For People with Hearing Loss and their Families and Friends | Education, Outreach, Support, Fun.

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        What Do You Do? What Do You Say?                                Coping Strategies for Hearing Loss

The recent meeting was well attended and many people asked questions.  John Donelan of the Dennis Fire Department brought smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors and other equipment and gave us the latest news.  The laws have changed for smoke detectors in the last few years.  If your smoke detector says anything about radiation, it is an old style and needs to be replaced.  Also, new detectors are equipped with long life batteries, and there is no more changing batteries yearly. 

 

Dr. Sandra Reams, audiologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation in Sandwich spoke about how to make sure you can hear and be listened to in the hospital setting. Her handouts are available below.

 

Watch this space for a meeting summary.

 HLAACC is a non-profit official chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, www.hearingloss.org .

 

We meet from 10 AM to about noon.  Our meetings are informative and pain-free.  No straining to hear.  Thanks to our CART reporter Stefanie Farrell, everything that is said is captioned on a large screen. Bring a friend or family member so the people you deal with every day understand hearing loss too. Come early for coffee and conversation.

Information that was discussed:

Hearing Loss Communication -- Help in a Medical Setting
Ideas from Dr. Sandra Reams on how to communicate with staff if you are hospitalized.
Click on the link to download the document and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview (Mac)
tips for hearing in hospital.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [135.4 KB]
Communication Tips from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
General tips for improving communication from Dr. Sandra Reams, audiologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, for people with a hearing loss.
hearing loss communication spaulding.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [126.0 KB]
Visor Cards for Drivers with Hearing Loss
Visor cards to keep handy if you are stopped by police. Downloads in Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview (Mac)
visor card hard of hearing.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [219.7 KB]
Visor Cards for Deaf Drivers
visor card deaf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [214.7 KB]

                              2016 Chapter DUES

 

    Please mail annual chapter Dues of $10 to Treasurer Marita Cable.

Make checks out to Hearing Loss Association Cape Cod and mail to:

Marita Cable

Treasurer, HLAACC

PO Box 502

Yarmouth Port, MA  02675

 

Include your name, address, phone number and email.  Tell us what you are interested in.  Would you like to join a committee such as the Social Committee, the Advocacy Committee, Loop Committee,  or the Publicity Committee?  We can't make this work without volunteers.  Plus, you will meet and work with some really neat people.  (blush!)

 

Additional donations are gratefully received. 

 

 

LOOPING AND ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM INFORMATION FOR LARGE ROOMS

Get in the Loop Cape Cod!
Get in the Loop meeting -- pdf of hearing loss on Cape Cod and the need for loops.
Get in the Loop Cape Cod 6MB.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.9 MB]
Get in the Loop Cape Cod! Power Point
Powerpoint file explains hearing loops and the need for them on Cape Cod.
Get in the Loop Cape Cod oct24.ppt
Microsoft Power Point presentation [5.7 MB]
Let's Loop Boston Slide Show by Dr Juliette Sterkens, Hearing Loss Association of America Looping advocate
A fact-filled explanation of the need for assistive devices in large meeting rooms.
WHY HEARING AIDS ALONE DO NOT WORK:
--> Hearing aids can make sound louder but do not correct
speech understanding difficulties or poor articulation.
-->Even the best of hearing aids and cochlear implants have difficulty separating speech from background noise (directional mics work best if distances are less than 6 feet)
Juliette Sterkens_slides_ 4_11_15.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [16.9 MB]

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Picture of Beethoven in middle age. Beethoven continued to compose as his hearing worsened.

"I am compelled to live as an exile.  If I approach near to people, a feeling of hot anxiety comes over me lest my condition should be noticed."

                

(Ludwig van Beethoven, 1802 letter to his brothers, from Mayo Clinic's On   Better Hearing and Balance, page 13.)

 

 

Are you still trying to fake it?  Find yourself "head bobbing?"

Come to our meetings and find out why hearing loss is NOT a disability--it's a communication problem!

 

We are one of 6 New England chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Hearing Loss Association Cape Cod serves people with hearing loss, their friends and families, in Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands.  All meetings are free and open to the public. 

 

Our group is run by volunteers and we invite you to join us.  Membership is only $10 a year.  There are many activities you can help with--from baking for the coffee table to advocating for accessibility at your neighborhood theater and everything in between.

 

There are three ways we make our meetings accessible to people with hearing loss.

  • Our meetings are transcribed with CART, computer assisted real time transmission.  You can READ what people are saying on a screen. 
  • Also, the meeting room has an induction loop in the ceiling which works invisibly with the telecoil in your hearing aid to bring the sound directly to your ears.
  • If you do not have a hearing aid, you can use our receivers and headphones to amplify the sound from the microphones. 

 

You don't have to strain to hear every word!

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