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ASHA and HLAA Join Forces This World Hearing Day to Dispel Myths, Encourage Early Intervention and Treatment for Hearing Loss
World Hearing Day. Hearing for Life. March 3 2020. Photo featuring a mother kissing her baby.
As the global health community prepares to mark World Hearing Day on March 3, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) are encouraging all Americans to prioritize their hearing health—starting today.

“Unfortunately, a myth persists among adults in this country that hearing loss can be put on a back burner because it isn’t as serious as other health conditions,” said Theresa Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, 2020 ASHA president.  

“Nothing is further from the truth,” she continued. “Often left untreated in adults, hearing loss is associated with other medical conditions such as dementia, heart disease, and diabetes—and can have a negative impact on one’s social life, personal relationships, mental health, and quality of life.”

“A host of effective intervention and treatment options exist for people across the lifespan with all degrees of hearing loss,” according to Barbara Kelley, executive director of HLAA. “Whether hearing loss is something a person is born with or something they acquire months, years, or decades later, this World Hearing Day, we want to empower and motivate people to take the next step toward good hearing health.”

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Hear Well. Stay Vital.
Hear Well. Stay Vital. Stay Connected and Help Keep Your Brain Younger. Photo featuring grampa and child
Stay engaged, stay vital and enjoy what you love. Travel. Hiking. Jogging. Playing. Music. Untreated hearing loss increases risks of dementia, depression, falls, memory and balance issues. Get a hearing health check every year.

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Know Your Hearing Number
Art is subjective. Your hearing shouldn't be.
According to a recent survey, 80% of consumers* do not know that 20/20 is normal hearing. World Hearing Day is today and it’s a great opportunity to help spread the word that your hearing number is an important health measure to know and monitor. Visit Hearing2020.com and share with the ears you care about!

*Survey of 1,250 conducted by Penn, Schoen, Berland, March 13, 2019. Data on file.

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Social Isolation and Loneliness is the Focus of the March/April 2020 issue of Hearing Life
Hearing Life 2020 March/April issue
The March/April issue of Hearing Life comes out just as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issues its report, Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System.

Excerpt: Social isolation and loneliness may also directly stem from chronic illness, hearing or vision loss, or mobility issues. In these cases, health care providers might be able to help prevent or reduce social isolation and loneliness by directly addressing the underlying health-related causes. This issue of Hearing Life delves into the implications of loneliness.

Be sure to see pages 12–17 of this issue.

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Ida Institute Collaboration with Healthy Hearing & Hearing Directory
Young woman getting her hearing checked
A new collaboration between the Ida Institute, Healthy Hearing, and Hearing Directory will allow people with hearing loss across the U.S. and Canada to identify hearing care professionals and clinics that have earned the Inspired by Ida label, a benchmark of quality that signals dedication to person-centered care.

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Walk4Hearing Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Walk4Hearing walkers walking around the National Harbor
2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the Walk4Hearing and we've got some Walk trivia to help you impress your friends on Walk Day! Do you know which cities were "The Original Six"? Keep an eye on your inbox for the next Hearing Life e-News or follow us on social media via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to find out the answer. Help us celebrate 15 years of improving the lives of people with hearing loss—don't delay, register today!

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Get Acquainted Party—A Night Out on the Town
The New Orleans Board of Trade
Friday, June 19, 5:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Board of Trade
Sponsored by CaptionCall

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll)
Just like the gumbo that has simmered for 300 years, New Orleans is steeped in history and ethnic vitality. This year’s Get Acquainted Party will feature the rhythm, style and attitude that’s traditional New Orleans. Expect to be pleasantly spellbound by those sights, sounds and aroma that embody what we fondly cherish about the Big Easy.

ABOUT THE VENUE: The New Orleans Board of Trade was founded in 1880, and trading continued on the floor until mid-1960. Centered on the eastern wall of the building are three clocks, which have been in place since the building was erected, giving the times in New Orleans, New York and Rio de Janeiro, which were the major players in the Green Coffee Trading.

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Why I Go to Hearing Loss Conferences
Gael Hannan - Why I go to Hearing Loss Conferences (and why I think you should too)
Gael Hannan went to a hearing loss conference and came home three days later, a woman transformed. She was no longer isolated; instead, she was connected to a large and vibrant community of people who faced their communication challenges head-on. The conference was her launch pad to improving her own communication strategies and becoming more connected to the world around her.

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March HLAA Webinar
Join us on March 18 at Noon (ET) when we will be discussing "Traumatic Brain Injury and Hearing Disorders" with Dr. Shahrzad Cohen.
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M-Enabling Summit 2020
2020 M-Enabling Summit
The leading conference and showcase promoting accessible technology and environments for seniors and users of all abilities, will be held June 22-24, 2020 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
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