Posted by: hlacentralma | October 13, 2018

Amazing Capabilities of the Human Ear

hyperacusis“Amazing Capabilities of the Human Ear” will be the featured presentation at a benefit dinner for Hyperacusis Research at the Marlboro Country Club at 6:30 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018.


Speakers include Heidi Nakajima, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Bryan Pollard, President of Hyperacusis Research.

The presentations will include an informative overview of auditory mechanics and how to keep your ears healthy.  Patient stories will also be shared and a brief update on research for sound sensitivity will be given.  Hyperacusis is a hearing condition that causes a person to be unable to tolerate everyday noise levels without discomfort or pain.
Dr. Heidi Nakajima and Bryan Pollard

Our mission is to raise funds essential to find scientific solutions, as we work spread awareness of this debilitating condition.

Event Details:

What:   Dinner with suggested donation of $50

When:  Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 6:30 PM

Where: Marlboro Country Club

200 Concord Road

Marlboro, MA  01752

How:     Register at:

Contributions can be paid at the door, in advance by check payable to “Hyperacusis Research, Ltd.”
P.O. Box 1295, Marlboro, MA 01752.

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 8, 2018

Navigating the Holidays With Hearing Loss

 new MAcentralmass-sm1Next Meeting: November 10,2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

WhereNorthborough Public Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA


Speaker:  Beth Wilsonbeth

Topic: Navigating the Holidays

The image that many people have of the family gathering is one of laughter and cheer as family members get together with people they know and love to share each other’s company.  The reality for many people with hearing loss is that these events are frustrating.  When communication is a struggle, the hard of hearing family member can be left feeling isolated in a room full of people.  This presentation will identify the problems that exist for people with hearing loss, explain why communication is so difficult, and offer strategies to make the family gathering a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Bonus Topic: What is Neuro-Technology?

After our last chapter meeting, there were a number of questions about neuro-technology.  Dr. Beth Wilson did her master’s thesis on hearing aid technology and Ph.D. dissertation on using artificial intelligence for signal processing.  Before our regular program starts, Dr. Beth will provide a simple explanation of what neuro-technology is and how it is being implemented in hearing aids and cochlear implant algorithms.

Please join us and bring your questions and thoughts.

Light refreshments will also be provided.

CART (computer aided real time captioning) will be provided).

Parking lot is accessed by Patty Lane

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 7, 2018

Successful Communication Strategies for People with Hearing Loss

Posted by: hlacentralma | September 9, 2018

A Life in Music – Lost and Found-Saturday, September 22nd, 2018


My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss

 A “Talk & Play” presentation by Betty Hauck, viola & violinviolin-sm1

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 educat-ing and advocating for those with hearing loss.

Her talk will be punctuated by short musical selections on both violin and viola. The program is about one hour and includes Q&A at the end.

Saturday, September 22nd  , 3:00-4:45 pm,  
Hingham Library, 66 Leavitt St, Hingham, MA

Highlights of Betty’s career include performing for the Kennedys at the White House,BettyHauck 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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