Posted by: hlacentralma | December 28, 2018

American Sign Language Classes

American Sign Language Classes

Level 1 ASL Classes at College of the Holy Cross, Thursdays, 6 – 8 pm. First class is Thursday, February 21

Level 2 on Tuesdays, 1st class is Tuesday, February 19

Level 3 on Wednesdays, 1st class is Wednesday, February 20

Click here to download the registration form.

ASL spring 2019

Posted by: hlacentralma | December 9, 2018

Live Captions & Subtitles in Skype

Introducing live captions & subtitles in Skypeskype

Today, (December, 2018) Skype joins the world in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of call captioning with live captions & subtitles. This new feature works on the latest version of Skype for one-on-one calls with a friend, coworker, or to any phone number, as well as in group calls with a work team or friend group. The live captions & subtitles feature provides a more inclusive experience for everyone in the Skype community, especially for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Skype has been hard at work at making our features more inclusive, and live captions & subtitles make Skype calls more accessible. Simple settings allow you to turn them on for a single call or keep them turned on for all your calls. Live captions & subtitles are optimized to be fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak. Currently, the captions and subtitles auto-scroll in your call, but coming soon, you’ll find additional viewing options, including the ability to scroll through them in their own side window, so you don’t miss a moment—be it in a video or in the live subtitles. To learn how to use this feature, read Skype’s  support article.

Coming soon: translations that support over 20 languages

Please note : It is using automatic speech recognition (ASR) software.  That means it is not as good as a real time captioner (like Mona) delivering CART and may not be as good as a captioned telephone that also uses ASR but the operator can fix obvious mistakes.    Tina

Posted by: hlacentralma | November 5, 2018

Navigating the Holidays With Hearing Loss

 new MAcentralmass-sm1Next Meeting: November 10,2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

WhereNorthborough Public Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA


Speaker:  Beth Wilsonbeth

Topic: Navigating the Holidays

The image that many people have of the family gathering is one of laughter and cheer as family members get together with people they know and love to share each other’s company.  The reality for many people with hearing loss is that these events are frustrating.  When communication is a struggle, the hard of hearing family member can be left feeling isolated in a room full of people.  This presentation will identify the problems that exist for people with hearing loss, explain why communication is so difficult, and offer strategies to make the family gathering a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Bonus Topic: What is Neuro-Technology?

After our last chapter meeting, there were a number of questions about neuro-technology.  Dr. Beth Wilson did her master’s thesis on hearing aid technology and Ph.D. dissertation on using artificial intelligence for signal processing.  Before our regular program starts, Dr. Beth will provide a simple explanation of what neuro-technology is and how it is being implemented in hearing aids and cochlear implant algorithms.

Please join us and bring your questions and thoughts.

Light refreshments will also be provided.

CART (computer aided real time captioning) will be provided).

Parking lot is accessed by Patty Lane

Merry Mingle – Greater Worcester – December 3, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 


12.03.18 Shrewsbury Merry Mingle


Hear us out!DecibelTherapeutics

Tinnitus subjects needed to participate in a hearing research study

How do I learn more?

Researchers at Decibel Therapeutics in Boston are conducting a study to learn more about hearing in people who have Tinnitus (i.e., ringing or buzzing in your ears or inside your head).

The hearing tests and measures will investigate how well your ear functions and how you hear in noisy environments. Are there any requirements for participation?

If you’d like to participate in this study, you should:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have American English as first and primary language
  • Experience ringing and or buzzing in your ear(s) or head occurring for >3 months

Will I be compensated?

You will receive $30 at the end of each visit for your participation.

If you’d like to learn more about this study please contact us:

Phone:  617-935-0508


Posted by: hlacentralma | October 13, 2018

Amazing Capabilities of the Human Ear

hyperacusis“Amazing Capabilities of the Human Ear” will be the featured presentation at a benefit dinner for Hyperacusis Research at the Marlboro Country Club at 6:30 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018.


Speakers include Heidi Nakajima, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Bryan Pollard, President of Hyperacusis Research.

The presentations will include an informative overview of auditory mechanics and how to keep your ears healthy.  Patient stories will also be shared and a brief update on research for sound sensitivity will be given.  Hyperacusis is a hearing condition that causes a person to be unable to tolerate everyday noise levels without discomfort or pain.
Dr. Heidi Nakajima and Bryan Pollard

Our mission is to raise funds essential to find scientific solutions, as we work spread awareness of this debilitating condition.

Event Details:

What:   Dinner with suggested donation of $50

When:  Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 6:30 PM

Where: Marlboro Country Club

200 Concord Road

Marlboro, MA  01752

How:     Register at:

Contributions can be paid at the door, in advance by check payable to “Hyperacusis Research, Ltd.”
P.O. Box 1295, Marlboro, MA 01752.

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