Posted by: hlacentralma | October 2, 2020

Walk 4 Hearing – Sun., Oct. 25, 2020

Sunday October 25, 2020:

New England Walk4Hearing Online Celebration

9:45 am (Eastern) Sign on begins

10:00 am (Eastern) Online program begins

The walks are virtual this year, so the New England Walk4Hearing will be an online celebration.  These programs are an engaging virtual experience offering an opportunity for us to stay connected and celebrate our Walk4Hearing community.  You can RSVP for this event to receive the link to participate:

The HLAA Central MA chapter will be “walking” virtually this year. You can join our team as a virtual walker and/or support our team with a donation:

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:


Posted by: hlacentralma | September 25, 2020

Webinar-Taking Charge in 2020 and Beyond – Sept. 30, 2020

Health Care, Hearing Loss and Communication Challenges:

Taking Charge in 2020 and Beyond

Webinar Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT)

Doctor and patient wearing face masks

Keeping up with our health and wellness is important, even in a pandemic. Current safety requirements, such as wearing face masks, restrictions placed on companions and visitors, virtual or phone instead of in-person visits and other barriers can make communication more difficult for people with hearing loss.

Webinar Description

Please join The Center for Hearing and Communication (CDC, ) on September 30th for Health Care, Hearing Loss and Communication Challenges: Taking Charge in 2020 and Beyond – a dynamic discussion about our changing health care system and how to navigate it with a hearing loss. We will include perspective and guidance from patients and a physician who uses two cochlear implants.

Learn insider tips and strategies to access effective communication during your virtual and in-person appointments, including what to say and do when things don’t go well or as planned. This program will cover a range of accessibility tools, technology and smartphone apps and will detail real-world scenarios you can use in different situations to optimize your health care experience. Discussion followed by Q&A.

Real-time captioning and ASL interpreter provided.

Free webinar registration »


Dr. Nancy RennertNancy J. Rennert, MD

Dr Nancy J. Rennert is System Chief of Diabetes Care, Nuvance Health, Chief of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Norwalk Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Her leadership of the multi-hospital Glycemic Care Team, which aligns clinical care with quality improvement, has been recognized nationally. Dr Rennert has extensive experience in medical school admissions, fellowship, residency and medical student training and mentorship for quality improvement and clinical research. She has a longstanding, deep commitment to care for the underserved and marginalized at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Connecticut. While pregnant with her third child, Dr Rennert experienced sudden and profound bilateral deafness and uses two cochlear implants. She has been a member of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) since its founding, published on stethoscope use and mentors aspiring and early career hearing impaired medical professionals. She is passionate about health care access, quality and equity and is looking forward to sharing insights from her professional and personal experiences.

Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA

Carolyn Stern is the assistant director of outreach and strategic initiatives at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC). As a bilateral cochlear implant user, she helps others hear and connect better with tips, technical information and support and is passionate about the role of healthy hearing in helping people lead productive and connected lives. Carolyn earned her BA from Northwestern University and MBA from Columbia University’s School of Business.

Free webinar registration »

We look forward to connecting with you Wednesday, September 30, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT) at Health Care, Hearing Loss and Communication Challenges: Taking Charge in 2020 and Beyond.

Learn More About the Issue

To learn more about the communication challenges people with hearing loss face in this age of face masks and social distancing, check out Carolyn Stern’s blog post on Hearing Well in Health Care Visits is a New Challenge.

Read blog post »

Posted by: hlacentralma | September 23, 2020

HLAA Webinar: Cochlear Implants Standards of Care


Cochlear Implants Standards of Care:
An International Consensus

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
2 p.m. Eastern Time
(1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT)



Craig Buchman HeadshotCraig A. Buchman, M.D.

Lindburg Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Rene Gifford HeadshotRené H. Gifford, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

The world’s first International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation was published on August 27, 2020 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. This new study focuses on treatment for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) which recommends minimum standards for diagnosis, referral, treatment and aftercare.

The publication is expected to help many more adults with severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss access cochlear implant treatment, noting the industry estimate that only one in 20 people worldwide who could benefit from a cochlear implant has one.

HLAA played a leading role in this ground-breaking process, with Executive Director Barbara Kelley as co-chair of the Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee (CAPAC). International cochlear implant user and professional advocacy organizations ensured the voice of consumers was heard throughout the Delphi process.

Dr. Craig Buchman, lead author of the paper, and Dr. René Gifford, one of 31 experts who authored the paper and participated in the Delphi Consensus Process, will talk about why these standards of care are needed at this time and what they mean to people with hearing loss.

Read more about the paper and the process before or after attending the webinar.

About our Speakers

Craig A. Buchman, M.D., is a world-renowned cochlear implant surgeon with broad research achievements in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. He recently chaired an international panel of 31 cochlear implant experts that conducted the first Delphi Consensus process to establish minimum standards of care for adults with severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Buchman is the lead author of the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss published in JAMA Otolaryngology (August 27, 2020) which recommends minimum standards for diagnosis, referral, treatment and aftercare.
René H. Gifford, Ph.D., is the director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in the Division of Audiology as well as the director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory. Dr. Gifford’s National Institutes of Health-funded research investigates basic auditory function and spatial hearing abilities for individuals using combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS), hearing preservation with cochlear implantation and speech perception for adults and children with cochlear implants. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and authored a book now in its second edition titled Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes. Dr. Gifford was one of 31 experts who authored the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss.

Note: Webinar will be captioned and recorded for playback on the HLAA website at

REGISTER NOW! American Sign Language

FALL 2020 ASL Classes – ASL 1 and ASL Chat – start SOON in October!

Take ASL 1 for the first time or again!  Or join our new ASL Chat to practice your signing skills!

Please click and download the class flier for more details.

Please  click and download the Fall 2020 Registration Form,  complete it and:

            EMAIL it to:  Denise Paro, DHILS Administrative Assistant at

            OR MAIL to:   Joan Philip, DHILS Director (see registration form)

Must pay in full before the first class.  Payment options:  check, money order or Cash App.

Questions?  Want more information? Contact:  Denise Paro, Admin. Asst.



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