Below is a link to the latest newsletter for our January 2016 meeting.
HLAA-LA January 2016 Newsletter
Hope to see many of you at this Saturday’s meeting! We’ll hear from a panel of “mixed couples” (one partner with hearing loss and one partner with normal hearing), who will discuss how hearing loss can affect their relationships. We welcome you to invite your friends, family members and significant others. It should be an informative, engaging and entertaining discussion, moderated by our own Dana Sunderland!
See you Saturday!
All are invited to the HEAR Center’s 2nd Annual Theater Night on March 19. The Pasadena Playhouse has been newly looped, and patrons have said that the sound quality is great. Please see this flyer for more information. This is a great way to support the Pasadena Playhouse, looped theater, and the HEAR Center.
The play is a fun musical called Casa Valentina. Dinner, parking, play ticket, along with a private room in the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse just for our group during Intermission, are included for $130 per person.
Sorry for the delay in providing the transcripts from last month’s meeting. Latest transcripts can be found below.
January 2016 Meeting Transcripts
For those of you who missed it, we discussed the PCAST report and its potential impacts on the hearing healthcare industry.
Please take a look and sign this petition. Juliette Sterkens from HLAA posted it on Facebook.
Stop the FCC from Removing the Telecoil Compatibility Requirement from HAC Phones
APPLE has petitioned the FCC to remove t coil compatibility from their phones. The theory is to replace it with updated technology to create more accessibility. That is all great, but the industry has yet to agree on an open wireless standard that is accessible to everyone like the t coil. Until they do, the t coil should stay.
We have another opportunity to have our voices heard and make a difference.
Please take a look at the petition.
Have a great weekend!
The Hollywood Bowl has released it’s summer schedule of concerts, which includes the annual Sound of Music singalong (moved to the end of June) and stagings of A Chorus Line and West Side Story, plus a tribute to Star Trek.
Check out the schedule here:
These are just Bowl-produced shows; It doesn’t list special event concerts, such as Andrea Bocelli (which is already set up for live CART).
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Some interesting news regarding the sale of laser hearing aids.
News in Brief | February 2016
FDA Approves Sale of Laser Hearing Aids
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21022016.13
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the marketing of a hearing aid that uses a laser diode and direct vibration of the eardrum to amplify sound.
The device uses a phenomenon known as the optoacoustic effect, in which some of the photons of certain types of light are absorbed and their energy is transformed into sound-generating waves when the light strikes a surface. About 10 years ago, scientists began exploring how this ability to “hear” light could be used in hearing aids.
Interesting story out of Canada… A deaf owner of six coffee house franchises reaches out to those now unemployed due to the abrupt closing of Goodwill stores.
Below is the link to the January 2016 newsletter.
HLAA-LA January 2016 Newsletter
Please note, I will no longer be listing birthdays and anniversaries on the newsletter. Unfortunately, the roster I was using for this information is very outdated and does not include many new members.
We hope that many of you will come to our chapter meeting next Saturday, January 23. We will be discussing the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) report and how it could potentially affect us as consumers, and the hearing healthcare industry as a whole.
You can read more about the PCAST at the following links:
Our president Pat Widman will be out of town for a much-deserved vacation, so Steering Committee member and Treasurer Ken Cluskey will be leading the discussion. As always, there will be refreshments and coffee and the meeting will be captioned and looped.
See many of you on Saturday!
’Tis the season for our HLAA-LA fun-filled Holiday Party! Thank you so much Nancy Gray for hosting it. You won’t want to miss this. It’s a blast!
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Attached are the transcripts from Saturday’s meeting shown below.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
November 2015 Meeting Transcripts