Plymouth Chapter Meets Wednesday March 28
Dr. Sandra Reams of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be the speaker.
Dr. Sandra Reams of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be the speaker.
Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter
"Serving People with Hearing Loss on the South Shore of Massachusetts"
Upcoming Meeting, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, Mass.
Improve Your Speechreading Skills
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act
An Update – How soon will hearing aids become more affordable?
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sandra Reams, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Sandwich
Sandra works at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in East Sandwich. She’ll give us an overview of speechreading (lipreading) including how to improve your skills, plus a short update on the
legislation on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act designed to provide greater public accessibility and affordability with over- the-counter hearing aids:
CART (real-time captioning) will be provided as well as ALDs (assistive listening devices)
The Mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
HLAA is a 501c (3) non-profit support group for people with hearing loss. Meetings are open to the public. All are welcome!
For further information about hearing loss, go to hearingloss.org or Contact Sandy Spekman at firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not need to RSVP for this meeting.
At the meeting on May 20, 2017 we were pleased to welcome guest speaker Peggy Ellertsen, M.Ed., C.C.C.-S.L.P. Peggy has worked in public and private settings for more than 30 years as a speech/language pathologist and audiology specialist. She is also a Trustee of the Hearing Loss Association of America and a member of the Boston Chapter. Peggy specializes in aural rehabilitation, is severely hearing impaired herself, and rather than discuss hearing loss treatment, she spoke about hearing loss management, or “aural rehabilitation.”
Diagnosed with hearing loss at 23, Peggy felt lucky to have met several rehabilitation audiologists who taught her about options and tools that “aren’t a substitute for hearing aids”, but would help her to make the very most of her hearing aids and residual hearing. One was Dr. Mark Ross from University of Kentucky. Known as “the grandfather of aural rehabilitation,” he defined it as “anything – any device, any procedure, any information, any interaction, any therapy – that lessens the social communicator from suffering consequences of hearing loss.”
At first, hearing loss treatment follows the medical model of testing, audiogram and fitting of hearing aids. Then, when you have tried to adjust to the outside world sounds, and you have returned to the audiologist because you still can’t hear everything you want to hear, the audiologist will proceed with hearing loss management which requires an active role on the part of the person with the hearing aid in changing some of the rules of communication. You plan more, you become more strategic. You are then looking at the “aural rehab model” which is other options besides the hearing test and the hearing aid.
The audiologist will ask you to think about your life with hearing loss and what, exactly, are the situations where you want to be able to function better. Called a “needs assessment”, this becomes collaboration between the person with hearing loss and the skills of the audiologist. It takes your most important listening problems and places them into one of four basic kinds of listening needs: face to face, media (TV-radio), hearing on the telephone, and any kind of alerting system (alarm clock). The person with the hearing loss will choose what is most important and the audiologist will proceed to help with some solutions by using his/her expertise about technical resolutions or different auditory training.
The meeting was begun with the question “What do you think is the very worst thing about living with hearing loss?” Some of the answers were Isolation, Frustration, Communication. Peggy showed how planning around your hearing loss is really important. It is easier to fake it, go along and just not be able to hear a lot. But your health and mental consequences of doing that are significant. So take charge! Self Advocacy is the answer.
The meeting was closed with Peggy promoting membership in the Hearing Loss Association of America and the chapters where some of the best information about hearing aids is acquired.
Summary by Janet J.
Read how Peggy Ellertsen spearheaded a new listening system for the Repertory Theatre.
Plymouth, Mass Chapter
Sandy Spekman email@example.com 508-224-7971
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:
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. NOTE: The laws have changed for smoke detectors. 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.
Please mail annual chapter Dues of $10 to Treasurer Marita Cable.
Make checks out to Hearing Loss Association Cape Cod and mail to:
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.
(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!
Hearing Loss Association Cape Cod served people with hearing loss, their friends and families, in Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands for almost 20 years. All meetings were free and open to the public.
Our group was run by volunteers and we spent over a year asking for volunteers to come forward, to no avail. It was our pleasure to help many people on the Cape with hearing issues.
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