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November 21, 2019 hearingloss.org
Hearing Aids Lower the Chance of Dementia, Depression and Falling
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A new study finds that hearing devices benefit older adults in multiple ways, from physical safety to brain health. Almost one in four people in the United States aged 65-74 has disabling hearing loss. Many people who would benefit from wearing a hearing aid do not wear one.

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A Delay in Getting Hearing Aids Can Mean More than Hearing Trouble
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In this article from nextavenue.org, author Mark Ray explains how hearing loss can lead to changes in the brain, and some are negative.
HLAA New York State Association is Revived
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Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is pleased to announce the revival of the HLAA New York State Association (NYSA). We would like to introduce you to the new NYSA Board Officers and Members. HLAA is excited to see strong statewide representation again for people with hearing loss in New York and wish the new NYSA board much success! Anyone interested in learning more or have questions about HLAA NYSA, please send an email to hlaa.newyorkstate@gmail.com or to Dan Brooks, president of NYSA, at dbrooks.hlaa.roc@gmail.com. HLAA appreciates your support of the revived HLAA New York State Association.

MED-EL USA Launches 3rd Annual Ideas4Ears Children’s Invention Contest
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Winner of global competition plus one parent/guardian will receive a trip to MED-EL’s international headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria
Open to children aged 6-12 years old, the Ideas4Ears contest encourages the youngest generation of inventors to share ideas designed to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. Participants are asked to showcase their invention through various media, such as artwork, drawings, videos, or sculptures. The contest is designed to challenge kids with their creative skills: a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists, or a clever idea that helps people with hearing loss and makes their lives easier.

The contest opened on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in celebration of World Inventors’ Day. Entries must be submitted to ideas4ears.org by midnight EST on Friday, January 17, 2020, which is also Kid Inventors’ Day.
HLAA2020 Convention Call for Papers
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Call for Papers Closes on Friday, December 6!
Interested in presenting a workshop at HLAA2020 Convention? The deadline is fast approaching! This year we have added a new workshop track, employment, in addition to our previous tracks of advocacy, hearing assistive technology, lifestyle, and state/chapter development.

Please complete a Call for Papers form and email it to convention@hearingloss.org before the deadline of December 6, 2019.

Honor HLAA’s Finest
We are accepting nominations until December 6, 2019. Complete the Application Form.

HLAA2020 Convention Registration Opens in Early December!
HLAA2020 in New Orleans, presented by CapTel Captioned Telephone, promises to be an experience you do not want to miss. Discounted rates to attend HLAA2020 Convention will begin early December when we open up Early-Bird registration. Secure your spot by March 2 to receive these discounted registration rates. See you in NOLA!

You Make Life Better for People with Hearing Loss
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Thank you for helping us help people with hearing loss. Already through volunteerism, advocacy, and peer support, you are making a difference. Will you make a special year-end gift to help HLAA continue its work? With your gift, thousands more people will learn what to do about their hearing loss and be connected with essential resources and support. Learn more and donate now through December 31. You make all the difference!

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We Are There For You Toward Better Hearing Health
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This year, nearly 275 people took that first, important step toward better hearing health and got their hearing screened at one of our 10 Walk4Hearing locations. Thank you to the ten hearing screening providers on Walk day; you were part of this success.

Congratulations to Houston Walk4Hearing for continuing the streak providing the most screenings totaling 57 walkers!

Didn’t get your hearing screened or suspect that you need to get your hearing checked? Get started today, find an audiologist near you.

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Communication Tips for the Holiday Season
HLAA wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. The holidays can be very stressful for someone with a hearing loss. It is easy to feel left out, isolated, bewildered and sad. Here are Seven Tips to Better Communication to help make this holiday more enjoyable for everyone.
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