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June 11, 2020 hearingloss.org
Experience HLAA!
Debuts Next Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, 2020
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Join us for an online experience open to the world of people with hearing loss, their families and friends, hearing care professionals, and anyone interested in hearing health care. No registration fee and all webinars are captioned. This unique two-day virtual event is open to all.

In addition to our educational and informative webinars for those with hearing loss, there will also be a 'virtual' Technology Expo, where you can find products and services just for people with hearing loss from the comfort of your own home. We thank all of our generous sponsors and partners for making this event possible.

Experience HLAA! Highlights:

Thursday, June 18, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Workplace Symposium
    Workplace Gain: Employment and Hearing Loss is a discussion on self-advocacy, marketing and navigating the workplace with hearing loss.

    In this webinar panelists will discuss workplace culture, disclosing hearing loss, accommodations, and self-advocacy. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the webinar.
Friday, June 19, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Research Symposium: The Latest on Tinnitus Research supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health and sponsored by Cochlear Americas

    This webinar on tinnitus will include talks by top scientists and clinicians who will tell us what tinnitus is, what causes it, what is available for treatment and management, and how researchers are thinking about future treatment and prevention. Commonly described as ringing in the ears, tinnitus can also sound like roaring, clicking, or buzzing. These symptoms are indications that something may be wrong in the ear and a possible sign of hearing loss.

Register today and spread the word to your friends and family. Once registered, you're automatically signed up for the whole online event and webinars. It is suggested to use a computer and Google Chrome for the best online experience.

More details and to register »
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A special thank you to all of our sponsors for this year’s Experience HLAA! online convention. Without support from our sponsors we would not be able to make this special two-day virtual event possible.
Tweet During Experience HLAA!
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If you are a Twitter user make sure to tweet at us during and before the upcoming June 18 and 19 Experience HLAA! online two-day event.

Our hashtag is: #ExperienceHLAA – be sure to tweet at us when discussing the Convention on Twitter.

And plan to join us as it’s free for all!
June 12 Webinar with Lise Hamlin
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Join us for a free captioned webinar this Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m., Eastern time.

Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy, will lead a discussion on Advocacy During the Pandemic: Tips and Resources for People with Hearing Loss.

When the pandemic hit and shutdowns across the country began, HLAA immediately pivoted from our day-to-day advocacy to working on providing information and education about how to survive the pandemic with hearing loss. In this webinar, we will talk about what HLAA is seeing and hearing across the country and will provide tips and resources to help you advocate for access during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Join Us June 13 for a Virtual Walk4Hearing from Connecticut
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Our last virtual Walk4Hearing stop this spring is from Connecticut on Saturday, June 13. We look forward to seeing you online for Walk Day! Join us for this exciting way to connect with one another online and support those with hearing loss.
A Difficult Time Requires Listening, Compassion
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These past few weeks we have seen and felt the pain that many Black Americans and all people of color feel. Many in this community are under-represented when it comes to hearing loss education and awareness. Lack of affordable and accessible hearing health care shares the same deeply-rooted discrimination in our culture. HLAA joins the nation as we introspect and address systemic failures to reach a more diverse group of people with hearing loss who need help. Together, we have to work toward making sure that everyone feels represented and has a voice. In the meantime, let's take time to reflect and listen to one another. In doing so, we can have a greater understanding and show compassion to people of all backgrounds and cultures.

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Dizziness and COVID-19
From Hearing Health & Technology Matters—The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed society as we know it. Most of us are aware of the more common respiratory symptoms and fever; however, there have also been reports of rarer symptoms including loss of smell and even stroke in young adults without risk factors for stroke. Several studies are now showing that dizziness symptoms are also associated with the COVID-19 infection.

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On Tinnitus: I Want the Silence that Other People Hear
"I want that silence that other people hear: the silence that fills the spaces between words, music and other good sounds. The silence you may not even notice, but I notice its absence." Tinnitus can be a cruel and constant companion. HLAA Member Gael Hannan shares her thoughts for Hearing Health & Technology Matters.

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Check out the Hearing Loss and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources page.
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Live Concert Fri. June 19 & News You Can Use

You are invited to the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss's (AAMHL) 2020 Virtual Concert!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual concert during the HLAA convention is moving online. Featured performers include: Charles Mokotoff, Stu Nunnery, Dawn Mollenkopf, Wendy Cheng, Kara Goldrick, Brad Ingrao and Jennifer Castellano. Composer Jay Zimmerman will emcee this special event. Details are listed below.

Date: Friday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The Zoom lobby will open at 7:30 pm ET on June 19, but the concert will begin promptly at 8:00 pm ET and will last no more than 90 minutes, including Q and A. Captioning is generously sponsored by Stenonknight CART Services.

Mix your own drinks, fix your own snacks and come enjoy some great music performed or composed by Association members. We'll automatically mute all members of the audience until Q and A time.

This event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Registration is required. Register today »

What to Do When a Loved One Needs Help for Their Hearing
Why is it so common for someone who is having a hard time hearing and waits to take action to improve their hearing? It seems that they must know they can’t follow along with the conversation at a crowded dinner table. They often ask you to repeat yourself (and you try not to yell!) And the volume on the TV? Yikes.

But, in fact, audiologist Sarah Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D., says delaying or resisting help for hearing loss is very real—and more common than you might think. In this article for the Cleveland Clinic Health Library, she helps provide talking points to refute some of the biggest reasons she encounters most often.   Read more »

It’s Surprisingly Easy for Your Headphones to Damage Your Hearing
When the world gets too distracting, it’s tempting to pop in your earbuds and tune everything out. But, blasting your music too loudly can permanently damage your hearing. Popular Science shows how to keep your ears in good shape.   Read more »

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