Saturday, May 31, 2014

Young HLAA Leader Sets the World on Fire!

Zina Jawadi, HLAA leader and Silicon Valley Chapter member, sells the excitement of the HLAA Convention 2014 in Austin. Watch the video here.

Zina will receive the 2014 Outstanding Young Adult Award at the HLAA Convention. Watch the video and you'll see why.

Congratulations Zina!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hearing Wellness Expo in Florida this Saturday, May 31

The HLAA Lakeland Chapter is sponsoring a Hearing Wellness Expo. Tell your friends and family in the area.

Hearing Wellness Expo
Saturday, May 31, 1014
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33901

Meet exhibitors and hearing health care professionals. 
Attend educational seminars.
Learn about support in HLAA Chapters and Resources
Door prizes -- Silent Auction -- Fun!

For more information go to

Get in the Hearing Loop in Upstate New York

Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D., national spokesperson for HLAA's Get in the Hearing Loop program, will talk about how hearing loop technology can enrich the listening experience for hearing aid and cochlear implant users. If you're in the area, come to these free events:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
HLAA Albany Chapter
Delmar Reformed Church
386 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
5:30 p.m. Reception and Light Fare
6 p.m. Opening Remarks
8:15 p.m. Closing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
HLAA Rochester Chapter
RIT/NTID Campus -- SDC 1310
5:30 p.m. Reception and Light Fare
6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 p.m. Closing

Thursday, June 12, 2014
HLAA Binghamton Area Chapter
Johnson City Senior Center
30 Brockton Street
Johnson City, NY 13790
5:30 p.m. Reception and Light Fare
6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 p.m. Closing

Sunday, May 25, 2014

How should we celebrate our 35th birthday?

HLAA turns 35 in November. The question that I have for all of you is how should we celebrate? We need your ideas.

"35" Candles Burning
HLAA has changed a lot of lives and made a difference for so many, including you and me. We would like to recognize the 35 years of HLAA accomplishments with 35 simple events starting in November 2014 and ending in November 2015 with a grand gala reception. In the 12 months leading up to the gala, we want to celebrate with 35 easy-to-do “events in order to bring all of HLAA nation together each month, state-by-state and chapter-by-chapter.

For example, one HLAA member suggested each chapter have a Movie Night on the same evening where chapter members shared a captioned movie at a local theatre and all of us went out of their way to thank all the theatre staff while they were there.

Another member mentioned it might be nice to simply recognize those who have been the chapter’s biggest supporters over the years at the chapter’s holiday party. The honorees might include past officers, donors and sponsors.

Someone else mentioned the idea of chapter members inviting family, friends and other people with hearing loss to meetings with a chapter goal of having 35 newcomers visit the chapter in the birthday year.

I love all three of these ideas, especially since they all offer photo opportunities for each chapter to share. But we need a total of 35 ideas to suggest to all chapters with the idea that each chapter would plan do at least one a month. So what else might we consider?

The theme of the year’s celebrations is 35 years for 48 million! The idea is to commemorate our 35 years of education, advocacy and support we provide for the 48 million Americans with hearing loss.
Why not ask your members for their thoughts by spending a few minutes brainstorming at your next chapter meeting.

I would love to hear all your ideas and suggestions that you and your members have even if you think some ideas may be going too far. The only bad ideas are the one you don’t share.

Director of Chapter Development

Friday, May 23, 2014

News You Can Use

News You Can Use from HLAA National for Chapter and State Newsletters, Websites, or to Read at Meetings

Dear Editors and Leaders,

We have prepared news you can cut and paste for your newsletters, websites and/or read at meetings. It might interest people to know that your work in the chapters and states has the backing of a national organization we are all part of. 

We are all here for the same reasons–to create awareness about hearing loss, reduce the stigma, and help people live well with their hearing loss.

If you would like a copy of this news, it is posted both on the Leaders Listserve and the Newsletter Editors Listserve. Or simply email Barbara Kelley to request the May 22 issue of HLAA News You Can Use.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 26th.

Barbara Kelley

Dear Abby to Run Letter About Hearing Loss and HLAA

We just got word from the Dear Abby staff that they will run a letter from HLAA Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall about hearing loss and HLAA. 

Look for the syndicated column on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

How Did This Happen?
YOU! Many HLAA members wrote to Dear Abby a few months ago after she had a reader ask for help about hearing loss. With an overwhelming amount of letters from HLAA folks, they realized HLAA is the go-to organization for people with hearing loss. They chose Anna's letter to print.

What Does this Mean?
They told us it means a heightened interest in HLAA and hearing loss and we should expect that. We are gearing up for the calls and emails. We will refer people to HLAA Chapters so please get ready to answer calls and emails as well.

Our Hopes
We truly hope people find the help they need in HLAA and seek out chapters for a place they can go locally where it's okay not to hear well and get the support they need.

We'll let you know if we have any more news about this. Thanks for being there.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Last Call for State Honorees at 2014 HLAA Convention

If you have a changing of the guard in any State Coordinator or State Board position, please let me know by Monday, May 19.  So far we have not received any changes of personnel. We would love to be able to recognize everyone for the their contributions at the 2014 HLAA National Convention in Austin during the Sunday award breakfast. The people we wish to honor:

State Association Presidents  – Retiring

State Association Presidents  – Incoming

State Office Directors – Retiring

State Office Directors – Incoming

State Chapter Coordinators – Retiring

State Chapter Coordinators – Incoming

Please let me know if you have any candidates with an email by clicking on my name below. 

Thank you.

Director of Chapter Development

Two leaders honored for their community impact

I would like to feature two extraordinary leaders because they serve as a model for all of us. Their efforts remind us to get the widespread communication access that we need in our community requires that our voice be heard. Please follow their lead and try to make it a habit to thank all the community venues that have added a loop or CART that makes a difference for you. Please consider extending the same appreciation to any movie house that has provided a captioning system or loop that allows you to enjoy films again. If your favorite meeting place or church would be helped by a loop or CART, educate them on the benefits of these communication systems. Your gratitude can go a long way in helping to create a more an hearing friendly world.

Ann Thomas photo
Ann Thomas
Ann Thomas awarded for her advocacy in California
Ann Thomas, president of the HLAA-Diablo Valley Chapter, received the 2014 Hamilton Relay Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the State of California for her outstanding leadership in advocating for hearing loss causes in the community. Bravo Ann!

Jeff Bonnell photo
Jeff Bonnell
Jeff Bonnell recognized for his advocacy in Georgia 
Georgia State Leader Jeff Bonnell is the recipient of the 2014 Hamilton Relay Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the State of Georgia for his exceptional efforts to advocate for hearing loss access in the community. Congratulations Jeff!

Join me in extending kudos to Ann and Jeff.

I would love to hear more about your local heroes and the helpful ways that you and your members are promoting hearing access in your community. To e-mail me, just click on my name.

Ed Ogiba
Director of Chapter Development

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Webinar for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss

Spread the word to chapter members.

Audiological Evaluations, Findings and Recommendations 
A Parent's Guide
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Presenter: Nicole Raia

Read more here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

You're Part of the Three D Picture of HLAA

Last year the HLAA Board of Trustees, along with input from staff and HLAA leaders, developed a Statement of Strategic Intent.

In a nutshell, a strategic intent is a compelling statement about where an organization is going that succinctly conveys a sense of what that organization wants to achieve in the long term. Strategic intent answers the question: “What exactly are we trying to accomplish?”

The Three Ds

A strategic intent can provide a:
  • Sense of direction for the organization
  • Sense of discovery that it holds out to members as a promise to learn about other organizations and operate in the marketplace with best practices 
  • Sense of destiny that we have a worthwhile goal that can be embraced across the organization; i.e., the Board, staff, members, chapters and state organizations
I just read this document again this morning. It's a good thing to do to remind myself that all my tasks and thinking for HLAA and its members should go hand in hand with this document.

Chapter development is key in this strategic intent along with branding ourselves as one organization all working together. There is power and influence in a strong brand. There is crucial peer support and community awareness in chapters.

I could go on, but read it yourself and draw your own conclusions. Let this be your guide as you look ahead.

Barbara Kelley
Deputy Executive Director
Editor-in-Chief, Hearing Loss Magazine

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Southern California State Chapter Coordinator Honored

Nanci Linke-Ellis, Southern California HLAA Chapter coordinator, is the recipient of the Jerry Stein Independent Living Award from the Disabled Resources Center, Inc. She is recognized for her tireless work in providing captioning in movie theaters and on TV screens nationwide. People with hearing loss can be grateful to Nanci for her years of hard work to make these entertainment venues communication accessible with captions.

Disabled Resources Center
39th Annual Award Dinner Celebrating “A World of Ability”
June 19, 2014
The Reef on the Water-Long Beach, California
For reservations and information, call 562.427.1000 Ext, 120

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Evolution of Hearing Loss Magazine

Dear Friends,

Your May/June Hearing Loss Magazine is in the mail. Members can also access your digital copy now through the HLAA Portal Login.

You might notice this issue is spiffed up a bit. You will still recognize it as your familiar Hearing Loss Magazine but with a fresh look as we move toward our 35th anniversary. There are also elements that tie the magazine more closely to our social media and website.

Over the years, our award-winning magazine has been redesigned only five times. The magazine has also had various names. The first issue was named Shhh – A journal about hearing loss published by Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. It was published in July/Aug 1980, eight months after the organization was founded. Founder Rocky Stone hand wrote the entire issue on a legal pad and took it to the printer for creation.

We don’t execute change often or cavalierly. However, when we feel the time is right, we do it with thoughtful deliberation in regard to branding and concern for you – our members – who have come to depend on the look and feel as well as the trustworthy content of your magazine. 

If you've ever written an article for the magazine, thank you! We depend on our authors, both hearing health care professionals and people with hearing loss, to make the content relevant.

Find back issues here

Editor-in-Chief, Hearing Loss Magazine

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

You Don’t Have to Face Your Hearing Loss Alone
Front: Laurie Pullins, Kathy Borzell, Janet the Hearing Dog, Rosemary Tuite, Chelle George
Middle: Danielle Nicosia, Jeff Bonnell, Gary Trompower, John Kinstler
Top: Hayleigh Scott, Lois Johnson
These HLAA members know how important it is to get your hearing tested and if you have a hearing loss, seek treatment. May is a month set aside to bring awareness to hearing loss and remind people that hearing loss is a major health issue that should be prevented, screened for and treated. 

Yet, there is more to a hearing loss beyond the hearing aid or cochlear implant. These members have joined HLAA where they have found out three major things:

  • You don’t have to face hearing loss alone. 
  • Hearing loss is a daily challenge you can overcome.
  • You don’t have to hide your hearing loss.
Featured During May

Better Speech and Hearing Month – Identify the signs and learn more about the campaign sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Get materials and ideas here for HLAA Chapter outreach.

The National Hearing Test (NHT) offers a hearing screening over the phone. The NHT was developed by Chuck Watson, Ph.D., and colleagues, Indiana University's Speech and Hearing Sciences, with grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Do You Think You Have a Hearing Loss? Download this free HLAA brochure.

Watch captioned videos to learn the basics about hearing loss.

Consider getting a hearing aid if one has been recommended. Download this free HLAA Consumer Checklist to take with you when you visit your hearing health care provider.

Visit an HLAA Chapter where it’s okay not to hear well. These are hearing-friendly meetings across the country with interesting speakers and programs, all designed for people like hearing loss.

Ask people to join HLAA, the organization that represents 48 million people with hearing loss in Washington D.C. on issues related to hearing loss. Hearing Loss Magazine is included with membership.