Telephones and Hearing Loss – let’s find solutions that work for you!

Saturday, September 7, 2019  2:00 – 4:00 PM
Northborough Public Library, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA

Please join HLAA Central Massachusetts Chapter to learn how to make the most of your mobile or landline phone when you have a hearing loss.

 

 

• Apps for hearing loss

• Captioning

• Purchasing advice

• Emergency alerts

• Text to 9-1-1

• Work and home solutions

• Two ears are better than one

 

 

Presented by: Andrea Kaneb

Andrea is an educator and advocate for people with hearing loss.

She uses her own lifelong hearing loss experiences and engineering background to offer tools and strategies aside from hearing aids/cochlear implants that people too often don’ t know about.

She is a member of the Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (NCHATT, NIDILRR grant #90RE5020) which does not sell or endorse any products..

 

CART is provided (that’s “Communication Access Realtime Translation” so you can read everything being said during this meeting and won’t miss anything!)

The Northborough Library parking lot is accessed by Patty Lane.

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 http://www.northboroughlibrary.org/hours.asp

 

Posted by: hlacentralma | July 2, 2019

American Sign Language – Classes – Autumn, 2019

Fall 2019 ASL Classes!

Three Levels – at the College of the Holy Cross

10-week classes with a deaf instructor.

Starting September 9, 2019

Registration deadline is September 4, 2019

Posted by: hlacentralma | May 28, 2019

New England HLAA Chapters Turn Out for All-Day Workshop

New England HLAA Chapters Turn Out for All-Day Workshop

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Central Massachusetts Leader Beth Wilson warms up the audience.

May 17, 2019: People came from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont for a day of learning and dialog. HLAA Central Massachusetts Chapter Leader Beth Wilson, Ph.D., and members of that chapter organized the event at the Northborough (MA) Public Library.

Kevin Franck, Ph.D., HLAA Board of Trustees member and director of audiology at the Mass. Eye and Ear Institute, talked about Over-the-Counter hearing devices. He walked the audience through how the new law for OTC came about, why, and what the future might look like.

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley spoke in the afternoon about HLAA and reflected on the last 40 years of the organization. She also enthusiastically talked about the work of HLAA now and what we can look forward to in the future.

Stephen A. Florio, the new commissioner of the Massachusetts Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing attended and encouraged HLAA Chapter members to get involved in advocacy and make their voices heard. He cited the recent Maryland hearing loop law that Governor Hogan signed as an example of what people can do in their states.

Peggy Ellertsen, Newton resident and member of the HLAA Board of Trustees, said, “I noticed on all of the faces of people in the room what I think was a sense of great pride in the quality of what our association continues to accomplish.”

Thank you to all the HLAA members and guests who came out for the day.

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HLAA Board of Trustee Members Nancy Sonnabend (Boston) and Peggy Ellertson (Newton) enjoy the New England Chapters meeting.

 

Posted by: hlacentralma | May 24, 2019

Join HLAA and Enjoy Benefits

HearOclub Battery TesterNEW Membership Benefit (U.S. memberships only)
hearOclub is a hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service which delivers DieHard brand batteries on a set schedule (with free shipping!). New HLAA members sign up for hearOclub using a coupon code online at hearoclub.com or by calling 833.LISTEN-2 (833.547.8362). Look for the coupon code in the email confirmation when you join or renew, or in the New Member Packet which will arrive in your mailbox. Current members, sign up todayusing the coupon code HLAAmember at hearoclub.com.

Sign up for a hearOclub subscription and receive $30 worth of free batteries plus a battery tester keychain – a total value of $40, exclusive to HLAA members!

Attention cochlear implant users! hearOclub now offers a 675P battery. See more information at hearOclub.com/cochlear.


For more information click on

https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/


Membership Benefits

HLAA members have the knowledge that they are an active participant in a highly-respected organization that is a force for change working on behalf of people with hearing loss.

Individual/Couple/Student Member Benefits

  • Hearing Life – the bimonthly magazine about the latest technology, products and information about how to live well with hearing loss. Read stories from people who have hearing loss as well as articles from leading professionals in the field. HLAA members have access to the online version of Hearing Life before it arrives in the mail.
  • Discounted rate to the annual HLAA Convention held in various cities across the country (discount also applies to all members in the Couple/Family membership)
  • Discounts on certain products and services.HLAA does not endorse the product or service discounts offered on this page, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. 
  • The support found in our extensive network of chapters
  • Online activities such as HLAA Webinars (captioned), forums, groups for young adults, parents, surveys, Hearing Life e-News, and more
  • Participation in advocacy campaigns

HearOclub Battery TesterNEW Membership Benefit (U.S. memberships only)
hearOclub is a hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service which delivers DieHard brand batteries on a set schedule (with free shipping!). New HLAA members sign up for hearOclub using a coupon code online at hearoclub.com or by calling 833.LISTEN-2 (833.547.8362). Look for the coupon code in the email confirmation when you join or renew, or in the New Member Packet which will arrive in your mailbox. Current members, sign up todayusing the coupon code HLAAmember at hearoclub.com.

Sign up for a hearOclub subscription and receive $30 worth of free batteries plus a battery tester keychain – a total value of $40, exclusive to HLAA members!

Attention cochlear implant users! hearOclub now offers a 675P battery. See more information at hearOclub.com/cochlear.

Posted by: hlacentralma | May 8, 2019

Learn About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids -May 18, 2019

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Central MA Chapter Program

May 18, 2019 at the Northborough Public Library

Kevin Franck: Over the Counter Hearing Aids (10 am to noon)

Barbara Kelley: Saying Yes to the Future (1 to 3 pm)

Kevin Franck, HLAA Board of Trustees member and Director of Audiology at MA Eye and Ear Institute, will present information on Over-the-Counter hearing aids during the morning presentation.  Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, will provide insights from the national perspective on a range of topics related to hearing loss during the afternoon presentation.   CART (Computer Aided Real Time captioning) will be provided.

From 10:00 am – 12 noon “Over the Counter Hearing Aids”

Please come to this informative session about the new, soon-to-be-available over-the-counter hearing aids.  What are “Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids” and how are they different from traditional hearing aids? Who would likely be able to benefit from these?  How might this affect hearing aid prices?  The presenter will be Kevin Franck, HLAA Board of Trustees member and Director of Audiology at MA Eye and Ear Institute.  Kevin will fill us in on this topic and answer our questions.  Come join us to learn more about OTC hearing aids.

From 1:00 – 3:00 pm “Saying Yes to the Future”

In addition to the morning presentation, there will be a special afternoon presentation from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley will visit us from Bethesda, MD to provide insights from a national perspective. This is an exciting opportunity to learn what is happening across our organization and what HLAA is doing to impact our future.  HLAA has been a source of significant impact in promoting hearing access since it started 40 years ago.  Come join us to learn where HLAA is going next.

Those who will attend both sessions are invited to a simple lunch which will be served from 12:30 to 1:00. RSVP is required in order to assist us in the head count. Please respond by email (HLAACentralMA@gmail.com). 

The Northborough Library parking lot is accessed by Patty Lane.

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 http://www.northboroughlibrary.org/hours.asp

 

Posted by: hlacentralma | April 4, 2019

First Look at the Bose Hearing Aid

Self-Fitting Bose “Hearing Aid” Resembles Bose Hearphones

Hearing Tracker has gotten a first look at the FDA’s documentation for the much-anticipated Bose Hearing Aid. The product’s physical form factor looks nearly identical to the consumer-electronic giant’s last hearing-assistive product, the Bose “Hearphones”. But the Bose Hearing Aid is the first FDA-approved hearing aid in a newly-minted category of products known as “self-fitting air-conduction hearing aids.” Read more.

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