Chapter Success Stories – Lisa Yuan!

Our chapter has helped and encouraged so many members to understand, appreciate and learn to successfully move forward through the help and support of our chapter members. Through this, numerous success stories come forth including our own Lisa Yuan!

Although Lisa recently moved to the other side of the U.S., she is endeared and loved by our chapter through her many years of dedication to the chapter. Lisa’s story of what the chapter has helped her overcome and succeed is a story well worth sharing.

Let’s learn more about her story and the influence the chapter had on her life.

Lisa’s Story…

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Our Chapter New Home Search

To our chapter members

As you may know, we are now in search of a new home for our chapter. It’s an exciting journey ahead but it will take involvement from everyone to offer ideas, input and to help us eventually find a new home. Here are the top choices thus far:

  • Dairy Queen
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Staples Center
  • The Forum
  • Six Flags

Tell us what you think and please share further ideas you may have.

The SC

UC Irvine Seeking CI Users for Research

UC Irvine Hearing and Speech

Getting ready for a movie part?

I’m sharing this message from a graduate student at UC Irvine Hearing and Speech Lab, who is looking for cochlear implant users for his research. You won’t have to do much except sit there with a funky sensor cap on (see image below), and will be paid $10 an hour plus gas mileage:

The purpose of this study is to investigate how the head shapes electrical fields produced by cochlear implants. The aim is to help improve medical devices that use electrical stimulation to treat hearing-related and various neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy).

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Amazing Grace Tiessen

Grace Tiessen

Amazing Grace Tiessen

Our own Grace Tiessen will be celebrating her 97th birthday in April. She is our own Energizer Bunny and an inspiration to us all.

Learn more about Grace, her hearing loss journey and her many contributions to HLAA at the following links.

Happy Birthday Grace and many more!!


Ken Cluskey Chosen for Hard of Hearing Consumer Representative of TADDAC

From Katherine Burns

We have one more announcement of another member’s wonderful achievement. Ken Cluskey was chosen for the position of Hard of Hearing Consumer Representative for TADDAC (Telecommunications Access for the Deaf and Disabled Administrative Committee). This is the committee that advises the California Public Utilities Commission on programs and services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and other disabled. Several people applied, including me, so it says a lot about Ken that he was chosen.

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Georgia Fleischer Wins Marcia Dugan Advocacy Award

Great news from a member of our chapter! Georgia Fleischer is being awarded the Marcia Dugan Advocacy Award by HLAA National ( The award will be presented at the HLAA Convention in June.
Lisa Yuan shared below what she wrote on the nomination form. There was a word limit – otherwise Lisa would have gone on even further about Georgia’s accomplishments!

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