Upcoming Events

Saturday March 21, 2020 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Topic: Beyond My Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant

Speaker: Informal Rap Session with Participants

This “meeting” will be an informal rap session where we can learn from each other.  We had a session last year called “Living With Hearing Loss” that provided an excellent exchange of ideas.

This year we will focus on “Beyond the Hearing Aid/CI.”  For those of us who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, we find ourselves in situations where that technology is just not enough.  Some people use technology (assistive devices, smart phone apps), clever non-technical strategies, and other techniques to supplement the hearing aid and/or CI.

We all participate in a range of activities and events outside the chapter meeting.  This is an opportunity to share things that work and learn new tricks.

The session will be held at the Northborough Library from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be CART (computer aided real time captioning).
Light refreshments, free admission, everyone welcome!
Ample library parking off Patty Lane.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Topic: Introduction to Cochlear Implants

Speaker: Caitlin Agreda, Au.D., CCC-A Audiologist UMass Memorial Medical Center

Topic: How to Choose a Cochlear Implant Vendor

Speaker: Ellen Perkins and Barbara Johnson

This program is designed for people who are curious about cochlear implants as a potential solution or just interested in learning what they are about.  Caitlin will present an introduction to cochlear implants focusing on what a cochlear implant is, how it works, and what the process is. Ellen and Barbara will then reprise their popular presentation on how to navigate the vendor promotional fluff and understand the offerings of the 3 cochlear implant manufacturers.

Saturday, September 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

.Topic: Convention Recap and Update on National Efforts

Speakers: Beth Wilson and Margaret Myatt

Beth and Margaret will be attending the HLAA convention and will provide highlights from the workshops and exhibit hall.  They expect to be able to report the latest news on Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids, Medicare coverage for hearing aids, rules and regulations related to captioning, and other national policy activity to benefit all of us with hearing loss.

Saturday, November 7th
from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Topic: Are You Listening?

Speaker: Darleen Wilson

On Nov. 7th, the guest speaker will be Ms. Darleen Wilson.  Ms. Wilson is a life-long musician and is actively dealing with the consequences of her own moderate-severe hearing loss. Convinced that there are better solutions for hearing technologies, Wilson undertook a Masters in Human Factors to expand her perspective on product design. She focuses her work on improving hearing products and services.  Wilson serves on the Audiology Leadership Advisory Council for Mass. Eye and Ear (a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School).


All meetings will be held at the Northborough 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 let us know.
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



Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day
Monday, March 30, 2020, 10 am – 12 pm

A gathering of community members, Statewide Advisory Council members, legislators, and state agency directors at the Great Hall, State House, Boston.

Program and annual awards
For more information and/or to request close vision/tactile interpreters:

Deadline for communication access requests is: March 2, 2020
Afternoon Legislative Visits: Meet with your legislators to discuss community concerns and bills of interest.  Schedule your visits in advance: find your legislators’ names and contact information on the web at malegislature.gov.

To request communication access: contact the ADA Coordinator at the
State House by email at carl.richardson@state.ma.us or via phone at 857-400-
5502. Requests are due by March 16th.

HLAA North of Boston On-going Support GroupMain Street Wakefield, Massachusetts

3rd Wednesday-of-the-month Peer Support Meeting 

3rd Wednesday of every month
at 11:00 AM
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (2nd floor)
345 Main Street, Wakefield

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