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  • 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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