Posted by: hlacentralma | December 5, 2020

Trinity Rep’s Christmas Carol is Online, Captioned, and Free!

Trinity Repertory Company’s Christmas Carol is online, captioned, and free!
You can register for the link to Trinity Rep’s online performance of A Christmas Carol using one of the links at
Here is the information we received from Trinity Rep:
“Those who register will be able to watch the hour-long video anytime and as many times as they want between noon on December 17 and January 10. Schools who register will also receive a study guide to connect the story with their curriculum. The family-friendly video combines the best of Trinity Rep’s holiday tradition with elements of new media that make it a dynamic and engaging way to celebrate the season.”
“While watching the video of A Christmas Carol, viewers can turn on captions in English or Spanish, or leave them off.”
Why Trinity Rep’s Christmas Carol?
I have attended the Trinity Rep’s Christmas Carol performance every year since I discovered this Providence, RI theater in the 1990s.  Every year the performance is different and unique.  I can’t wait to see what they have done with this virtual event!  
When we moved to Massachusetts in 2002, we continued to think of Trinity Rep as “our” theater and have attended their open captioned performances.  We love the theater, the acting company, and its commitment to hearing access.  The HLAA RI chapter has worked with the theater staff over the years to obtain and upgrade the assistive devices.  Tina worked with the theater to secure a TDF grant in 2007 to explore open captioning.  The effort was a success and the theater made a commitment to continue the captioning after the grant period.  In recent years, they have expanded the number of performances that are captioned.  
The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but it has provided an opportunity to erase geographic boundaries.  By Thanksgiving, Trinity reported over 80,000 viewers so far from 47 states and 10 countries.  We can share this hearing accessible holiday event with everyone in HLAA!
– Beth and Tina
Posted by: hlacentralma | December 4, 2020

Winter Safety and Virtual Holiday Party – CLW



The Center for Living and Working invites you to Winter Safety and a virtual holiday party: 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Learn About:

  • Winter health/safety
  • Pet safety
  • Winter storm preparation
  • Fall prevention and tips for walking safely in snow and ice
  • …and more!

After the Winter Safety presentation, JOIN our virtual Holiday celebration!

Presentation will be in ASL—Don’t know ASL but still want to attend? Let us know as soon as possible and we will request an interpreter or CART!

Please RSVP so we can send you the Zoom link!


Questions? Contact Denise Paro, 508-762-1164 (VP)       or    Email:


Posted by: hlacentralma | November 29, 2020

Shari Eberts of HLAA Was Interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR)

Shari Eberts, hearing loss advocate and HLAA National board member, was interviewed by NPR’s Peter O’Dowd on Here and Now about Zoom and the lack of captioning on their free accounts.  It is well worth a listen and here’s a link to the podcast and transcript:
Posted by: hlacentralma | November 6, 2020

Virtual HLAA Chapter Meetings – all are welcome

Assistive Hearing and OTC Devices-Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
HLAA Mission Viejo Chapter Virtual Meeting

Organizer: Toni Barrient 949-391-9756 text

Description: Popular Professor, Fan-Gang (UCI Researcher) will present his ongoing research about technologies that help people hear including over the counter devices like AirPods.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Nov 10, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time, 2:00 pm EST. Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here are more upcoming virtual events:

  • Saturday November 14 at 4pm: HLAA Virtual Meeting hosted by HLAA California Association – “Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss?”
  • Tuesday November 17 at 8pm: HLAA Veterans Across America – “What’s in your Hearing Rucksack?”
  • Wednesday November 18 at 4pm: HLAA Plymouth Chapter – “A Life in Music Lost and Found”
  • Saturday December 5 at 4pm: Hear at Boston Chapter – “Holiday ‘HAT’ Check”

Saturday November 14: 4pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA California State Association virtual meeting

“Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss?”

Speaker: Alison Freeman

Join our next virtual meeting to learn some tips and strategies on how to deal with hearing loss during the holidays ahead. Speaker Alison Freeman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who works part-time at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with both hearing and hard of hearing/deaf/Deaf students. She also has a private practice and is doing teletherapy during the pandemic. She has had a severe hearing loss since early childhood, was orally trained, and is a long-time member of HLAA (she knew Founder Rocky Stone!).

Register at

Tuesday November 17: 8pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA Veterans Across America virtual meeting

“What’s in your Hearing Rucksack?”

Speaker: Juliette Sterkens

Most people with hearing loss will say they can hear just fine but that they have difficulty understanding speech, particularly in background noise, watching TV or while attending religious services, a lecture or theater performances even when using the most modern, up-to-date hearing aids. This lecture will go beyond hearing aids and will help you become an informed consumer to get the hearing care and technology from the VA that will work for you.

Juliëtte Sterkens is the HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate and professional advisor to HLAA on Hearing Loop Technology.

Register at

Wednesday November 18: 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA Plymouth Chapter virtual meeting

“A Life in Music Lost and Found”

Speaker: Betty Hauck

Betty Hauck, who was supposed to perform with the violin and viola for our chapter at the Plymouth Public Library, on March 18, 2020 (just before the pandemic started), will be talking A LIFE IN MUSIC LOST & FOUND: My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss. Betty was featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss, which was reprised as a favorite story of 2018.

Contact Sandy Spekman ( to request the link.

Saturday December 5: 4pm (Eastern Time)

HLAA Boston Chapter (Hear at Boston) virtual meeting

“Holiday ‘HAT’ Check”

Tools to help you live with hearing loss – bring and share a favorite device that helps you with safety, stress, and relates to hearing loss.

Join Zoom Meeting at

HLAA Virtual Meeting Recordings

You can view recordings of past Hearing Loss virtual meetings at:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Open Chapter  Meetings

When: Repeats: Monthly on the third Thursday, 18 times
Thursday, 19 November 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Eastern Standard Time
Oklahoma City, OK

Organizer: Central OK Chapter 4056405152

Come Zoom with OKC! Our amazing monthly meetings have gone virtual and we hope to be a helpful online resource during this difficult time. Each month we host informative lectures and Q&As on a variety of hearing loss topics. We keep it pretty casual because hearing loss is real and we should be too.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 12-1:00pm Central Time. (11:30-12:00 meet and greet)

EMAIL ANA at for your invitation which you are welcome to share privately with your chapter (just don’t post it online) as well as anyone with two ears 👂 We love visitors so see y’all there!

This is a virtual meeting presented by Jonathan O’Dell about our hearing: Why You’re Losing It and Why What You Don’t Know May Hurt You.Friday, October 16, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, ET

Are you struggling with hearing loss, or is a family or friend struggling with hearing loss? Jonathan O’Dell, assistive technology manager and training specialist at Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, discusses cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, movie theater access, Bluetooth streaming, amplified and captioned phones, applicable laws for communication, and making your home accessible.
Brought to the Cary Library in partnership with the Lexington Senior Services. Closed Captioning will be provided by CART.
Please register for this meeting and you will receive the program link in the confirmation and reminder notices – please check your spam folder for the emails and scroll to the bottom for the link. This program will be recorded with permission and we will upload it to our YouTube channel.
Below is the registration link.
When you register, a link to join the meeting will be sent to you.
Contact us at with any questions.
Sponsored by the Cary Library Foundation.


Posted by: hlacentralma | October 3, 2020

A Life in Music: Lost and Found – Worcester TV

Worcester Television will be broadcasting this presentation on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 4:00 pm.  Also, Thursday, October 8th at 10:00 am, Friday, October 9th, at 6:00 pm, Saturday, and October 10th at 1:00 pm.  Community TV, Channel 192.  Sponsored by the Worcester Senior Center

My Journey as a Musician with Hearing LossBettyHauck

A “Talk and Play” presentation
by Betty Hauck, viola and violin

For 50 years, Betty enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist—until the day she realized that she had to retire because of progressive hearing loss. For three years, she completely turned her back on music. In this “Talk & Play” presentation, she will tell the story of how various twists and turns led her back into sharing the joy of music while educating and advocating for those with hearing loss. Her talk will be punctuated by short musical selections on both violin and viola.

Betty hauck violin

Highlights of Betty’s career include performing for the Kennedys at the White House, playing in a string quartet with Yo-Yo Ma and, as a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, touring the Middle East annually, performing and teaching young Palestinian and Jewish music students.

Betty was recently featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss:


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