News for HLAA-WA, February 27, 2024

Our annual meeting registration is now open, a local member gets published, World Hearing Day March 3rd, and more hearing loss news.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

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: inevitable, reality: preventable
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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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