Posted by: hlacentralma | January 30, 2017

Library Adult Program Series: Navigating a Hearing Loss


Library Adult Program Series: Navigating a Hearing Loss

Part I: The Basics Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (7-8:30 pm)
Basic information on hearing loss. This session will cover some facts and myths about hearing loss and explain the difference between frequency and loudness.

Part II: Technology Strategies Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (7-8:30 pm)
Basic information on hearing technology. This session will provide an introduction to hearing aids and assistive devices.

Part III: Communication Strategies Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (7-8:30 pm)
Basic information on communication strategies: this session will provide techniques for making it easier to listen and to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. This introductory series provides basic information and strategies. If you have a hearing loss or know someone who does, this series can help make hearing loss less mysterious and provide some information on how to make hearing loss easier to deal with.

bethThe sessions will be led by Dr. Beth Wilson, who was born with a hearing loss and is a member of the local Hearing Loss Association of America Central Massachusetts chapter. Beth has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with research in speech processing, so she actually understands how things work! She has had much experience in explaining her own hearing loss in a way that makes everyone comfortable (and a bit entertained).

Posted by: hlacentralma | January 20, 2017

HLAA-Central MA Workshop and Meeting

save-the-dateHearing Loss Association of Central MA will be hosting a three-part series on technology for people with hearing loss and their families/friends.

All are welcome!

The presentations will be held at the Northborough Public Library.

Saturday, April 8th, 2017: “What Do I Need to Know About Hearing Aids”  to be presented by Tina Coderre, M.A. CCC-A.    2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017: “What Do I Need to Know About Assistive Devices” to be presented by Jonathan O’Dell, MA Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Saturday, September 9th, 2017: “What Do I Need to Know About Signaling Devices” to be presented by Beth Wilson, PH.D, Electrical Engineer 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details of these upcoming presentations.

Posted by: hlacentralma | January 20, 2017

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

Copyright (c) Hearing Health  & Technology Matters. All rights reserved.  Brian Taylor, Editor  Hearing News Watch brings readers the latest news from the world of hearing.

capital-hillWASHINGTON, DC — On January 5th, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 48) in the US Senate. If the proposed bi-partisan legislation is enacted, it will provide a $500 tax credit per hearing aid purchased, with the credit available every five years.

Similar versions of the bill have been introduced in the past several sessions of Congress, with broad support from hearing professionals and consumer advocates, but the measure has never been enacted.

Hearing Aid Legislation Part of Tax Reform Package?

With the incoming Trump administration highlighting tax reform as a major focus to boost the economy, there may be hope that such legislation has a chance to clear Congress in 2017. Additionally, Senators Heller and Klobuchar both serve on the Senate Finance Committee, which plays a large role in shaping tax reform legislation.

There is, however, the continued uncertainty about the potential de-regulation in the hearing aid market, including the prospect of a new class of OTC hearing aids. How this may impact the chances of tax credit legislation passing are still unknown.

To track progress of the bill, readers can visit govtrack.

Posted by: hlacentralma | January 14, 2017

Broadway in Boston – Open Captions!

boston broadway
starts next week at

The Boston Opera House

 Open Captioned Performance, Open Captions by c2

Saturday, January 21st, 2pm, Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

American Sign Language Performance

ASL Coach Sabrina Dennison
ASL Interpreters Caity Snyder, Nathan Fowler, and Michael Herschberg

Saturday, January 28th, 2pm, Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for ASL Tickets

CABARET will also play at the Boston Opera House at the beginning of February

Open Captioned Performance, Open Captions by c2

Saturday, February 4th, 2pm,  Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

American Sign Language Performance, ASL Coach Kristin Johnson

Saturday, February 11th at 2pm,  Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for ASL Tickets

Get tickets in person: Boston Opera House Box Office

539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Get tickets by phone: (617) 880-2419

Posted by: hlacentralma | December 29, 2016

What to do if you lose a hearing aid?


Most of us know that familiar sinking feeling when we’ve lost something valuable or important like our wallet, phone, car keys or wedding ring. And, some of us know what it feels like to lose a hearing aid, one of the most important – and expensive – devices for getting along in our daily lives. If you find yourself suddenly missing one of your hearing aids, keep a cool head and follow these tips to get back to hearing well as quickly as possible.

Retrace your steps

While this may seem like frustratingly obvious advice, retracing your steps just before you lost your hearing aid can pay off.

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Posted by: hlacentralma | December 20, 2016

New Assessibility Requirements for TV

FCCOn December 19, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice to remind the public about the new accessibility requirements that become effective on December 20, 2016.

The new accessibility rules apply to equipment designed to receive or play back video programming, and manufactured or leased on or after December 20, 2016.  For example, television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides must be accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  There are also requirements for simple and easy-to-use ways to activate closed captioning and video description.

The Public Notice also explains the process for filing complaints related to these accessibility requirements.

A fact sheet summarizing the accessibility requirements for television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides, as well as how to file a complaint, is available on the FCC’s website at

Links to the Public Notice:




For more information about this Public Notice, contact Will Schell, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-0767 or  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275.


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