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

Contact us:  email--support at                      call-508-432-4065 Janet

              Saturday, May 20th at 10 AM                                 Our Speaker:  Peggy Ellertsen                               Living Better with Hearing Loss 

   Are you newly diagnosed with hearing loss and wondering what to do next?

 Join us to hear Peggy Ellertsen, a Trustee of the Hearing Loss Association of America, discuss the skills of Aural Rehabilitation on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. at Dennis Public Library, Dennis Port.

    Peggy Ellertsen is a speech and language pathologist who has worked in public and private settings for more than 30 years.  If you are embarrassed and self-conscious, have lost contact with family and friends and are worried about the future, there is help. 


Aural rehabilitation is the process of providing different types of therapies for the hearing impaired.  It helps with learning new strategies for coping effectively, such as how to choose hearing aids and other assistive devices.


Yes, telephones, television and movie theatres have captions.  But there is more! 


Come and find out how hearing loss management is achievable.

    The meeting will be live-captioned by a computer assisted real-time transcription (CART) reporter for those with hearing loss.  In addition, the meeting room is looped, so audience members with a hearing aid telecoil will hear the speaker directly and clearly in their hearing aid.

    Sponsored by the Cape Cod Chapter of HLAA, the meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments at 9:30.  For further information, call 508-432-4065.


AUDIOLOGY by Dr. Emily Pastore,  September 2016

    Our speaker  Dr. Emily Pastore, AuD. presented an interesting and wide ranging talk on audiology, as a doctor and also a patient.

     Dr. Pastore earned her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Audiology from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry from The University of Detroit Mercy.  Dr. Pastore has practiced Audiology for over ten years in Virginia, Maine, South Carolina and Massachusetts, thanks to her military husband.  Her interests include diagnostic audiometry, ABR evaluations (testing hearing nerves), OAE (testing inner ear responses) and VNG (testing inner ear balance) along with hearing aid dispensing. 


She is the audiologist at Cape Cod Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists.  Her department is Cape Cod Hearing Services Inc., 65 Cedar Street in Hyannis.  The phone is:  508-790-0063.

The website is:


Watch this space for a summary of the meeting.  Dr. Pastore graciously allowed us to publish her slide show on our website:

Audiology by Dr. Emily Pastore
Dr. Pastore's slide show can be downloaded to your computer. Click on the title, audiology pastore.pdf below. It will open in Adobe pdf. Use the right arrow on your keyboard to advance the slides. You can change the size of the text in the menu bar.
audiology pastore.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.6 MB]

Updated contacts for Cape Cod Lions Clubs.  If you need a hearing aid or other hearing help, your local Lions Club can help you. 

Download 2016 Lions Club Contacts. Your local Lions Club helps with HEARING AIDS.
2016 Cape Cod LIONS CLUB officers. Your local LIONS CLUB can provide refurbished hearing aids and hearing exams to you. See more information in the menu on the right under FREE AND LOW COST RESOURCES.
Cape Lions Clubs 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [27.8 KB]

Coping Strategies for Hearing Loss -- March meeting

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 to read and download below.

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]
DOWNLOAD Call to Action Suggestions
Download this list of suggestions to take action. by the 2016 Walk4Hearing committee.
Adobe Acrobat document [154.5 KB]

                              2017 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. 




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.
--> 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!

We appreciate the support of our sponsors.  We are a nonprofit and do not give endorsements.  We encourage your exploration of options.