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.

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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.



Posted by: hlacentralma | August 23, 2020

There’s an App for That! Virtual Presentation

Saturday September 12, 2020:

HLAA Central MA to join with

HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter Virtual Meeting

2:00 pm (Eastern) 1:00 pm Central Time

“Power in Your Pocket: There’s an APP for That”

Speaker: Tina Chandler Childress, Aud.

Zoom meeting with closed captioning

Email Kathie Hanneke at to receive the Zoom meeting invitation.

The next HLAA Central MA chapter event will be a joint event with the St. Louis chapter.  These strange times provide us with an opportunity to collaborate across miles and time zones!  Tina Chandler Childress is an excellent speaker and she is going to be talking about apps we can use on our smartphones to help with our hearing loss.  The St. Louis chapter uses a live captioner to caption the meetings and is welcoming our chapter to participate.

Barbara Kelley September 12 Virtual Meeting

HLAA Virtual Meeting – A Conversation with Barbara Kelley
Connecting and Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Presented by HLAA California State Association
Saturday, September 12, 2020
4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT

Join us for an inspiring and enlightening conversation with HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley about adapting during the coronavirus pandemic, communication opportunities, continued advocacy for our rights, the value of chapters and state associations, and moving forward.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Helpful Hints and Tutorials
  • Zoom concerns have been addressed and procedures will be modified as Zoom continues to update their software. The main security issue was with open meetings. When you register, it creates a unique link for a password protected session.
  • Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smart phone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.
  • Captions. Meetings are captioned. How to See Closed Captions in ZOOM
  • Check your time zone. This meeting will take place live at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT and 1 p.m. PT. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.
  • Questions? Feel free to email us at
Posted by: hlacentralma | August 20, 2020

Experience the HLAA Virtual Convention – Again!

Experience HLAA! (June 18-19, 2020) Recordings

The HLAA convention was replaced with a virtual “Experience HLAA!” event June 18 and 19.  Over 2,400 people registered for various parts of the event and at one point there were 800 people tuned into the virtual experience.  There are video recordings now available for:

  • Opening Session
  • Panel: Potential for Regenerative Medicine
  • Panel: Workplace Gain
  • Research Symposium: Latest on Tinnitus Research
  • Presentation: Hearing Loss and the Health Care System

All the presentations are captioned.  You can find all of the recordings on the Experience HLAA! page:

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