News for HLAA-WA, December 19, 2023

A thoughtful hearing loss journey story, building diversity in HLAA’s work, and more hearing loss news from Washington State and across the country.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

More Than Getting By: A Hearing Loss Story

In this thoughtful, poignant article in Seattle Met magazine, Allecia Vermillion shares the story of her husband’s hearing loss, how it impacted him and those around him, and how he’s charting a new future for his family.

Note: Private insurance coverage for hearing aids will be available for many Washingtonians on January 1, 2024, thanks to HLAA-WA and other hearing loss advocates. We’ve let the author know.

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Our Next Renton Support Meeting is January 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. Free.

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Hearing-Friendly Holiday Fun at Village Theater and Elsewhere, Too

Live events can be a terrific way to make memories with your loved ones during the holidays. Our president Cheri Perazzoli and her family visited Village Theater in Issaquah to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical this past week. Both of Village Theater’s locations in Issaquah and Everett have hearing loop assistive listening systems. Cheri reports that the loops are working great.

Village Theater also has captioned and ASL performances on certain dates, generally one show per play, so check their accessibility page for more details.

Beautiful will play until December 30, 2024, in Issaquah and January 6 – January 28, 2024, in Everett.

For more hearing-accessible holiday events, see our events page.

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Next Hope Meeting with Special Guest, January 2, 2024

Learn about tinnitus and how hearing loss impacts brain health at our January 2024 HOPE meeting.
Special guest Dr. Megan Nightingale will share her knowledge and answer your questions.
Dr. Nightingale is an audiologist at Peninsula Hearing in Poulsbo.

Remember, all our HOPE meetings are free, captioned, and open to everyone.

january 2024 HOPE meeting, special guest speaker, doctor megan Nightingale, the neuroscience of tinnitus and dementia and the impact of hearing loss on brain health, january 3, 2024, 4 pm via Zoom, free, captioned, open to everyone.

National Hearing Loss News

Hearing Tech Goes Beyond Listening
What’s Next?

Hearing aids are becoming a “whole health product,” according to this fascinating Wall Street Journal podcast. Some hearing aids can isolate specific sounds, count your steps, and know if you’ve fallen. Even more interesting tech is coming in the future, such as gait monitoring to assess fall risk and mood tracking via artificial intelligence.

The podcast’s panel includes hearing loss researcher Dr. Frank Lin from Johns Hopkins.

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Include the HLAA Convention in Your 2024 Travel Plans

One reason to attend an HLAA convention: It’s a good way to make friends who understand your hearing loss journey. We’ve found that it’s easier to relax and communicate in a fully hearing-accessible environment. At every convention, several social events are designed to help people get to know one another, and they’re always fun. If you’re a first-time attendee, scholarships may be available.

Read more about the 2024 convention, which is June 26-29, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Hearing Life Magazine Features Diversity in Hearing Loss Advocacy, Support

Inclusion means not only serving people with hearing loss, but also reaching out to specific types of communities who may need help, support, and services for their members with hearing loss.

In the latest Hearing Life magazine, read about how HLAA is connecting with different communities in creative ways, such as programs that are bridging the gap to Indian Americans and to diverse communities in Atlanta.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

Find a Venue with Hearing Loops on Google Maps Before You Go

Have you missed an event, meeting, or other outing because you didn’t know if hearing access would be available?

Now, thanks to efforts by HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program, you can check Google Maps to see if a place has a hearing loop before you leave home. This blog post explains more about why this is a game-changer for people with hearing loss.

Watch this video for a demonstration on how and where to look for hearing loops on a venue’s Google Maps listing. You can also offer reviews of hearing loops, and you let the GITHL team know a space has a hearing loop.

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Happy Holidays!

We wish you peace and joy this holiday season.

To support our work now and into 2024, visit our Get Involved webpage. To donate, visit our Support page.

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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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