HLAA Sarasota – Wrapping up the “SEASON” – Three Informative Meetings
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Chapter Meeting – Noon to 1:30 PM, North Sarasota Library
Dan Ladimir, Title IV ADA Specialist
ClearCaptions -“Communicate Easier on the Phone – At No Cost!”
Dan will explain how captioning service is paid for through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Just as captioning can help you watch TV, you can see your entire phone conversations on landline and mobile phones in real-time – and at no cost.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Chapter Meeting – Noon to 1:30 PM, North Sarasota LibraryHenry Kisor is the retired book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and author of six mystery novels set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1981 and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001. Kisor’s reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and on MSNBC.
Henry, who has lived with profound deafness since the age of three, will give attendees insight into strategies he employed to create a full and successful life. He will point out how people with any degree of hearing loss can do the same.
Friday, May 17, 2019
After Hours Meeting – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Bravo Coastal Bar & KitchenTopic: “New Emerging Technologies & Treatments for Hearing Loss”
Dr. Jack Wazen, MD, ENT will take us behind the scenes for the latest developments in hearing restoration.
Dr. Wazen is the Director of Research for the Ear Research Foundation and is an expert in treating dizziness, balance and other disorders, as well as performs cochlear implant surgery.
We know that our hearing aids/cochlear implants do not work without batteries. We put in a new battery and sigh with relief that we can hear again. We are a battery away from hearing or not hearing. Isn’t that interesting?
It goes without saying that we folks with hearing loss must carry spare batteries all the time, everywhere we go.
Fresh batteries give the best performance. When you remove the little orange tab from your new battery, let it sit for one minute before you insert it into your hearing aid. It will last longer. Try not to pull the tab off until you are ready to use the battery.
If the battery gets wet, then throw it out. Batteries do not work well when wet. With implant batteries, place them in a dryer overnight. If you are lucky, they will dry out. I heard of someone who dropped one in the toilet. It still worked after a night in the dryer.
Remember to remove the battery from your hearing aid and leave the battery door open when you take off your hearing aid. With implants, also do remove the battery from the implant when you are not using it.
Happy April. Happy Hearing!
TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More!
Hearing Loss Association of America – Sarasota/Manatee
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Upcoming Chapter Meeting –
Topic: “Communicate Easier on the Phone – At No Cost”
ClearCaptions is a FREE phone captioning service that provides near real-time call captions of phone conversations for anyone hard-of-hearing or with any form of hearing loss. You can read real-time written call captions of what callers say on your revolutionary home phone, mobile device, or your computer.
LUNCH AND LEARN WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!
The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.
March Chapter Meeting Recap
“Why Should I Consider a Cochlear Implant?” was our topic and Virgi Mills, MED, a Consumer Engagement Manager for MED-EL was the presenter. A well-attended Chapter meeting learned about all the latest in advancement of cochlear implants, including bone conduction technology. As they say on Twitter, #bellsandwhistles.
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with a great raffle with the assistance of Doug Schuler in full Irish regalia.
“After Hours” is our social networking meeting format, expanded to 5 evenings for 2019, and featuring expert speakers.
After Hours and Happy Hour
Join us on May 17 when will meet together at the
Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen
Westfield Sarasota Mall
3501 S. Tamiami Trail
Between Siesta Drive & Bee Ridge
After Hours will begin at 5:00 PM … Happy Hour follows at 6:00 PM
New, Emerging Technologies & Treatments For Hearing Loss
Presenter: Dr. Jack Wazen, MD, ENT
Silverstein Institute and Director of Research, Ear Research Foundation
Dr. Wazen is an expert who specializes in treating dizziness, balance and other disorders, as well as performs cochlear implant surgery. During his presentation, he will take us behind the scenes for the latest developments in hearing restoration.
Bring your questions!
Center for Arts & Humanities
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, SarasotaJoin us – the room is looped and CART, too!
MARCH AFTER HOURS MEETING RECAP
Here in “Loop Sarasota” country, we learned that the rechargeable hearing aids do not come with a t-coil at this time.
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SCENE & HEARD
COME VISIT US AT THE SARASOTA FARMERS MARKET ON APRIL 27TH!
The Chapter educates and advocates for those with hearing loss at the Sarasota Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of each month. We are generally set up at Main and Lemon.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th
7:00 AM to 1:00 PM – SARASOTA
LISTEN!UP RECOMMENDS ….
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LOUD & CLEAR
ADVOCACY – HEARING LOOP UPDATES
Sarasota Airport – The airport looping project is nearly complete. The ceiling installations required additional amplifiers and have delayed the installation. A formal announcement of Florida’s first looped airport should be forthcoming in April.
Note from Anne Taylor:
On behalf of the Sarasota/Manatee board, I would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to board member Richard Williams for bringing the hearing loop technology to the attention of the Sarasota airport board. Because of Richard’s initiative and passion for improving communication access, in the near future, many of us with hearing loss will have a more enjoyable experience when traveling to/from the SRQ airport. Thank you, Richard!
Read the article at https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/HL_2019_2_Frazier.pdf.
Players Theatre – A meet and greet with the architect of the new Player’s Lakewood Ranch performing arts campus took place on March 21. The architect was proud to announce that the design includes a hearing loop as well as wider aisles. The new Player’s will be north of Fruitville Road just east of I-75.
Member Ed Ogiba advocated for the addition of the loop at the Players ten years ago. Before that, member Frank Stocco prepared captions on PowerPoint. Frank and Artistic Director Jeffrey Kin were very pleased about announcement of the hearing loop in the new theatre. Groundbreaking is expected in October 2019.
HEARING TECH EXPO ANNOUNCED FOR 2020!
The date for the Eighth Hearing Tech Expo is Saturday, February 15, 2020
The Chapter plans to offer:
CHAPTER BOARD BUSINESS
The Board met on March 19 and completed its Committee assignments, but have several committees that still need some members to step up and volunteers to assist the all-volunteer organization in its mission to the community. Publicity will be sent out on this.
Next board meeting is Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Center for Arts and Humanities
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
LIP-READING CLASSES FOR THE SPRING
Classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning May 1 and end June 5th, which makes a total of 6 classes.
The address is:
Sessions are from 10:00 AM to Noon in Room 205 at the Vocational Building and are FREE thanks to an anonymous grant.
Check the latest schedule at: https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/webinars/schedule-recordings/.
Bill graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration. For 25 years, Bill served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Steelcase, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Bill currently travels the world as an adventurer and storyteller to promote education and awareness around hearing and vision loss. He is on the executive committee of the Hearing Loss Association of America (Grand Rapids chapter), serves on the board of directors of No Barriers USA and is a community ambassador for Hear the World.
You can view this and past webinars at any time. Link to:
MEMBERSHIP AND RENEWAL NOTES
As an HLAA member, you are part of an organization with a mission to provide information, education, support and advocacy to people with hearing loss.
Through our advocacy work at the federal level, we represent 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States – that includes you.
Chapter Members, please note:
If your membership has expired, please renew (or join) by linking to:http://www.hearingloss.org/content/join
If you prefer to mail or fax your membership form, please download the membership form [PDF] for your convenience
PRIVATE EYES MOVIE CLUB
The Club will meet on Tuesday, April 30 around 4:00 to 4:30 PM at the Hollywood 11 on Main St. in Sarasota.
At your option, a roundtable “review” and other conversation follow at a restaurant within a short walking distance of the theatre. HLAA members are entitled to a FREE movie ticket with their first outing with the Movie Club. Those interested should contact Anne Taylor to be included in the monthly club mailings (email@example.com).
Meet Anne at the inside box office to get your SONY Caption Glasses and when we have enough attendees, we often get “open captions”.
Movie Club reviews “Green Book” at MADE after the March meeting!
CURTAIN TIME THEATRE CLUB – PLAYERS
The 89th season of the Players Theatre has drawn to a close. Stay tuned to Listen!Up for the Summer Sizzler tickets to be offered in our May issue still in negotiation.
838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
If you attend a performance, thank them for the loop.
If you use the box office in person, thank them for the loop.
BETWEEN THE COVERS BOOK CLUB
Listen!Up recommends buy the book now whether you are able to attend or not. A very wise investment!
After seven years as editor of Listen!Up, your editor is retiring in June. If anyone wishes to step up, contact the editor at RNW1976@aol.com. Facebook, eblasts and the website will continue to keep members and friends up to date on the Chapter’s events.
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