everyone is welcome. Always free.

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HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting
Saturday, June 15, 2024

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Live CART and a hearing loop provided. Everyone is welcome.

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For more information on in-person hearing loss support, visit our website.


Stay Involved with HLAA and HLAA-WA

We’re glad you’re part of our community.

What more can you do to support people with hearing loss?

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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.


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Our Latest News, April 23, 2024

Our annual picnic, hearing access in healthcare, and more hearing loss support and news from Washington State.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Our Picnic Is On — Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for our annual picnic, July 20, 2024, at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington. Everyone is welcome. A hearing loop and PA system are provided.

Stay tuned for more details, including our program, lunch, and special guests.

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Yes, It’s Possible to Get Hearing Access in Healthcare

Hearing access in healthcare settings can be uncertain and stressful. Our president Cheri Perazzoli shares how she recently secured access for several medical tests here in the Seattle area, and she offers tips on how you can hear better at your next hospital or doctor visit.

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Next HOPE Meeting: May 1, 2024
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Moynihan
“Life with a Hearing Dog”

Our May meeting features an opportunity to learn about hearing dogs from our special guest speaker, Cynthia Moynihan. Cynthia is also a Gallaudet-trained peer mentor for people with hearing loss.

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 ask questions, and also to simply relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.

We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm. We hope you can join us! Register for the May HOPE meeting here.

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GiveBIG Launches TODAY, April 23, 2024

GiveBIG, Washington’s statewide celebration of giving, kicks off today with opportunities for early giving.

Hearing loss may be invisible, but it’s everywhere. Every fifth American has some level of hearing loss, and they risk becoming isolated. Health problems can follow hearing loss too, including cognitive decline and falls.

You can help by giving to HLAA-WA. Your generosity means we can bring more help, hope, and resources for the million-plus Washingtonians with a hearing loss.

We’re stronger together. Thank you for your support!

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Legislative Update: ASL Workgroup Established

Good news for people who are Deaf: A sign language workgroup is in Governor Inslee’s 2024 supplemental budget. This workgroup, led by ODHH, aims to address the shortage of ASL interpreters in our state.

At HLAA-WA, we supported this legislation, as did many of you! Thank you for your advocacy.

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Participants Wanted for Air Travel Access Study

Are you interested in participating in paid research activities designed to improve accessibility in air travel? Research activities could include in-home interviews, fly-alongs, flight experience documentation, online and in-person workshops, and mockup reviews.

You need to be 18 years or older and identify as at least one of these categories: Blind/low vision, Deaf/hard-of-hearing, reduced mobility, or neuro divergent. Click here to fill out the initial survey from Teague.

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National Hearing Loss News

Exploring Self-Employment for People with Hearing Loss Webinar, April 30, 2024

Thinking that self-employment might be a good option for you? This free, captioned HLAA webinar can help you decide.

Three panelists — Eyra Abraham, Dr. Anne McIntosh, and Shari Eberts — will share how they made self-employment work for them, and they’ll discuss the pros and cons of leaving office jobs behind.

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Hearing Health Care Program Reaches Lower-Income Arizonans

Many people, both in Arizona and across the United States, don’t have coverage for hearing care and hearing aids. This program, led by Michele Michaels, helps close the gaps so that people in lower incomes can get the care they need.

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Local Leaders Win, Present at the HLAA National Convention

You’ve got even more reasons to attend the national HLAA convention in Phoenix this year: Several HLAA-WA members are presenters and award-winners.

Kimberly Parker (Spirit of HLAA Award), Cynthia Stewart, Jill Bujnevicie, and Hugo Esterhay (Excellence in State Advocacy Awards) will be honored at the awards ceremony this summer! Cynthia and Kimberly are also presenting workshops.

Register before May 26, 2024, for the convention, which runs June 26 through June 29, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

What Do Hearing Loops Sound Like?

Hearing loops are the most-preferred assistive listening system. One reason is the incredible clarity of sound. With a switch of a hearing aid, CI, or BAHA to “Telecoil” mode, the sound can feel like it’s coming from inside your head — in a good way.

Listen to the difference between non-looped audio and looped audio in these videos.

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Hearing Loss In-Person Support

Lacey-Area Hearing Loss Support Group
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Stop by the next hearing loss group meeting on May 1 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama Senior Living. May’s meeting is a hybrid meeting; please contact Carolyn Odio for the Zoom registration (carolyn@odio.com).

Carolyn also sends a regular newsletter and has a small lending library; please contact her to receive the newsletter or find out more.

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Renton Hearing Loss Support Group
Friday, May 10, 2024

Our Renton support group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at 1 pm at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North, Renton. No need to register; simply check in at the front desk.

This group is led by our award-winning HLAA-WA Secretary Glenda Philio. A hearing loop is available, and everyone is welcome. Always free.

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HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting
“Getting to Know You,” May 18, 2024

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Live CART and a hearing loop provided. Everyone is welcome.

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For more information on in-person hearing loss support, visit our website.


Stay Involved with HLAA and HLAA-WA

We’re glad you’re part of our community.

What more can you do to support people with hearing loss here and across the country?

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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.


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Our Latest News, April 9, 2024

Madonna goes inclusive, highlights of our annual meeting, help for sleeping better with tinnitus, and more.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Annual Meeting and Awards Show We’re Stronger Together

Thank you to everyone who made our annual meeting a wonderful success this year! It was energizing and inspiring to connect with you all.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors ODHH, Dr. Chad Ruffin, and Spencer Norby.

Kudos to the many behind-the-scenes volunteers who made this event possible.


Come Meet Us at Outreach Events

As part of our community education program, we’re sending our outreach team to a location near you. Come see us, say hi, grab some information, ask questions about hearing loss, and find out how we can help you.

If you’d like representatives from HLAA-WA to participate at a community group or event, please contact us: hope@hearingloss-wa.org.

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Looking for Peer Support for Your Hearing Loss?

Several support groups are available to you here in Washington State, including online (HOPE), Whatcom County, Renton, and Panorama in Lacey. Visit our website for more information and ideas, or read on below.


HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting
April 20, 2024

Meet Jess Taluth, Field Representative from Dogs for Better Lives, at the next HLAA-Whatcom County chapter meeting.

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Live CART is provided and the room is looped. Everyone is welcome.

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Renton Hearing Loss Support Group
Friday, April 12, 2024

You’re invited to our in-person Renton Support Group meeting. This group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at 1 pm at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North in Renton. No need to register; simply check in at the front desk.

This group is led by our award-winning HLAA-WA Secretary Glenda Philio. A hearing loop is available, and everyone is welcome. Always free.

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Next HOPE Meeting: May 1, 2024
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Moynihan, “Life with a Hearing Dog”

Our May meeting features an opportunity to learn about hearing dogs from our special guest speaker, Cynthia Moynihan. Cynthia is also a Gallaudet-trained peer mentor for people with hearing loss.

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 ask questions, and also to simply relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.

We hope you can join us.

Get Excited: The Seattle Rep Announces Their
2024-2025 Season

The very hearing-friendly Seattle Rep Theater has announced their 2024-2025 Season. The Rep has hearing loops throughout their three theaters and at the ticket windows, concierge, and concessions. Also, some shows are captioned. You can check out receivers and headphones at coat check.

  • The Skin of Our Teeth, September 26 – October 20, 2024
  • Primary Trust, October 24 – November 24, 2024
  • Blithe Spirit, November 29 – December 22, 2024
  • Blues for an Alabama Sky, January 30 – February 23, 2025

Subscriptions are now available. Single-show tickets will be on sale soon.

Remember, you can always find hearing-friendly events all across Washington State on the events page of our website.

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National Hearing Loss News

Latest Hearing Life Magazine Features Tech, Tech, and More Tech

How is artificial intelligence working to help people with hearing loss? What’s the latest must-have hearing technology for workplace accommodations?

HLAA’s quarterly magazine, Hearing Life, has answers.

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Madonna Goes Inclusive

Madonna was everywhere in the 80s and 90s and she’s still making audiences dance — including Deaf audience members — on her latest tour.

In this blog post from Deaffriendly Consulting, Melissa Greenlee explains why Madonna’s “Celebration” tour became a “milestone for the Seattle Deaf community.” This concert included two ASL interpreters and performances by Deaf performer Russell Harvard.

For an example of how powerful an experience this can be, you can watch Russell Harvard interpret and perform Madonna’s “I’ll Remember” in this video. We could watch Russell for hours, honestly.

Pssst: Hey, Madonna, how about a hearing loop and captioned performances next?

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How to Sleep Better with Your Tinnitus

Tinnitus can sound even louder and be even more bothersome when you’re lying in bed trying to sleep.

On Doctor Cliff’s YouTube channel, audiologist Rachel Cook shares some advice on getting a good night’s sleep with your tinnitus. It starts with a “detox” 2-4 hours before bed.

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Find a Walk4Hearing to Cheer and Support

While we don’t yet have a Walk4Hearing here in Washington State, there are many such walks all across the country. You can find one to cheer, share, and donate to.

Proceeds from Walk4Hearing events go to HLAA and to the local or state organization and ultimately, to help people with hearing loss thrive.

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School Bus Driver Is Gifted Hearing Aids

In Akron, Ohio, a school bus driver loves his job helping autistic kids get to school. Plus, he also cares for his grandchildren. He needed help hearing them clearly, though.

Read the story of how he can hear the kids in his life much better, thanks to a gift of hearing aids.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

Public-Access Ready Hearing Aids: The Past, Present, and Future

Hearing aids can connect you to people, and also — with a little tech help — connect to public assistive listening systems and to phones, computers, and tablets. To easily use public assistive listening systems like hearing loops, you need “public access ready” hearing aids with telecoils — and systems like hearing loops.

In this thoughtful HearingReview article from Thomas Kaufmann, AuD, find out more, and learn why Auracast ALS isn’t quite public-access ready yet.

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Stay Involved with HLAA and HLAA-WA

We’re glad you’re part of our community.

What more can you do to support people with hearing loss here and across the country?

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.


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Last Chance to Register for Our Annual Meeting Online

THIS SATURDAY, March 23, 2024

There’s still time to register to attend our annual meeting via Zoom. Our in-person event is fully booked, but you can still attend online.

We have awards, updates, and a chance for you to connect with Rep. Tina Orwall, our greatest ally in the Washington State legislature. After the meeting, our board will meet, and you’re welcome to join.

Remember, all activities in-person and online are fully hearing accessible with ASL interpreters, live captions, and a hearing loop.

Read more about the day’s festivities on our blog.

If you’ve already registered, thank you! We look forward to seeing you in person or online.

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Looking for In-Person Support for Your Hearing Loss?

Several support groups are available to you here in Washington State, including online (HOPE), Whatcom County, Renton, and Panorama in Lacy. Visit our website for more information and ideas, or read on below.


HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting
April 20, 2024

Meet Jess Taluth, Field Representative from Dogs for Better Lives, at the next HLAA-Whatcom County chapter meeting.

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Live CART is provided and the room is looped. Everyone is welcome.

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Renton Hearing Loss Support Group
Friday, April 12, 2024

You’re invited to our in-person Renton Support Group meeting. This group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at 1 pm at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North in Renton. No need to register; simply check in at the front desk.

This group is led by our award-winning HLAA-WA Secretary Glenda Philio. A hearing loop is available, and everyone is welcome. Always free.

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Next HOPE Meeting: April 3, 2024

Telehealth captions and finding help with auditory training after cochlear implant surgery were two of the topics we discussed at our March HOPE virtual support meeting.

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 ask questions, and also to simply relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.

We hope you can join us.

Hearing-Accessible Events Coming Up in
Mount Vernon

The beautiful vintage Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon is LOOPED. That means you can enjoy lots of events by turning your hearing aid or CI to T or telecoil mode to hear more clearly. Coming up…

  • April 4, 2024 – Jake Shimabukuro, live in concert
  • April 26, 2024 – Best of the Seattle Comedy Competition
  • May 5, 2024 – Villalobos Brothers Cinco de Mayo, live in concert
  • September 19, 2024 – Hot Tuna, 60s band with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, live in concert

The Lincoln also shows movies several times a week. We didn’t see any open-caption shows mentioned, but you can call and request them.

Remember, you can find hearing-friendly events all across Washington State on the events page of our website.

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National Hearing Loss News

Local Legal Victory May Have BIG National Impact, and You May Have a Claim

In a legal victory for people with hearing loss, a lack of coverage for hearing aids may violate the Affordable Care Act’s antidiscrimination provision, according to a recent settlement in the Schmitt v. Kaiser lawsuit here in Washington State. And you may be eligible to file a claim.

Thanks to local and national lawyers and advocates, a $3 million settlement fund has been established. If you were covered under certain Kaiser Foundation Health Plans in Washington State between October 30, 2014 and December 31, 2023, and you paid out of pocket for hearing aids or related services, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Read more about how to file a claim, why this may have broader implications for insurance coverage, and more in this excellent summary from HLAA.

A special thank you to John Waldo for his leadership in this lawsuit. John passed away recently. We’re imagining him smiling down on this huge win.

The deadline to file a claim is April 2, 2024, so don’t wait.

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Registration Is Open for the HLAA National Convention This Summer

Sunshine and resort luxury join the usual wonderful combination of friendship and learning at the HLAA convention, June 26-29, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shanna Adamic will be the keynote speaker. The research symposium will focus on the emotional side of hearing loss. And that’s just the start of all the terrific opportunities. Will we see you there?

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How Can You Enjoy and Play Music with a Hearing Loss?

Video from the 2023 convention symposium is now available

Music is important to nearly everyone, and losing the ability to appreciate or play music can be a tremendous loss. But there’s hope.

At the HLAA convention last summer, the research symposium focused on the joy of music and loving your ears. Topics included listening safely to music, preventing hearing loss whether you’re a listener or a performer, and perceiving music when you have cochlear implants. You can watch the series of symposium videos on the HLAA website.

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Are AirPods About to Become Hearing Aids?

Apple’s AirPods Pro already have some hearing-aid-adjacent type of functions, but these devices may go even further with the next iOS 18 update via an “official hearing aid mode.”

How do you use your AirPods Pro to hear better? We’d love your feedback. Your tech insight may help others: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

What You Don’t Know About Hearing Aids

You can learn a lot from Juliette Sterkens.

Hearing aids can help you hear, but tips, tricks, and tech can change your life. And there’s no better messenger on the subject of hearing aids, assistive tech, and hearing loss than Juliette Sterkens, spokeswoman for HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program.

Juliette’s incredible, passionate TEDx Oshkosh talk has already earned over 183,000 views and almost 400 comments. We encourage you to watch the video, like and comment, and share with everyone you know. It’s that good.

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Stay Involved with HLAA and HLAA-WA

We’re glad you’re part of our community.

What more can you do to support people with hearing loss here and across the country?

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.


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Registration is OPEN for Our Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
March 23, 2024, 9:30–2:30

Don’t miss our first in-person annual meeting since 2019. Our greatest legislative advocate, Rep. Tina Orwall, will be our special guest. You’ll have the opportunity to ask Rep. Orwall (and us!) questions, meet old and new friends, and help us shape our work in 2024 and beyond. Read more details on the day’s festivities on our blog.

So that we can truly include everyone, this meeting is a hybrid online/in-person event at Green River College in Auburn. American Sign Language interpreters and captions will be provided online and in person, and the meeting room will be looped. Everyone is welcome, and you can bring a guest. Free.

Meet Your Peers and Find In-Person Support, Friday, March 8, 2024

You’re invited to our in-person Renton Support Group meeting. This group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at 1 pm at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North in Renton. No need to register; simply check in at the front desk.

This group is led by our award-winning HLAA-WA secretary Glenda Philio. A hearing loop is available, and everyone is welcome. Always free.

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What Would We Do Without Dogs?
HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting, March 16, 2024

Hearing assistance dogs can make our lives easier, better, and brighter. At the March HLAA-Whatcom County meeting, you’ll meet Emerald, the newest member who happens to be a hearing assistance dog. Jess Taluth, Program Field Representative for Dogs for Better Lives, will talk about Emerald’s journey to becoming a hearing assistance dog.

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

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Local Member Is Also a Published Author

Abha Sharma is an HLAA-WA member who writes eloquently about her longtime hearing loss journey. She’s been published in several places, including this article from the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.

Watch for more from this terrific writer.

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Hearing-Friendly History Programs Coming up at MOHAI in Seattle

This spring, history lovers can catch these events at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) with ASL and CART captioning:

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Open-Captioned Movies Coming Up in Seattle

The Seattle International Film Festival offers open-captioned movies on Tuesdays and Sundays. The folks at SIFF are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with screenings of some of the top films from SIFF’s five decades.

Upcoming movies include Fresh (1994), Trollhunter (2010), The Uncertain Detective (2023, free), Hero (2002) and Kedi (2016).

Then, the Viva Italia! Festival runs February 28 – April 24, 2024.

Be sure to check the SIFF website to confirm which films will be captioned and when.

Next HOPE Meeting: March 6, 2024

Did you know that tinnitus can be an early warning signal of hearing loss? Or that tinnitus can sometimes be treated by treating your underlying hearing loss? At our February HOPE meeting, Dr. Megan Nightingale gave an excellent presentation on tinnitus and explained these concepts and many more. You can read the notes from her presentation on our blog.

This March, we return to our regular HOPE format of caring, sharing, and helpful feedback.

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 ask questions, and also to simply relax, listen, and spend time with people who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.

We hope you can join us.

National Hearing Loss News

TODAY: Get Hearing Tech Help at Work at This HLAA Webinar

Struggling with your hearing loss and work, but you’re not sure what technologies are available to help?

At this HLAA webinar on February 27, 2024, 9–10 am Pacific, learn about accessible technologies that can help you hear better, get more done, and excel at your job. Free, captioned, open to everyone.

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Changing Mindsets: World Hearing Day, March 3, 2024

Myths about hearing loss abound. Here are a few ways to think differently about hearing loss, courtesy of the World Health Organization.

  • Hearing loss can happen at any age.
  • Hearing loss is not inevitable.
  • Hearing aids do work, and better hearing can mean a better life.
  • Hearing aids can be an investment in your quality of life.
  • Tinnitus is often more than an annoyance–it’s a warning sign of hearing loss.

Changing mindsets about hearing loss can help us improve hearing care, access to treatment, and equity for everyone.

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myth: old age, reality: can happen at any age.
myth: inevitable, reality: preventable
myth: hearing aids don't work well, reality: better hearing, better life
myth: hearing aids are too expensive, reality: investment in quality of life
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Hearing Aids as a Gift of Love

Hearing aids change lives–not only for people wearing them, but also sometimes for people close to us.

In this NPR story, Scott Simon gets his first pair of hearing aids partly to help his wife and daughters communicate and stay connected with him.

Way to go, Scott! Thank you for sharing your story.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

The Shedd and Loop Lane County Are Making Oregon Super-Looped

The hearing loop movement has some local grassroots heroes and heroines, like the folks at The Shedd in Eugene and Loop Lane County.

At The Shedd, you’ll find hearing loops darn near everywhere: Jaqua Concert Hall, Sheffer Recital Hall, Cole Gallery, Warren Court, Room B09, and the ticket office, will call desk, and concessions. The Shedd has inspired Travel Lane County and Loop Lane County to get more loops everywhere.

You’ll now find loops at the Eugene Airport, Hult Center, the Maverick Hotel front desk, Florence Events Center, Cottage Theater, The Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and more. There are 28 loops in all, with ten more to come.

Thank you to Ginevra Ralph, Sue Pritchard, Andy Vobora, and the whole Loop Lane Country and Travel Lane County crews for making Oregon more welcoming to people with hearing loss.

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Stay Involved with HLAA and HLAA-WA

We’re glad you’re part of our community.

What more can you do to support people with hearing loss here and across the country?

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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.


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