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January 23, 2020 hearingloss.org
HLAA West Valley Chapter Donates American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick, to Local Hearing Center
West Valley Chapter President, Melanie O’Rourke presented Dr. Shanna Mortensen-Dewsnup, Au.D., CCC-A of Happy Ears Hearing Center with the 2020 American Girl Doll of the Year™, Joss Kendrick.
On Friday, January 10, 2020, West Valley Chapter President, Melanie O’Rourke presented Dr. Shanna Mortensen-Dewsnup, Au.D., CCC-A of Happy Ears Hearing Center with American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick. “Members of the HLAA West Valley Chapter, Arizona, understand the challenges of the hearing loss. The donation of this doll is one way we can help a young person with hearing loss.” O’Rourke said.

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How to Make Your Corporate Hearings Accessible to People with Hearing Loss
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With 48 million Americans experiencing some level of hearing loss, it’s essential that your meetings and events are accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It’s almost guaranteed that any meeting or event of medium size will host someone with hearing loss. Author Kathy Monte shares how to make sure your next meeting or event meets their needs.

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Serving Children With Hearing Loss in Public School Settings
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With the advent of neonatal hearing screening and technological advances in cochlear implants, more children are being served in general education classrooms each year. As children are identified earlier and fit with amplification or a cochlear implant at an earlier age, they are more readily entering mainstream education and closing the gap in their performance relative to their peers with normal hearing. In this article for The ASHA Leader, authors Linda M, Thibodeau and Cheryl DeConde Johnson discuss several challenges that must be addressed by both speech-language pathologists and audiologists who serve children with hearing loss in the public schools.

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Book Your Hotel for HLAA2020!
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This year, HLAA2020 will all be under one roof at the New Orleans Marriott. Make a room reservation using the HLAA room block by calling 504.581.1000 or online.

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Experiencing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
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To mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, is producing numerous videos for their YouTube channel. Here is an English-language video about deaf people experiencing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. One of the protagonists is Paul Whittaker, a deaf British musician who founded Music and the Deaf, a charity that helps deaf people learn to enjoy music, and who organizes Feel the Music workshops for deaf and hard of hearing children, along with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Thanks to the Queen of England, I Feel Like Royalty in My Hearing Aids
Shari Eberts and her family
From HLAA Board member and author Shari Eberts:

“Look Mom! You are just like the queen!” my 14-year-old son texted me a few days ago, after seeing news coverage and a photo of the queen of England wearing a hearing aid. Apparently, this was the first time the 93-year-old monarch has been seen wearing a hearing aid in public. This is surprising given her age, but maybe not so surprising given the stigma that continues to surround hearing loss. Perhaps she thought a hearing aid would make her look dotty, undignified or even weak. I know these feelings firsthand.

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Cover (musician on stage playing guitar) of the 2020 January/February issue of the Hearing Life magazine
Jan/Feb Hearing Life issue
Find inspiration from a musician and sound engineer who persevered in the face of severe tinnitus and unexplained hearing loss.
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