Posted by: hlacentralma | November 21, 2016

HLAA in Action

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November 2, 2016
HLAA in Action lets you know what HLAA is doing in the world of advocacy and public policy. Please direct any questions or news to Lise Hamlin, director of public policy.
Advocacy Updates
Apple Responds to the Concerns of People With
Hearing Loss About New iPhone
In the weeks following Apple’s announcement that new iPhones will not
have a headset jack, HLAA received more than one call from people
outraged by the company’s decision. Apple did not consider the impact
removing the jack would have on people with hearing loss who use and
depend on a neckloop or other wired solution to hear audio on the
phone. When we brought this issue to Apple they responded. [Read
New Year of N-CHATT Training Gets Underway!The 2017 Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers
(N-CHATT) train-the-trainer program kicked off in October. The 14
people in the class of 2017 are eager to learn more about hearing
assistive technology (HAT) and how they can use that knowledge to train
others impacted by hearing loss. We are excited to work with this new
group to expand the reach of N-CHATT.While we are excited about our new class of students,
we certainly haven’t forgotten our pilot class of 2016 graduates.
Several trainers from that class are willing and able to keep on
training people about HAT. You can find out if training is available in
your area and schedule
a session

more about the N-CHATT program

Posted by: hlacentralma | November 10, 2016

US May Legalize Over The­ Counter Hearing Aids

Breaking News Update

US May Legalize Over The ­Counter Hearing Aids Advocates for lower cost hearing aids got a boost yesterday when two U.S. Senators announced legislation that would ease restrictions on the sale of over­ the counter hearing aids.


The Over­The­Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D­Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R­Iowa), would allow certain hearing aids to be sold over the counter and would eliminate the “burdensome requirement” that consumers get a medical evaluation or sign a medical waiver before purchasing OTC hearing aids.

The Act would also require the FDA to issue regulations containing safety and labeling requirements for OTC hearing aids and to update its draft guidance on Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs). The senators said they would introduce the legislation when Congress reconvenes before the end of the year.

Questions? Give us a call at (775) 372­8346

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A New England Holiday Gathering

at the Historic Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
(The oldest operating inn in the country –  since 1716)

Special guests: Katherine Bouton and Beth Wilson

Sunday, November 13, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM,  72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

Brunch (See the luscious Wayside Inn brunch menu here!)

Fellowship and Presentations:  My Hearing Loss Journey: From Denial to Activism, and
A Pre-Holiday Communication Strategies Tune-up

Sponsored by HLAA Boston Chapter

CART sponsored by HLAA Central MA Chapter and Audiologist Samina Khan, Westboro, MA.

$28.00 per person. To reserve your place at this special event,  mail your payment to: Barb Abineri, 58 Dwight St. # 1, Brookline, MA 02446.  Please note that checks should be made out to HLAA Boston Chapter with “Holiday Event” on the memo.

bethA life long advocate for people with disabilities, Beth Wilson is well known in New England for her witty and practical workshops on hearing loss management. She earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and worked for 33 years at Raytheon, from which she is now retired. Dr. Beth is currently an Adjunct Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins University in their Master of Science in Systems Engineering programs. Born with a hearing loss, she has been a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America since 1986 and was the Executive Director from 2001-2002.


Katherine Bouton is a longtime former editor at the New York Times, including 10 years as Deputy Editor at The New York Times Magazine. She continues to write for many sections of the Times, and is a weekly blogger at AARP Health. She is the author of the critically acclaimed ”Shouting Won’t Help” and “Living Better With Hearing Loss. Katherine developed idiopathic progressive hearing loss at age 30 and today wears a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America and as president of the HLAA New York City chapter. Katherine and her husband have two grown children.

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 12, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof With Loop

A Special HLAA / ALDA Theatre Night at New Rep on Friday, December 16


Fiddler on the Roof

book by Joseph Stein

music by Jerry Bock

lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

directed by Austin Pendleton, Charles Mosesian Theater

(Runs from DEC 2-24, 2016)

Members of Hearing Loss Association of America and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults will receive a $12.00 discount on tickets to the December 16 performance of this timeless play.  Order tickets online or on site at the Box Office, and use the promo code FIDDLER12 to receive your discount.  Valid on any number of seats anywhere in the theater.  Code can be used to purchase tickets as long as they are available.  Many of the performances for this run are already sold out, and the remaining are going fast.

Read here to find out about New Rep’s newly installed induction loop!

william-merritt-chase-300x225Saturday, Dec 3,  10:30 am

Registration begins November 1 and ends November 18.  (Please note change in beginning and ending registration dates.)

A brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter, a skilled promoter and an important teacher, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was a leader in international art circles at the turn of the century. The first complete examination of the artist in over three decades, William Merritt Chase brings together approximately 80 of the artist’s finest works in both oil and pastel from public and private collections across the US. This major international traveling exhibition, co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC); Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (Venice), and the Terra Foundation for American Art, sheds new light on the work of one the leading American Impressionists.


How to Pre-Register for MFA Accessible Guided Tours

Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required by the dates listed for each program.  To pre-register or for more information, email or  phone 617-369-3302.

When you register, please indicate (in the subject line if you are emailing) the name of the tour and if you would like a neckloop or headset for the tour.

Registered participants will receive a confirmation prior to the date of the tour with entrance and cancellation information.  

Because the Gallery Tour Listening System equipment is reserved for hearing loss support group participants, the equipment is not available to other MFA Boston visitors for drop-in tours.  For that reason, guests of this program are requested to be aware of the the following policies:

  • Participants who register for accessible tours but cannot attend should note the cancellation policy on the confirmation to ensure that listening equipment is available to other visitors.  
  • Late registrations  cannot be accepted.  
  • Those who have not pre-registered may only join a tour on a standby basis and will be turned away if registration is full.  

Tours will begin promptly at start time.  Attendees should arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.  

Questions?  Contact the museum at or  phone 617-369-3302.

Posted by: hlacentralma | August 11, 2016

September 17th Gathering

Next Meeting:  September 17, 2016:  2:00 PM -4:00 PM
Where: Northborough Public Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough
Speaker: Beth Wilson
Topic:   “Highlights from the HLAA National Convention”

Public is invited – this is of special interest for all people and their loved ones who struggle with hearing loss.

Beth Wilson participated in the national convention June 23-26 in DC and will share highlights from the workshops, plenary sessions, research symposium, and technology demonstrations she attended.  She also spent some time in the exhibit hall, so will share information she gathered from the vendors.  The HLAA convention this year was a joint event with the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People resulting in a joint attendance of over 1,500 people from 22 countries!

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

CART (Communication Access Real Time Captioning) will be provided.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

The mission of HLA-Central Massachusetts is to educate its members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss.

Please note, you must access the building from Patty Lane, which is off of Main Street.

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