Our February 25, 2012 was held at the Northborough Public Library and Eva Beros, AuD, CCC-A, Audiologist and Clinical Coordinator at UMass Memorial Center spoke. Eva gave a more technical presentation on hearing loss and provided information on new hearing aid capabilities and new hearing aid accessories. She was very helpful in clarifying information about hearing aids with telecoils and what that meant in terms of other accessories that could be helpful to those with hearing loss. There were a great many audiological devices available so attendees had a chance to see and learn about their benefits. Attendees could also pick up a free copy of The Consumer Handbook on “Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids:” A Bridge to Healing by Richard Carmen, AuD., Doctor of Audiology – A special abridged Edition courtesy of Oticon.
For those of us who used to enjoy going to the movies, but don’t go any longer because we can’t hear the dialogue for the background music, we learned about the availability of open captioned movies in the area www.captionfish.com and captioned via rear window captioning movies http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/opencaptionedshowtimes.aspx#MA
And for those of us who enjoy live theater, we learned that Trinity Repertory Company has announced expanded plans to offer open captioned performances during the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Open Captioning is a general term used to describe text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance. As opposed to closed captioning, open captions do not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text and are always “open” to anyone.