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September 11, 2020 hearingloss.org
Singer Mandy Harvey to Join Walk4Hearing this Fall
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HLAA is excited to welcome singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey to walk with us at our virtual Walk4Hearing events this fall.

Mandy, who appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and impressed the crowd with her incredible voice on the show’s 12th season in 2017-18, has profound hearing loss which occurred following an illness when she was 18. After majoring in vocal music education at Colorado State University where she lost her residual hearing, she began traveling the country performing and raising awareness about the stereotypes associated with hearing loss.

Those who attend the virtual HLAA Walk4Hearing events can meet Mandy along with others in their community as we support one another, while staying connected, active, and healthy. Select a Walk location and register today. Recruit teammates from across the country to support you. Then after the celebration, continue to raise awareness by walking in your own neighborhood! Our first Walk kicks off in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, September 26, so don’t delay!

Join us Tomorrow, Saturday, September 12 for "A Conversation with Barbara Kelley"
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The HLAA California State Association is inviting everyone to this Saturday’s HLAA Virtual Meeting featuring Executive Director Barbara Kelley.

"A Conversation with Barbara Kelley", tomorrow, Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT and 1 p.m. PT, will focus on how HLAA and people with hearing loss have stayed connected and adapted during COVID-19.

Barbara will also talk about advocacy and the value of chapters and state associations, as well as a look to the future. There will also be time for questions and answers. Don’t miss out!

Register here »

Update on Clear Mask Guidelines During COVID-19
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A very important topic that HLAA wants to keep the community of people with hearing loss updated about is the issue of wearing clear masks during COVID-19.

With safety in mind first, HLAA follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, reminding everyone to wear masks in public places and around people who do not live in your household. Importantly, the CDC recognizes the need for and allows the use of clear window face masks.

Remember to let people know (family, friends, loved ones, places you visit – grocery store, pharmacy, etc.) if you are having trouble understanding what they are saying and encourage them to wear clear masks so you can read their lips. Read more.

HLAA has also signed onto two documents, one geared toward consumers and one for professionals both of which provide a guide to best practices in communicating to people with hearing loss.

In addition, take a look at this video from the University of Illinois and CDC guidance on face masks.

HLAA Thanks Cricut and the Cricut Crafting Community
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A special thanks to Cricut and the Cricut crafting community for the wonderful support and donations we received as part of Cricut’s Millions of Masks initiative to get clear face masks out to those who need them. Although supplies have run out and we can no longer offer clear face masks via HLAA’s Online Store, you can find other resources for obtaining clear face masks here.

HLAA Helps Score a Victory for Cochlear Implant Users Worldwide
Global Cochlear Implant Research Study

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) took part in a recently published, first of its kind research study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the minimum standards of care and treatment for adults with cochlear implants.

HLAA was part of a global panel which included 31 ear, nose and throat surgeons and audiologists as well as seven international consumer and professional advocacy organizations calling for improved standards of adult hearing care. Throughout this process and in the final published work HLAA represented the voice of consumers and adults who use cochlear implants.

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley, U.S. co-chair of the Consumer and Professional Advisory Committee (CAPAC), said, “The publication is a major step forward in clarifying when cochlear implants are a treatment option for adults. I’m pleased that HLAA could be part of this process and add the consumer voice.”

HLAA Florida State Association Empowers Chapters to Hold Online Meetings
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See all the great work the HLAA Florida State Association has done to help Florida HLAA Chapters get online and check out their new website. Take a look. A big shout-out to the HLAA Florida State Association! Also check out how HLAA Florida is empowering its chapters.

Read more »

Did You Know?
HLAA Resources Online for Hearing Loss Symptoms
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There are many resources on the HLAA website to help you or someone you know understand hearing loss symptoms. Did you know that people on average wait seven years to address hearing loss?

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An Audiologist’s Video Series looks at Examining the Whole Patient Including Hearing
Clifford Olson Audiologist

Clifford R. Olson, Au.D., an audiologist based in Phoenix, has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to providing information for people with hearing loss.

In this video, Dr. Olson discusses the problems surrounding general practice physicians rushing through appointments and not taking time to examine the patient beyond their symptoms, especially not checking their hearing.

Dr. Olson did an HLAA webinar earlier this year on COVID-19, hearing treatment alternatives and the future of audiology. View the webinar.

HLAA 2021 Convention
Experience HLAA! is Online!

Check out all the virtual sessions from Experience HLAA! View the sessions here.

HLAA 2021 Convention
HLAA 2021 Call for Papers

We’re now accepting papers for HLAA 2021. Read more here.

Check out the Hearing Loss and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources page.
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