New England Newsletter

November 2020

HLAA Plymouth Chapter

Our HLAA Plymouth Chapter meetings are captioned and held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, bi-monthly.  We meet in September, November, January, March, and May.  Our virtual meetings will continue until the Plymouth Public Library opens their conference room for the community.  In the meantime, we are doing the best we can meeting virtually.  Please join us at one of our meetings.  For those who would like a Google Meet link reminder, please email Sandy Spekman at to add your name to the list.  A reminder link will be sent to you only if your email is on the Google Meet list.

Our presenter for November 18 is Betty Hauck.  She was supposed to present to us at the Plymouth Public Library on March 18, 2020, just before everything closed due to COVID.  We are happy that Betty will finally be presenting to us, but virtually, eight months later. For more information about Betty, click here.

The following HLAA Plymouth Chapter meetings are planned for 2021:

Date Topic Presenter
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 DEAF, Inc. Services for Hearing Loss CommunityCatarina Lima of Deaf, Inc.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021Wellness and Self-Care for People with Hearing LossMelissa Anderson, Therapist, UMass
Wednesday, May 19, 2021Latest Technology for Hearing Aids/Cochlear ImplantsAndrea Kaneb, N-Chatt Trainer

HLAA Plymouth Chapter – Walk4Hearing

Our chapter is happy to report that we raised $2,125 for the Walk4Hearing!  Our team, the Plymouth Pilgrims, participated in a virtual walk on October 25, 2020.  Our chapter treasurer, Petie Blanchard, arranged to bring in a large donation from her family foundation!!

Thank you all who supported the Walk4Hearing!

National HLAA Meetings

Many HLAA chapters throughout the country are now opening their virtual meetings to everyone who is a member of HLAA.  There are many topics and many virtual meetings, too many to mention here.  If you would like to join in on these meetings, please email Sandy at so you’ll be forwarded a link.  Here is an example of an HLAA captioned meeting:

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 16
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
TOPIC: What’s new in Cochlear Implants & Hearing Aids
SPEAKERS: Drs. Katrina Stidham and Mindy Schmelzer, Westchester Medical Center Cochlear Implant & Balance Center
Zoom Meeting ID: 83535401957    Zoom Passcode: 466830

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