Posted by: hlacentralma | March 7, 2018

Hearing Assisted Tour at MFA – March 24th, 2018

Tour the Museum of Fine Arts with hearing assistive technology!

The topic of the Saturday, March 24 tour is “Silver in the Americas”  as seen through the objects in the permanent collections at the MFA.

1.  To register, email Ronit Michom at or call 617-369-3189.
2.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (Silver in the Americas),  the date (March 24),  and the time of the tour  (10:30 a.m.).
3.  Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set.
4.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.
5.  Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed.
6.  Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.
7.  Email  if you register and are then unable to attend.
8.  Registration closes on March 16 unless the tour fills up before that time.

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let our tour leader Karen Moss ( and Ronit Minchom (  know via email even if it is the day of the tour.

Posted by: hlacentralma | March 6, 2018

Assistive Technology for People with Hearing Loss – workshop

Saturday, April 7, 2018   10:00 am– 12:00 noon at the Northborough Free Library

The Hearing Loss Association-Central Massachusetts Chapter is sponsoring a presentation on Assistive Technology for People with Hearing Loss.

There are times when hearing aids or a cochlear implant may not be enough to help us in listening situations. For example, are you able to hear everything in a staff meeting your place of employment; are you able to fully use the telephone or, participate in a community meeting and many more situations?  Hearing technology can help.

Ellen Perkins

Ellen Perkins

The presenters will be Ellen Perkins and Margaret Myatt.  Ellen is a Hard of Hearing Skills Trainer at Center for Living and Working in Worcester, MA.  Margaret serves on

the chapter’s steering committee.  Both have completed HLAA’s Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Seminar

Please come and bring your questions and thoughts. CART (Computer Aided Real Time Captioning) will be provided.   Light refreshments will also be provided.

First Timers Welcome… just show up!

Margaret Myatt

Margaret Myatt

There is ample free parking at the Northborough Library.   However, your GPS will bring you to the front of the library, where there is no parking. The parking lot is behind the library, accessed via Patty Lane. For more information please visit

Please email for more information on HLAA Central Massachusetts and notification of future events.

Posted by: hlacentralma | February 23, 2018

Dear Abby Recommends HLAA

Dear Abby header
DEAR ABBY: I am a 32-year-old late-deafened adult. I have been deaf in my right ear my whole life, but lost my hearing in my left ear after a tumor was removed when I was 27. I guess they are right when they say we are never fully prepared to lose things we have taken for granted for so long. I still have trouble communicating with people. I have taken a few sign language classes and four lip reading classes but I often feel like I’m no longer part of normal society. My question is, shouldn’t I have adjusted by now regarding how people see me since I have been without hearing for so long?

DEAR HEARING IMPAIRED: I have been told that the most isolating disability is being unable to hear. Please do not burden yourself by feeling you “should” have adjusted faster than you have. There is no set timetable for adjusting to any disability. Because you feel stuck in the process, the Hearing Loss Association of America may be helpful because they sponsor support groups in many state. Please check it out.

Did you read the above letter on the February 10, 2018, syndicated column by Dear Abby about hearing loss? Are you looking for more information or how to find an HLAA Chapter where you can find support in your community?

If your answer is YES, your decision to do something about your hearing health begins here.
You are not alone.

  • Are you having trouble hearing on the phone?
  • Are you bluffing about being able to hear well?
  • Are you avoiding activities that you enjoy?
  • Are you afraid to reveal your hearing loss because it might jeopardize your job?

If you answered YES to some or all of the above questions, you are not alone. One in five people in the U.S. has a hearing loss. These are common feelings and reactions but with reliable information and support you can live successfully with hearing loss.

Here are some FAQs that might give you the answers you need:


  • Visit a local HLAA Chapter
    HLAA Chapters, volunteer run, hold educational programs, present opportunities to meet others with hearing and learn about local resources, all in a hearing-friendly place.
  • Join the Hearing Loss Association of America
    Receive our magazine Hearing Life, for human-interest stories, timely information about assistive technology, research, medical advances, and HLAA’s public policy work on hearing aid compatible phones, captioning on TV and phones, hearing in airports, public places, theaters, and more.
  • Walk4Hearing
    Register today and join thousands who Walk4Hearing in communities across the country.
  • Come to the HLAA 2018 Convention, Minneapolis, June 21-24
    This is a convention just for you – people who want to hear better or live well with hearing loss. Every session has a hearing loop and is captioned. This year we feature a Research Symposium on Hearing in Noise and workshops covering many topics including hearing loss in medical settings. Anyone can attend the Trade Show & Exhibit Hall for free for the latest in technology or register onsite for a day. Out of towners can register for the full convention and make hotel reservations.
  • Sign up for the free online Hearing Life e-News
    The Hearing Life e-News gives you breaking news of the day. You will learn what the current issues are and how HLAA is working for you at the federal level.
  • Tune in to one of the HLAA Webinars, all free and captioned.
  • Contact us
    For more information or to answer any questions
Posted by: hlacentralma | February 8, 2018

Save the Dates! HLA Central MA Chapter Gatherings

Please save the following dates for our upcoming meetings:
      Saturday April 7th from 10:00 am to 12 noon
      Saturday May 19th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 Pm
      Saturday September 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
All meetings will be held at the Northboro Library. There will be CART ( computer aided real time captioning)
Stay tuned for more details as we  are in the process of contacting/confirming speakers for topics related to Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Technology, and Coping with Hearing Loss.
If you have any suggestions for topics and speakers, please email by responding to this email.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you!
HLAA Central MA’s steering Committee
Beth Wilson
Margaret Myatt
Gina Constantino
Gloria and Stan Radler
Tina Thompson
Posted by: hlacentralma | February 3, 2018

New Captioning App for Android Phones

Speech2RTT® is an Android application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet. It works over cellular networks and for Wi-Fi calling.

Speech2RTT® captions and then streams the text of what is being said, in real-time, between individuals. If a user cannot speak, or opts not to speak, they can type what they want to say in real-time.

Speech2RTT® accommodates users in 96 countries speaking any one of 68 languages. Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved. No limits are imposed on the length of communications. Speech2RTT® offers free RTT communications, even internationally. Best of all, it is being offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed.

For more information on Speech2RTT Communicator visit:

Major benefits include:

  • Enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet;
  • Works over all cellular networks, worldwide;
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi calling applications;
  • Accommodates users in 96 countries;
  • Transcribes speech to text, in real-time, in 68 languages;
  • Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved;
  • No limits are imposed on the length of communications.
  • Offers free RTT communications, worldwide and internationally;
  • Offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed.
  • Offers 24×7 Availability with absolutely no waiting;
  • Provides customized word prediction, and word expansion, via specialized keyboard;
  • Enables users to communicate “on the go” since it is a mobile app;
  • Fast communications: less than 300 ms latency streaming from one device to another;
  • No voice-training is needed, even with accents.


  • Android

Development Team

  • IDEAL Group
Posted by: hlacentralma | February 3, 2018

The Humans – Open Captioned Performance at the Shubert Theatre

The Shubert Theater is located on 270 Tremont Street in Boston. There is a parking garage across the street from the Theater.: Here is the info:

The Humans
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm
Shubert Theatre

All tickets $46.50,  GET TICKETS

Purchase tickets today for the ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned performance of The Humans on 3/20/18. All seats are located in the Orchestra (floor level) and are in direct sight line of the ASL Interpreter. All tickets $46.50.

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

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