Posted by: hlacentralma | February 20, 2017

HLAA News of New England

Updates from and about HLAA’s national office and New England chapters:  Plymouth, Cape Cod, North of Boston, Boston, Central Massachusetts, Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. Written by Peggy Ellersten, HLAA Boston.

Folk Artist and HLAA Partner Zoe Nutt tells her hearing loss story.

Nashville musician and HLAA partner Zoe Nutt has released a captioned video of her poignant new single “Like You,” which tells the story of her journey as a young adult with progressive hearing loss and tinnitus.

 HLAA Webinars

All webinars are archived approximately 2 weeks after the live event and can be accessed for viewing at your convenience.

For those who are interested in building self-advocacy skills in the workplace, a webinar for consumers on Career Success after Hearing Loss with David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA Ph.D. took place on Wednesday, February 15.   (You can also find additional readings about managing effectively on the job on the Boston chapter website.)

img_0436Accessible Arts for HLAA Members and friends

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

On February 5th, there was an accessible tour of the dazzling Art of the Americas: Making Modern exhibit at the MFA Boston was led by our tour guide Karen Moss, with a full contingent of HLAA and ALDA members in attendance.

Three tours remain in the current series; if you’d like to attend one (or all!) of them, watch for details and registration dates here.  (Registration is on a  first come/first served basis, so if there is a tour that especially captures your interest, be sure to register early in the registration cycle.)

You can also contact the Boston chapter steering committee at or ALDA president Francine Stieglitz at with requests for future tours of your favorite exhibits at the MFA.

An important reminder:  The MFA Tour program is limited to HLAA and ALDA members.  If you would like to renew your HLAA membership or become a first-time member of HLAA, you can visit the membership page here.

Accessible Theater 

goldas-balconyA menu of accessible theater performances is brimming with opportunities to enjoy performing arts events.

Mark your calendars for HLAA/ALDA Theater Night at New Rep Theater in Watertown.  Members of HLAA and ALDA can purchase discounted tickets to the April 14 performance of Golda’s Balcony in the beautiful looped Mosesian Theater space at New Rep.

Also on the near horizon are open-captioned performances of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at Boston Opera House on March 11;  Night of the Iguana at the ART in Cambridge on March 16 ; and Billy Elliotat Wheelock Family Theater, where all performances are open-captioned and run through 26.

Watch here for future posts about next season’s open-captioned performances at Trinity Theater in Providence.

An Outstanding Accomplishment: Stu Nunnery of Providence, RI

musicianStu Nunnery lives with hearing loss.  He is also a writer, composer, singer, musician, recording artist, activist, and long-time client of auditory training specialist Geoff Plant of the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation in Somerville.

On February 22 and 23 (his birthday,) Stu will be working at Park West Studios in Brooklyn, NY  as he relaunches his musical recording activities.

Congratulations, Stu, on this remarkable milestone!


HLAA New England Chapter Events and News

The Plymouth Chapter continues to thrive! Ten brand new attendees were present at the January chapter meeting, with Jonathan O’Dell presenting to a full house of 23 folks working on hearing loss management strategies.  The chapter will reconvene to  share ideas for the future on February 28 at 7 pm at the Plymouth Public Library.

The Eastern Connecticut Chapter meets on Saturday, February 18 to discuss aural rehab options with Ali Marinelli and Mike Furth of University of Connecticut.  The discussion will include a review of some of the activities experienced by participants in last summer’s aural rehab “camp” with Geoff Plant and Kathleen Cienkowski.

The Boston Chapter’s next Quiet Restaurant Meetup takes place on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 at Maggliano’s Little Italy in Boston.  The March 12Speaker Series event will explore Online Auditory Training Resourcesoffered by Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, and MedEl.

The Central Massachusetts Chapter has posted an eclectic line up of upcoming programs on their website,  including an encore of the superb three-part series, Navigating a Hearing Loss with Beth Wilson.

North of Boston Chapter  will take a brief winter break from its regular late morning meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield.  Meetings will resume in March.  This warm, friendly group typically offers people with hearing loss a chance to come together informally to talk about practical solutions and offer peer support.

Cape Cod Chapter is looking ahead to spring!  Stay tuned for information about plans for their next meeting, now on the calendar for May 20.


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