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NOVEMBER 19, 2020 hearingloss.org
HLAA Launched its Giving Challenge to Raise $500,000 by Year’s End
HLAA Giving Challenge

The HLAA Giving Challenge is an urgent appeal to help us continue to support people with hearing loss and ensure a strong future for our organization. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, HLAA— the staff and volunteers—have done everything they could to deliver reliable information, needed resources and community connection. We weathered the initial storm, but now we need your help.

The funds we raise will help sustain current programs, and fund technologies, tools and training to allow our national office and HLAA Chapters to reach additional people with hearing loss who desperately need help and support. The Challenge calls on all of us to do what we can to help our organization continue to thrive. Every dollar matters. No gift is too small. Learn more about the Challenge and consider your donation.

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We Did It, Together!
Walk4Hearing celebrations

When Walk4Hearing went virtual earlier this year we had no idea how this all would turn out. With the help and support of so many, Walk4Hearing made virtual stops in 20 cities, closing out this past weekend in Houston and Arizona.

It was not the same as being together in person, but it has truly been an incredible experience—sharing uplifting stories and staying focused on hearing health and helping people live well with their hearing loss. Thank you so much to everyone who pitched in and participated. Your hard work and determination are making a difference.

The fall Walks are still accepting donations through December 14. You can support a fall walker or team here. Walkers who raise $350 will receive a 15th anniversary Walk4Hearing beach towel.
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Spanish webinar playback

Our first Spanish Webinar is available for playback along with our other recordings as well. 

Global Alliance webinar

Date:  Friday, November 20 
Time: 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

Should you create and add captions to your recorded material, or should you use a professional? How can you add captions to an event where no caption pod exists within the event page and the use of an encoder is not feasible?

Professional captioners Jill Rausch, Tanya English and Steve Clark will present this 90-minute webinar. Jill will provide you with an introduction to post production captioning and the process of adding captions to an event, and how to time those captions to match the recording. Tanya English will discuss her software, CaptionTools, and demonstrate how you can quickly and easily create post-production captions. Steve Clark will demo the setup captions to platforms like Facebook Live and Vimeo.

For more details and to register »
International Standards of Care for Cochlear Implants
Sounds and the cochlear

Cochlear implants (CIs) are an effective medical treatment for many adults living with severe, profound, or moderate sloping to profound sensorineural hearing loss. HLAA supports the adoption of international standards of care for the use of cochlear implants as outlined in the International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation.

Why It’s Important to Wear Hearing Aids All Day—Even at Home
Woman wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid

From Healthy Hearing Report—To keep your brain sharp, it’s important to wear hearing aids through your waking hours—even when you’re at home for days during a pandemic. Here's why.

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Five Reasons Why Your Hearing Aids are Whistling and What to Do About It
Older man struggling with noisy hearing aids

From Hearing Industries Association—Hearing aids whistle sometimes, just like your phone sometimes does when it’s too close to the radio. If you wear hearing aids, you’re going to experience whistling at some point. It can happen through something as simple as putting on a scarf. The whistling is called hearing aid feedback. Here’s what causes it and what you can do about it.

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Effects of Hearing Aid Use on Cognition in Older Adults
Effects of hearing aids use

From The Hearing Journal—Hearing loss is the third most common chronic disease affecting older adults and is associated with poorer physical health, depression, loneliness, and isolation. Given the risk of hearing loss for cognitive decline and the acknowledgment that this could be a modifiable risk factor for dementia, researchers have sought to determine whether remediation of hearing loss with hearing aids could influence cognition.

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The Reality of Listening Fatigue in a World of Masks
Hearing loss and hearing fatigue

From hearinglikeme.com—The concept of listening fatigue has been around for quite some time; but could it be even more prevalent in a world of face masks? The short answer is—absolutely—for both those with hearing loss and those without.

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For more information on hearing and masks, visit the HLAA resources page here.

Watch our webinar, Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies, here.

More than 10% of COVID-19 Patients Report Decreased Hearing Two Months After Hospital Discharge
COVID and hearing loss

From Hearing Health & Technology Matters—A significant number of patients reported a deterioration in their hearing when questioned eight weeks after discharge from a hospital admission for COVID-19, according to University of Manchester audiologists, in a study supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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Check out HLAA’s Hearing Loss and COVID-19 resources here.

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