Posted by: hlacentralma | March 10, 2017

New England News

Newsletter from Peggy Ellerston of Hear@Boston Boston Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America:

This newsletter brings you highlights about HLAA’s national office and New England chapters: Plymouth, Cape Cod, North of Boston, Boston, Central Massachusetts, Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.


This year’s Research Symposium at the Convention will present a panel of hearing healthcare professionals who will explore a topic that affects many of us, whether we are hearing aid or cochlear implant users – or both. Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants: Merging Technologies, Expanding Benefits will bring together a panel of otolaryngologists, audiologists and speech pathologists who will examine the changes in hearing technology that have expanded the C.I. candidate population and blurred the lines between hearing aids and cochlear implants. Chapter and state leaders attending the HLAA Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this June are invited to attend an exciting 3- hour Leadership Training. Session facilitator J.D. Taylor’s presentation, Leadership is Intentional Influence, will address the challenging aspects of leadership, as well as principles and strategies involved in successful leadership models.

If you have not yet registered for the convention, you can do so here .

(Early-bird registration ends on March 31.)


A shout out for HLAA Plymouth Chapter on being honored as this year’s “Up and Coming HLAA Chapter!” Sandy Spekman will accept the award at the June Convention’s HLAA Stars Come Out Talent Show and Awards Ceremony. Congratulations! On Tuesday, March 21, HLAA Board member Kevin Franck will meet with Plymouth chapter members to talk about the work of HLAA’s national office. 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth.


CHAPTERS HLAA North of Boston ~Regular “Third Wednesday of the Month”gatherings with support and friendship resumed on Wednesday, March 15. Meetings begin at 11:00 AM and take place at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (2nd floor) 345 Main Street in Wakefield.

HLAA Central Mass ~A reminder that the three-part series Navigating a Hearing Loss begins on Tuesday March 21 and continues on March 28 and April 4 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Northborough Free Library. Held as part of the Library Adult Program Series.

HLAA Boston ~For a fun night with friends and acquaintances and some great Mexican fare, attend the chapter’s next Quiet Restaurant Meet-up at TU Y YO in Somerville on Friday, March 17!

Best wishes to the Boston Chapter’s new volunteer webmaster, who will assume administration of later this week!

HLAA Eastern Connecticut ~ On Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 AM, Jennifer Cox, AuD, clinical audiologist at New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation, will be joining the chapter for a talk about hearing testing, including a discussion of audiograms and other forms of testing, how the tests are scored, what are “normal” results, and how the results transform into a diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut, in the second floor Conference Room of the Phillips Communication Sciences Building, 850 Bolton Road (next to the Nathan Hale Inn). Free Parking on site.


Planning has begun for this year’s Walk4Hearing, which will take place on Sunday, October 29 at Artesani Park! It’s not too early to register as an individual or to start a team to raise funds for HLAA’s national programs and the HLAA Chapter or Walk Alliance of your choice.

New England Walk4Hearing Alliances are weighing in on the important goals of their organizations – and the value that their groups receive from participating in the New England Walk! from Julianne Harris of Northeastern University:

“The Northeastern University Student Academy of Audiology is a student-run organization for Doctor of Audiology students aspiring to be audiologists and who donate their time to fundraising, organizing, and giving back to the community. We strive to educate our community so that individuals can make informed decisions about their hearing health care. The Walk4Hearing Alliance program allows us to purchase materials for events such as our senior center information sessions and our preschool education days. The funds also help us sponsor a local child in need of a service dog.”

from Caitlyn Parton of A.G. Bell:

“We continue to use HLAA Walk4Hearing funds to bring families together. We have events in which parents can meet other parents, tell their stories and share ideas. Our teens have the opportunity to meet others teens as well as meet deaf adults as mentors.

It’s always amazing to us that there are still kids out there even in Massachusetts who have never met another child with hearing loss like themselves. It’s nice when they see others at our events and know that they are not alone. In addition, they realize, they are going to be okay!”

Non-profit organizations working on behalf of people with hearing loss are invited to team up with the Walk4Hearing as a Walk Alliance – a great way to generate income to fund “wish list” items for your group and to support the work of HLAA’s national office. Visit and learn about the Alliance program by downloading the Walk Alliance Q & A.


HLAA/ALDA Theater Night at New Rep Theater in Watertown takes place on Friday, April 14. Members of HLAA and ALDA can purchase discounted tickets to the performance of Golda’s Balcony in the looped Mosesian Theater space at New Rep.


The Museum of Fine Arts Boston Accessible Tour Series will continue in April with two tours of the popular Art in Bloom on Friday, 4/28 at 2:30 and 6:30PM. Registration begins on April 5 and ends on April 21. Pat Dobbs is a Gallaudet University Peer Mentoring Candidate and Hearing Loss Management Coach and Advocate. She is launching a free, online pilot of her workshop, Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss: How to Achieve Your Best Hearing Experience. All are invited to inquire about participating by contacting Pat at

HLAA New England Spring Supper

Watch for an invitation email with additional details regarding the location and program for this year’s Spring Supper!

An opportunity to support our organization and share an evening of New Orleans-inspired food and lively conversation with members of HLAA’s Board of Trustees is planned for Saturday, May 13 from 5:00 until 8:00 at the home of Board member Peggy Ellertsen.

Guest trustees at this Spring Supper will include board members with strong ties to New England! Patrick Holkins may be best known to members of the Boston Chapter as the founder of “Hear@Boston,” an HLAA chapter created for young adults in 2009 during Patrick’s undergraduate years at Harvard University. He is currently a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jonay. Patrick was elected to the HLAA Board of Trustees in May, 2016. He serves on the Board’s Membership and Development Committees.

Jim Saunders is professor emeritus of research otolaryngology, physiology and neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Recognition for his research efforts includes the Claude Pepper Award for research excellence from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jim serves as co-chair of the HLAA Board of Trustees Executive and Nominating Committees and as a member of the Audit committee. He and his wife Elaine live in Philadelphia and love to spend leisure time on Cape Cod in Harwich.


(only 4 days until spring!)


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