HLAA-WA E-News, June 28, 2022

In this e-news: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Night with the Mariners, an award for HLAA-Whatcom County, HOPE meeting July 6, the 2022, HLAA convention, veterans virtual hearing loss group, a meterologist’s hearing loss journey, and a special Toastmasters group. 

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Color photo of three baseball players in Seattle Mariner uniforms. All three are holding bats and grinning.

Seattle Mariners Host Deaf & Hard of Hearing Night

See potential Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez and his teammates triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 7:10 pm at a special Deaf & Hard of Hearing group event. You can purchase tickets directly here.

Color photo of a couple dozen people smiling

Local Chapter HLAA-Whatcom Honored with National HLAA Award

Congratulations to Washington State’s own HLAA-Whatcom County, named Chapter on a Mission at the HLAA 2022 convention in Tampa in June.

Read more about this very active chapter in our blog post.

Captioned Show Coming Soon at Gilbert & Sullivan Theater in Seattle

Buckle your swashes and join the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society for a captioned performance of The Pirates of Penzance on July 28th, 2022, at 7:30pm. Seats are located in the orchestra-right section in the newly renovated Bagley Wright Theater, with a clear view to the stage and captions. 

Contact Catherine Weatbrook (president at seattlegilbertandsullivan.com) to get these seats or if you have questions. 

HOPE Meeting July 6, 2022

Managing two cochlear implants, finding information on hearing-friendly venues, and using phone apps: These are some of the topics at our June 2022 HOPE meeting.

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

Always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

National Hearing Loss News

HLAA Convention in Tampa

Emerging technologies, becoming fabulous, making better captions, parenting, forming a resilient identity, hearing care disparities, CI research news, workplace inclusion, and more were all featured topics at the 2022 HLAA Convention in Tampa, Florida, June 23-25.

We encourage you to consider attending the convention next year in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 27-23, 2023, to learn, have fun, make new friends, and experience what’s like to be in a fully accessible (loops, captions) space.

Veterans Across America Virtual HLAA Chapter Meeting

For veterans, hearing loss is the most common cause of disability. To honor and support our veterans, HLAA created a national virtual support group especially for them. The group meets online via Zoom every month and is part of HLAA’s many services to veterans.

Sign up for the July 19, 2022, meeting and watch recordings of past meetings here.

Hearing Aids Are A-OK: TV News Star Shares Her Hearing Loss Journey with Viewers

In Tennessee, to help others with hearing loss, television meteorologist Meaghan Thomas has talked openly about her hearing loss and need for hearing aids. In return, Meaghan has received wonderful support and touching letters from viewers, including messages from children with hearing aids.

As part of her commitment to serving others, Meaghan has also emceed an HLAA Walk4Hearing. Thank you, Meaghan!

Captioned Toastmasters Group “Audible Talkers” Helps with Leadership, Communication Skills

Toastmasters have supported people in their speaking and leadership goals for decades, and now an international hearing-accessible (captioned) online Toastmasters group is available.

Follow the Audible Talkers on Facebook or join their Zoom meetings. Everyone is welcome.


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.

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