Posted by: hlacentralma | March 25, 2018

Shanahan Sound Provides New England Loop Locator

Shanahan-smNew England Hearing Loop Incorporates a Loop Locator Onto Its Website to Help the Hearing Impaired.

Lowell, MA — March 6, 2018

“As sound experts and musicians we are acutely aware of the difficulties people living with hearing loss encounter every day. Our goal is to always optimize the audio experience for our clients. With that in mind it was clear to us that hearing loop technology was a natural fit for us to offer our clients.”

            Catherine Shanahan, President, Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc. New England Hearing Loop, a division of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc., has developed a Loop Locator on its website to help the hearing impaired locate facilities that incorporate Hearing Loops. A Hearing Loop — or assistive listening device — gives the hearing impaired the ability to enjoy films, lectures and other public presentations or decipher public announcements at places such as theaters and sports stadiums. The Loop Locator will be an immense resource to the people living with hearing loss since it identifies the facility, and also the location within the facility — such as a specific room, and in some instances, which rows in a facility — the Loop is active. The Loop Locator also utilizes Google Maps to provide directions to the facility.

The need for Hearing Loops has become more important than ever. Educational institutions (classrooms) are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of teens and young adults with hearing impairments. Partial deafness once considered “an old person’s” disease is now becoming a health issue among young people. According to Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there has been a 30% increase in hearing loss in teens and young adults. A 2017 report from Johns Hopkins researchers states the number of American adults living with some form of hearing loss is expected to nearly double by 2060.

Over 100 hearing loops have been installed in concert halls, corporate offices, educational institutions, religious and senior living facilities by New England Hearing Loop throughout New England. Some high profile installations by New England Hearing Loop include: The Massachusetts State House, Boston City Council Chambers, Providence State House, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Wellesley College, Boston Symphony Hall, TD Garden, Riverwoods Retirement Community, and the Watertown Library.

About New England Hearing Loop

Founded in 2011, New England Hearing Loop, a division of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc., is New England’s leading provider of assistive listening solutions, from hearing loop to frequency modulation to infrared systems.

Visit for the Loop & Listen Blog, and to learn more about hearing loops, current legislation, news and trends.


Contact: Catherine Shanahan

Telephone: 978-453-1556



Posted by: hlacentralma | March 24, 2018

From Hearing Health & Technology Matters – New Legislation


Legislation Introduced to Improve Access to Hearing Health Care Services

by Brian Taylor
WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, a bipartisan bill that ensures seniors and people with disabilities on […]
Posted by: hlacentralma | March 7, 2018

Hearing Assisted Tour at MFA – March 24th, 2018

Tour the Museum of Fine Arts with hearing assistive technology!

The topic of the Saturday, March 24 tour is “Silver in the Americas”  as seen through the objects in the permanent collections at the MFA.

1.  To register, email Ronit Michom at or call 617-369-3189.
2.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (Silver in the Americas),  the date (March 24),  and the time of the tour  (10:30 a.m.).
3.  Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set.
4.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.
5.  Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed.
6.  Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.
7.  Email  if you register and are then unable to attend.
8.  Registration closes on March 16 unless the tour fills up before that time.

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let our tour leader Karen Moss ( and Ronit Minchom (  know via email even if it is the day of the tour.

Posted by: hlacentralma | March 4, 2018

ALDA Boston in Framingham – April 21

Date: Saturday, April 21st
Time: Refreshments at 1:30pm
Presentation will begin at 2:00pm
Place: McAuliffe Branch (Framingham Library)
746 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01701

ALDA-April 21

Posted by: hlacentralma | February 23, 2018

Dear Abby Recommends HLAA

Dear Abby header
DEAR ABBY: I am a 32-year-old late-deafened adult. I have been deaf in my right ear my whole life, but lost my hearing in my left ear after a tumor was removed when I was 27. I guess they are right when they say we are never fully prepared to lose things we have taken for granted for so long. I still have trouble communicating with people. I have taken a few sign language classes and four lip reading classes but I often feel like I’m no longer part of normal society. My question is, shouldn’t I have adjusted by now regarding how people see me since I have been without hearing for so long?

DEAR HEARING IMPAIRED: I have been told that the most isolating disability is being unable to hear. Please do not burden yourself by feeling you “should” have adjusted faster than you have. There is no set timetable for adjusting to any disability. Because you feel stuck in the process, the Hearing Loss Association of America may be helpful because they sponsor support groups in many state. Please check it out.

Did you read the above letter on the February 10, 2018, syndicated column by Dear Abby about hearing loss? Are you looking for more information or how to find an HLAA Chapter where you can find support in your community?

If your answer is YES, your decision to do something about your hearing health begins here.
You are not alone.

  • Are you having trouble hearing on the phone?
  • Are you bluffing about being able to hear well?
  • Are you avoiding activities that you enjoy?
  • Are you afraid to reveal your hearing loss because it might jeopardize your job?

If you answered YES to some or all of the above questions, you are not alone. One in five people in the U.S. has a hearing loss. These are common feelings and reactions but with reliable information and support you can live successfully with hearing loss.

Here are some FAQs that might give you the answers you need:


  • Visit a local HLAA Chapter
    HLAA Chapters, volunteer run, hold educational programs, present opportunities to meet others with hearing and learn about local resources, all in a hearing-friendly place.
  • Join the Hearing Loss Association of America
    Receive our magazine Hearing Life, for human-interest stories, timely information about assistive technology, research, medical advances, and HLAA’s public policy work on hearing aid compatible phones, captioning on TV and phones, hearing in airports, public places, theaters, and more.
  • Walk4Hearing
    Register today and join thousands who Walk4Hearing in communities across the country.
  • Come to the HLAA 2018 Convention, Minneapolis, June 21-24
    This is a convention just for you – people who want to hear better or live well with hearing loss. Every session has a hearing loop and is captioned. This year we feature a Research Symposium on Hearing in Noise and workshops covering many topics including hearing loss in medical settings. Anyone can attend the Trade Show & Exhibit Hall for free for the latest in technology or register onsite for a day. Out of towners can register for the full convention and make hotel reservations.
  • Sign up for the free online Hearing Life e-News
    The Hearing Life e-News gives you breaking news of the day. You will learn what the current issues are and how HLAA is working for you at the federal level.
  • Tune in to one of the HLAA Webinars, all free and captioned.
  • Contact us
    For more information or to answer any questions
Posted by: hlacentralma | February 8, 2018

Save the Dates! HLA Central MA Chapter Gatherings

Please save the following dates for our upcoming meetings:
      Saturday April 7th from 10:00 am to 12 noon
      Saturday May 19th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 Pm
      Saturday September 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
All meetings will be held at the Northboro Library. There will be CART ( computer aided real time captioning)
Stay tuned for more details as we  are in the process of contacting/confirming speakers for topics related to Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Technology, and Coping with Hearing Loss.
If you have any suggestions for topics and speakers, please email by responding to this email.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you!
HLAA Central MA’s steering Committee
Beth Wilson
Margaret Myatt
Gina Constantino
Gloria and Stan Radler
Tina Thompson

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