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october 8, 2020 hearingloss.org
Maintaining Your Hearing Health
Protect your hearing

Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are preventable. During National Protect Your Hearing Month in October—and throughout the year—HLAA offers science-based resources to help you maintain your hearing health. Learn what you can do to maintain your hearing health.

Upcoming HLAA Webinar in Spanish!
HLAA First Spanish Webinar

Wednesday, October 28, 2020  4 p.m. ET

Is your hearing declining? Here’s how to detect a hearing loss and what to do about it.

Presenter: Alejandra Ullauri, Au.D., M.P.H.
Director, Chicago Hearing Care

Hearing loss is more common than what most of us think. It is the third most common health problem in the U.S. People who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and history of noise exposure are at risk of acquiring a hearing loss. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are common health problems in the Latino population, therefore we must stay informed about ways to detect a hearing loss and what we can do about it. Please join us in this informative session and learn about what types of hearing tests are available, as well as what types of hearing solutions we have.

This session will be in Spanish, and we will have a Q&A section at the end.


This webinar will be presented in Spanish only.

Please check your time zone for this webinar:
4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT.

This webinar is free and open captioned.

Fall is the Time to Walk4Hearing!
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The fall Walk season is in full swing and we’re having a great time! We’ve already made stops in Buffalo, New York City and Chicago, and we look forward to connecting with you THIS weekend! Join us to celebrate virtually in San Diego on Saturday, October 10, or in New Jersey or North Carolina on Sunday, October 11.

Those who attend virtual Walk Day will have the opportunity to meet singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey, along with others in their community as we support one another, while staying connected, active, and healthy. There will even be a chance to win prizes! Watch Mandy Harvey's performance on America's Got Talent.

Can’t make it this weekend? See our list of upcoming Walk4Hearing online celebrations—you can join from anywhere!

FCC Sets Compensation Rates for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service for People With Hearing Loss
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On September 30, the FCC took action to ensure that high-quality, functionally equivalent telephone captioning service is available through Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in the most efficient and cost-effective manner to individuals with disabilities. IP CTS is a form of telecommunications relay services (TRS) that allows individuals with hearing loss to both read captions and use their residual hearing to understand a telephone conversation.

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Doctor, Ask Me How I’m Hearing
Hearing ear listening

From Hearing Health and Technology Matters—In our health care system, who is responsible for flagging hearing problems that could negatively impact a senior’s health and safety? Apparently, it’s the person with the actual hearing loss.

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New Study of Hearing Loss Among U.S. Adults Ages 20 to 69
risk hearing loss men women infographic

From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health—You may have known that the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age. But, did you know men are about twice as likely as women to have hearing loss?

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A Mother-Daughter Lesson and Communication at the Pharmacy
deaf daugher graphic

From The Pharmaceutical Journal—As well as blocking out lipreading, masks distort and muffle sound, and disguise the emotions usually visible through facial expressions. Communication is much more than just verbal, so even hearing people have felt the loss of these clues.

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HLAA Webinars
Cochlear Implants Standards of Care: An International Consensus

The world’s first International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation was published on August 27, 2020 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. This new study focuses on treatment for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) which recommends minimum standards for diagnosis, referral, treatment and aftercare.

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Upcoming  HLAA
Webinar in Spanish!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4 p.m. ET

Is your hearing declining?

How to detect a hearing loss and what to do about it.

Presenter: Alejandra Ullauri, Au.D., M.P.H., Director, Chicago Hearing Care

This session will be in Spanish, and we will have a Q&A section at the end.


This webinar will be presented in Spanish only.

HLAA Virtual Meetings
A Conversation with
Barbara Kelley Replay

Watch a replay of an inspiring and enlightening conversation with HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley about adapting during the coronavirus pandemic, communication opportunities, continued advocacy for our rights, the value of chapters and state associations, and moving forward.

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Virtual Meeting

Saturday, October 10, 2020
4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT,
2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT

Voting Matters!

Why should I vote? Am I registered? What are my local issues? How do I safely vote this year? How do I handle my hearing loss at the polling place? This will be a nonpartisan meeting.


Coming Up
Chapter Development Workshop

Monday, October 26, 2020
2 p.m. ET

Tips & Steps Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals for Your Chapter

Speaker: Deborah Schaaf, HLAA Ohio State Chapter Coordinator

This workshop is for chapter leaders seeking new ideas and tips for chapter growth and success. Tips & Steps Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals will give you the opportunity to clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and increase your chances of achieving what you want for the chapter to succeed!


Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
8 p.m. ET

The Psychology of Hearing Loss

Speaker: Don Doherty, President of VAAVC

This presentation explores the biological, psychological, social and idiosyncratic aspects associated with hearing loss. Hearing loss challenges faced by all ages are addressed along with the skills and assistive technology needed to successfully thrive with a hearing loss. The session ends with a review of physical, social and psychological consequences of untreated hearing loss.


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