Posted by: hlacentralma | February 1, 2018

New App to Monitor and Report Restaurant Noise

HLAA Chapter Development News

Download the iHEARu app today!

The iHEARu mobile app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. If you’re looking for a quiet eatery, bar or cafe the iHEARu GPS will help you find it. If you’re looking for public or commercial spaces that offer assistive listening options, our mobile app can locate those too.

This just in from iHEARu:

Calling all Hearo’s

Our San Francisco campaign is in FULL SWING! Go out and take readings during San Francisco Restaurant Week, January 22nd – 31st, to be eligible for cash prizes, physical prizes, and social media shout-outs!

We will be making contributions to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) AND to Chefsgiving proportional to the number of recordings taken during the week, no matter where the recording is taken. That means that taking a recording in Seattle or Boston can help towards San Francisco’s recording goal! 

Not only can you win prizes and help donate money by taking recordings this week, but the data collected from this endeavor help a greater noise mapping project that benefits countless others.


Still need help taking a recording or want to learn more? Have no fear! Check out for captioned video links explaining how to take a recording in real time.

We’re sending a rallying cry to local HLAA chapters, audiology students, and citizen scientists like yourself to get involved.

Join them and check us out on our social media platforms to stay up to date on our movement.

Posted by: hlacentralma | January 25, 2018

American Sign Language (ASL) Classes in Metro-West Starting March

Our SPRING ASL CLASS REGISTRATION DEADLINE is now FEBRUARY 23rdnext Friday!  Classes will start in March!

For those who have thought about taking sign language classes. This is being offered by the Center for Working and Living in Worcester. This agency supports HLAA Central MA  as they advertised our group in their newsletter.

Ten week classes beginning in February.  Tuition is only $200 – that only $20 per class!!

Below are links to the promotional flyer and  sign up sheet.

      Please send your completed registration form to: Joan Philip.  Checks or money orders must be payable to: CLW.

      Any questions, please contact:

                Joan Philip,,       508-762-1165

Click here for sign-up sheet 

Spring ASL Class signup deadline is February 14th!

Kim White, Staff Interpreter, Center for Living & Working, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608

Phone:       508-755-1042

Fax:              508-797-4015

VP:               508-283-1036

TTY:              508-755-1003

Public VP:  508-762-1164

Posted by: hlacentralma | December 9, 2017

Open Caption and ASL performance at the Boch /Shubert Theater

boston opera house


Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, February 3rd, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets


Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, February 24th, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets


Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, April 21st, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

Information about Boston Opera House Accessibility

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 17 at 7:00pm
Shubert Theatre

All tickets $36.00


The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

Purchase tickets today for the ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned performance of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
All seats are located in the Orchestra (floor level) and are in direct sight line of the ASL Interpreter.

Posted by: hlacentralma | November 12, 2017

Massachusetts Legislation – HEALTH Act Amendment

Subject: HEALTH Act amendment
The Senate has filed a bill on health care financing reform – S.2202, the HEALTH Act.  The bill and amendments filed as of yesterday will be up for debate tomorrow and Thursday.  Senator Hinds filed two amendments to improve the affordability of hearing aids, both of which were modeled after Rep. Scibak’s filed legislation.

Amendment #28 – Health Care Coverage for Hearing Aids: Mandates all insurance companies to provide health care coverage for adults, at a similar level as the GIC.  The GIC currently provides full coverage for the first $500 and 80% coverage of the next $1,500 in the cost of one aid per hearing-impaired ear every 24 months. Senator Hinds’ amendment proposes the same amount of coverage, but at every 36 months, at the recommendation of the Committee on Financial Services, to align with preexisting law regarding coverage for children.

Amendment #29 – Tax Credit for Hearing Aids: establishes a $500 tax credit for tax filers who are of age 55 or older.

Please feel free to contact the following if there are any  questions or concerns.
Danielle Allard, Esq.
Director of Budget and Policy
Office of Senator Adam Hinds
State House – Room 309, Boston, MA 02133


Posted by: hlacentralma | October 13, 2017

How to Recycle Your Old Hearing Aids

Do you have old hearing aids stuck in a drawer that you keep just because you’re at a loss of what to do with them?  My son Harry wore hearing aids until he was 14 months old. Then he was implanted with his cochlear implants. I knew that he would never need his hearing aids again, […]

The post How to recycle your hearing aids in the UK and USA appeared first on Hearing Like Me.

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 9, 2017

Save the Date: October 29 is the New England Walk4Hearing!

walk4hearing3 weeks and counting !  To fund the work of your local HLAA chapter, local non-profit programs for people with hearing loss,  and HLAA’s national office, register today at!


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