Staying Connected When You Have a Hearing Loss, Tech Tips, and More Notes from our July HOPE meeting

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If you missed our June 2024 HOPE hearing loss online support meeting, here are the notes and some helpful links.

Notes from HOPE meetings are always available on our blog shortly after the meeting. You can read more about our HOPE program here.

HLAA National Convention Highlights

Participants shared highlights from the national HLAA convention in June in Phoenix.

  • Cliff Olson’s advice and videos: Audiologist Dr. Cliff Olson presented on audiologists’ best practices, how to pick the best hearing aids for you, and more. Watch his videos on his YouTube channel, which is highly recommended by attendees. You can even get a consult with him.
  • Emotional side of hearing loss and self-empowerment were also well-received presentations.
  • Meeting people: Meeting new and old friends was a convention highlight.
  • Get in the Hearing Loop/Industry Lunch: This meeting brought together hearing loop advocates and industry representatives, including an audiologist and folks from Bluetooth and hearing aid and hearing loop manufacturers. The goal was to collaborate to develop hearing aids that are public assistive listening system ready.
  • Hearing assistance: Hearing assistance at the convention hotel could be improved by offering a hearing/assistive listening kit and an assistive listening device at the check-in desk. Some Washington State hotels do offer these kits.
  • Feedback is encouraged. Please send constructive feedback to Melissa at HLAA so we can continue to improve our conventions.

Hearing Loss Tech Tips

  • Magnetic field concerns: Hearing loops are not generally considered to be a harmful source of electrical or magnetic fields. But if someone is concerned about the magnetic field around a hearing loop or another source, they can use a radiofrequency (RF) meter, available on Amazon.
  • Speech-to-text apps for smartphones: Android users can try LiveTranscribe to see their calls as text; iPhone users can use LiveListen or LiveTranscript. LiveCaptions are available in FaceTime. Otter and AVA are other downloadable apps that will show speech as text. One participant has had billing problems with Otter.
  • Experimenting with Auracast: Auracast is an assistive listening system powered by low-energy Bluetooth audio. Testing of Auracast was offered at the convention. One participant said when she tried Auracast with her ReSound hearing aid (which has the tech needed to receive Auracast), it felt immersive, like surround-sound. Another participant said she had to use the generic hearing aids they gave her, and the Auracast signal was weak. Another participant said that when testing Auracast through headphones, the signal was loud but she got a lot of feedback from her hearing aids, so she was constantly adjusting them. For her, it was similar to an FM system. The idea behind Auracast is that everyone, even people without hearing loss, will benefit from this technology. But today, we still need telecoils.

Staying Connected with Others When You Have a Hearing Loss

One participant talked about an experience at a “Paint & Sip” event. It wasn’t easy for him to hear the teacher, even with small speakers around the room. So he appreciated having someone with good hearing go with him, so that they could repeat and clarify what the teacher said. The participant suggested that bringing someone along to these types of events can be a huge help.

Also, the participant noted that that it’s tough at times for him to get out and connect with others, but he’s going to try to do so, because it helps him with his mental health challenges. Other participants sympathized with these challenges, especially participants who live alone and participants who long to connect with family but can’t hear them well.

Participants shared ways that they connect with others:

  • Walking the dog and chatting with neighbors
  • Going to a dog park–even if you don’t have a dog. Watching the dogs play and chatting with others.
  • Playing card games like cribbage
  • Playing cornhole
  • Bringing a mini-mic like a RogerPen wherever you go. You can network several Roger Pens.
  • Going to book clubs
  • Maintaining a sense of humor
  • Continuing to ask for accommodations

Hearing Aid Help, Our Picnic Next Weekend, and More News

Welcome to our July news! Our next newsletter arrives August 6, 2024.

Washington State Hearing Loss News

Our Annual Picnic Is Next Weekend!

You’re invited to our annual picnic at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, on July 20, 2024, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We’ll eat at noon.

A hearing loop and PA system are provided so we can hear one another better–thank you, Spencer Norby. We’ll have a FREE raffle with dozens of prizes coordinated by Sandy Bunning, barbecued hot dogs and sausages by grillmaster Rick Faunt, and more. We’ll provide coolers, ice, condiments like ketchup, chips, water, and coffee.

Everyone is welcome, including friends and family. Feel free to bring something to share, about 8 servings: If your last name is A-L, please feel free to bring a dessert or a side; M-Z folks, please feel free to bring a salad. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. Seating is limited, so you may want to bring a lawn chair, camp chair, or blanket.

Lake Boren Park is at 13058 SE 84th Way, in Newcastle, Washington, not far from Bellevue. We’ll be in the covered park area #2.

New Hearing Aids. What’s Next?

It can take a little time and effort to get used to new hearing aids. But it’s worth it.

Audiologist Ashima Verma offers some good advice on our blog this week, including on what to do if your own voice sounds too loud, where to find auditory training, and how music might help.

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Captions on Televisions in Public: It’s the Law

Televisions in public places are required to have captions turned on–always on. This is thanks to a law we helped pass in 2021.

Our blog post offers more details. You can also check out this helpful article from our friends at DeafFriendly Review. Please feel free to share our blog post and the links we included with restaurants, offices, bars, or anywhere you need captions on a television to enjoy a program, receive safety and other information, or simply relax and participate as others do.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Test a New Assistive Listening System in Olympia

Do you have some time to help us test a new assistive listening system at the ODHH offices in Olympia this Wednesday, July 10, from 10:00 am till noon?

The folks at ODHH have installed a Williams AV FM 558 Pro, which is said to be compatible with both Bluetooth and telecoil hearing aids and cochlear implants. The local Avidex AV team is conducting the training and testing in the Blake East Building in the Rose Conference Room.

If you can attend and perhaps help carpool, please let us know: cheri.perazzoli@loopwashington.org.

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National Hearing Loss News

Disability Pride Month: Checking Our Biases

The word “disability” doesn’t need to bring up negative feelings or connotations. In fact, by checking our biases and learning from others, we can help make the world a better place for people with disabilities of all kinds, including hearing loss.

We like this video from Blair Imani on disability pride, and this article from our friends at The Arc that talks about what else we can do to support Disability Pride. You can find a toolkit with ways to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary here.

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Huey Lewis Speaks Up About Hearing Loss

Remember the 80s pop star Huey Lewis? He’s been forthcoming about his hearing loss, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Here’s a cool interview with him from WNYC radio. We didn’t see a transcript for the audio interview, but let us know if you find one.

Photo credit: “All Star musician, Huey Lewis” by Rafael Amado Deras is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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The Cure for Noisy Restaurants

Restaurants can be really frustrating when you have a hearing loss. Yet dining out with loved ones can create really lovely memories.

The Washington Posts discusses why restaurants are so maddeningly loud and what we can do. Why restaurants are so loud, and what science says we can do about it – Washington Post

Hat-tip to Carolyn Odio for this story.

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Hearing Aids 101: Understanding the Complexities

Choosing a hearing aid isn’t a straightforward process. Here are some important things to know, such as why hearing aids aren’t like eyeglasses, the types and styles of hearing aids, and key features to consider.

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Treatment for Tinnitus Uses Your Tongue

You might have heard about a new, FDA-approved treatment that may help your tinnitus. The device, called Lenire, stimulates your tongue while generating sounds. The goal is to train your brain, in a sense, to pay less attention to the tinnitus.

Read more in this NPR article. If you’re interested, you can find a clinic that offers Lenire here.

If you’ve tried this new tinnitus treatment, please let us know how it works for you: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

Pass-Through Spaces Need Loops, Too

Sometimes called “transient spaces,” these are the places you pass through briefly: information desks, ticket booths, and checkout counters. It can be really difficult to hear in those contexts, but an assistive listening system can improve customer service and communication, and help keep the line moving.

Hearing loops can help in these types of places. Read more from The Center for Hearing Access at The Shedd Institute.

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Hearing Loss Support Groups and Other Events

Hearing Access Awaiteth Thee at the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival continues through the summer and into the fall with ASL planned performances, assistive listening devices, and closed caption tablets in several theaters.

You can currently get tickets for Macbeth, Virgins to Villains, Lizard Boy (an indie rock musical), Coriolanus, and many more.

Mariners Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Night

The Seattle Mariners are in first place in their division. At least for now. Really!

So why not join them for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Night on September 28, 2024. Tickets are specially priced at $45 for the Main Level and $25 for View Level.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Ashima Verma, aashima.verma10@gmail.com. Ashima will coordinate our group attendance. If we have 20 or more fans in our group, we get free tickets and an announcement on the screen.

HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting
July 20, 2024

The award-winning HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 am, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Bellingham. At July’s meeting, the topic is “How We Have Fun!”

Virtual Hearing Loss Support Meeting
Find HOPE on August 7, 2024

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.

Read the notes from the July HOPE meeting here. The group talked about healthcare access, restaurant TV caption, and more.

HOPE meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm. We hope you can join us! 

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NO Renton Hearing Loss Support Group
Meeting in July or August

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.

We’ll see you in September!

Seattle-Area ASL Social Events Offered

Seattle has an active community of people who use ASL. Several groups offer different events, and you’re sure to find one you like. Here’s a sampling:


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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?

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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Awards and Scholarship Winners, Access, BAHA Hearing Aids, and More News

Welcome to our June news! Our next newsletter arrives July 9, 2024. Until then, we’ll see you in Phoenix at the HLAA convention!

Washington State Hearing Loss News

What’s a BAHA Hearing Aid, Anyway?

In this three-part blog series, “The Things We Do When We Have a Hearing Loss,” Rick Faunt writes with humor and wisdom about his hearing loss journey. In the third and final post, he discusses his surgery and recovery, and why a BAHA was a good solution for his hearing loss.

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Local Hearing Loss Advocates Receive National Awards

Four Washington State advocates will receive national HLAA awards this month at the HLAA convention in Phoenix.

Find out who in this blog post.

We’re beaming with pride and gratitude.

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We’re Looking for a New Treasurer. Is It You?

Our longtime treasurer and board member Rick Faunt is stepping down this year. That means you have an opportunity to join our board.

Read more about what’s involved with the role and find out how to apply on our website.

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Reminder: Our Annual Picnic Is July 20

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. We’ll have a raffle and perhaps some open mic and sharing.

Stay tuned for more details.

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You Want to Talk to My Caregiver?
Stories from Life with Hearing Loss

In a recent trip to a “Buy-A-Lot-Co” store, hearing loss advocate Greg Bawden encountered a strange reaction from a staff member when he pointed out that staff needed training in communicating with hard-of-hearing folks.

Greg describes what happened and what he did next in an article on his LinkedIn page.

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Whatcom County Chapter Announces 2024
Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Jace Stanley and Jesse Stewart winners of HLAA-Whatcom County’s Founders Fund scholarships. Both Jace and Jesse attend Lynden High School, and each is now eligible to receive $500 a year for up to 4 years of post-secondary education.

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News from the Washington State Association of the Deaf: Emergency Planning, Community Art, and More

  • Community Meeting with the Everett Police Department – Learn about how the Everett police plan to better serve the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 2:00 pm at the Everett Police office, 1121 SE Everett Mall Way. Captions and ASL provided.
  • The Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Planning is working on distribution of ASL emergency alerts, interpreter availability, and ASL classes for the Emergency Management Division.
  • Deaf Spotlight is showcasing a community art exhibit, “Summer Solstice,” June 1 – 30th, 2024. The exhibit also features a reception on June 22, 2024.
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Local Classes Aim to Help You Prevent Falls

Hearing loss is linked to an increased risk of falling. Beyond getting hearing aids, what else can you do to reduce the risk of a tumble?

Several different types of falls prevention classes are available not only in King County, but across the state. Project Enhance Fitness, Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), Otago, and a Matter of Balance (MOB) classes are available, and in long-term care facilities, a program called STEADI is being tested.

For more information, check out your local senior and community centers. You can also check these resources for more classes, home safety checklists, videos, and more about preventing falls.

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National Hearing Loss News

Telehealth Accessibility Is Long Overdue

Telehealth can be a huge help in getting care, especially if you have a disability, live in a rural area, or have barriers to getting to a doctor’s office.

One barrier that needs to be addressed to ensure equal access: telehealth accessibility. Telehealth captions are needed for millions of people who have a hearing loss.

More in this article in STAT News.

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Deaf Filmmaker Tells Stories in a Different Way

This story caught our attention. Deaf filmmaker Alison O’Daniel is the director of Tuba Thieves, a film that takes a very different approach to filmmaking.

“The goal was to make the viewer feel the film physically, and be very active. And also to recreate a visual version of the feeling I have with my hearing: a lack of clarity or ownership over the image,” she says in this PBS article.

Tuba Thieves has shown on the film festival circuit, including at Sundance, but you can also watch it on the PBS Independent Lens website.

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Airport Hearing Accessibility Improvements Arriving Soon

Few places can be more frustrating than airports, especially if you’re trying to hear announcements, talk to a gate agent, or find your way around.

Good news: Flying while you have a hearing loss is about to get easier.

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Spotlight

How Do I Pay for a Hearing Loop?

Hearing loop advocates often get the question, “But how do I pay for the loop?” There are lots of ways, including direct fundraising from parishioners, patrons, and the community.

But there are lots of other ways. Here’s a list of ways to help fund hearing loops at different types of venues.

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Airport Loops Await You in Phoenix, Memphis

If you’re headed to the HLAA convention in Phoenix this month, be sure to use the hearing loops at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Thank you to the wonderful hearing loss advocates in Arizona (Michele Michaels!) who made that happen.

If you trip takes you through Memphis, we’ve learned that there are loops throughout the Memphis airport, too. Ditto for the Albuquerque and Grand Rapids airports.

We encourage you to turn your hearing aid to T or telecoil mode and tune into the airport loops to make your trip easier and more comfortable.

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Hearing Loss Events

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.

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

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Virtual Hearing Loss Support Meeting
Find HOPE on July 3, 2024

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.

Read the notes from the June HOPE meeting here. The group talked about healthcare access, restaurant TV caption, and more.

HOPE meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm. We hope you can join us! 

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Learn About ODHH’s Case Management Services at Meetings Across the State

Understand your rights, find out how case managers can help you, and discover new resources and services at three community meetings coming up in June with the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH).

  • Tuesday, June 11, 10 – 11 am, Bellingham DSHS, 2219 Rimland Drive, Suite 419, Bellingham
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2 – 3 pm, Seattle DSHS, 1700 East Cherry Street, Suite 200, Seattle.
  • Wednesday, June 12, 10 – 11 am, Tacoma DSHS Centennial Building, 1949 S State Street, Tacoma.

Captioning and ASL provided. Free.

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Last Chance to Register for the HLAA Convention

Celebrate with friends old and new at the Welcome Back Bash and the Awards Ceremony, learn about new technologies, and soak up some Arizona sunshine at the 2024 HLAA convention, June 26-29, 2024 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse in Phoenix.

We’ll be there. Will you?

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Happy Pride Month

At HLAA-WA, we wish our friends and members in the LGBTQ+ community a very Happy Pride Month in June.

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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?

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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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Local Hearing Loss Advocates Win National Awards

Congratulations to four local hearing loss advocates who won national HLAA awards!

  • Cynthia Stewart, HLAA-WA Legislative Liaison: Excellence in State Advocacy Award
  • Jill Bujnevicie and Hugo Esterhay : Excellence in State Advocacy Awards
  • Kimberly Parker, HOPE Crew: Spirit of HLAA Award

Cynthia, Jill, and Hugo will be recognized for their leadership in passing two hearing aid bills in the Washington State legislature last year. Kimberly will be honored for her leadership of our HOPE program and for embodying the spirit of service and compassion for people with hearing loss.

The awards will be given on June 29, 2024, at the awards gala at the HLAA 2024 Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, Resilience, and More:
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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