New England Newsletter

November 2021 Newsletter

The next meeting of HLAA/Plymouth will be held on Wednesday, November 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library. The topic will be The Stigma of Hearing Loss. Sarah Cohen, audiologist, will be presenting. You do not need to RSVP – just come. Anyone who wishes to attend virtually should send an email to This meeting will have ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captioning:  HLAA Plymouth November 2021

The Plymouth Public Library has assisted listening devices with headphones or loops. They’re available free of charge in the first-floor conference room. Please ask for a device when you attend any library meeting. The ADA law requires them.

Two years ago, our November 2019 HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting had 35 participants. The topic was Over the Counter Hearing Aids, presented by Kevin Franck, Ph.D., audiologist. The turnout for this meeting was the best ever!

I started the Plymouth Chapter in the fall of 2015. At one time, we had a full board of a president, VP, secretary, treasurer, website editor, and Facebook editor. We currently have a website editor -Linda Maloney- and Facebook editor -Frank Tripi- who are still active. Our chapter needs more active participants to continue. To discuss this, a separate virtual meeting has been set up on Tuesday evening, November 30 at 7 pm with ASR captions. All are welcome to join in. Please contact for the Zoom link. I know that people have other commitments, such as family, travel, work, volunteering, etc. However, HLAA at the chapter level requires new leadership to keep it growing and thriving. It’s up to you if you’d like our meetings to continue.

Sandy Spekman, President, HLAA Plymouth Chapter, 2015-2021

Focus on a New HLAA Member – Barbara Lynch


My name is Barbara Lynch, I am 73 years old and hear through two Cochlear Implants. I have been told my hearing loss started early in life and progressively worsened. Severe earaches as a child possibly causing this. Little did I know I was compensating most of my life. I had a very good career. I have many friends and a loving husband. I wore my first hearing aids at the age of 45, and after many types and sizes I became a candidate for cochlear implants in 2004. My deafness had become profound. I was scared and nervous to have the operation. I met my surgeon from ME&E in Boston, Ma, 

Dr Daniel Lee. His professionalism and competence gave me total trust. The Implant changed my life. I never knew I couldn’t hear what I couldn’t hear because I couldn’t hear! I had my second implant done in Tampa, Fl, another incredible doctor, 

Dr Christopher Danner, at Tampa Hearing and Balance Center. I am blessed and feel grateful every day to be able to hear. I recommend anyone who is a candidate for implants, to get the operation. Your life will be fuller, just to hear the birds sing, as my life is. 

— Barbara Lynch 11/8/2021

Editors Note:  Barbara is a new member of HLAA. She plans to attend the HLAA 2022 Convention in Tampa, Florida from June 23-25. Conventions are exciting times to learn more about hearing loss, meet others, plus have a wonderful time with those who share common goals. For more information:

Other News/Information to Share:

  1. Shari Eberts, in her blog:  Living with Hearing Loss wrote on the Stigma of Hearing Loss:  I Inherited My Hearing Loss Stigma from My Father
  • The HLAA Boston Chapter is having their virtual meeting on Saturday, November 20th from 4-6 pm. Geoff Plant from Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation will be presenting. HLAA Boston Chapter’s Zoom link. Password:  boston. For more information, go to:
  • Anna Margarita, a Community Outreach Specialist at Assisted Living Research Institute ( asked to have some information published in our newsletter. Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled, and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. This organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. It has been featured on the Parkinson’s Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web:  Here’s an example of an article:
  • What are Over the Counter Hearing Amplification Devices? HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter’s meeting on 11/13/2021, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm CT (UTC-06:00). Audiologist and local HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter member, Kristen Kramer will discuss new trends and new products that can be bought over the counter for people with hearing loss. Q & A will follow. Register to receive the Zoom link:
  • HLAA Westchester Chapter’s Meeting is on Cochlear Implants, on 11/11/2021 from 7:30 to 9:00pm (UTC-05:00) An RSVP is requested

Click here to RSVP HLAA Westchester (NY) invites you to join us as we bring together experts from two leading Cochlear Implant manufacturers: Advanced Bionics and MedEl. Learn about the latest in implant technology, products, and accessories. Find out:  Who can benefit from an implant?
Are you eligible for an implant? Can I wear an implant and a hearing aid?
(for current implant users) What’s new and coming soon?

I hope that you can join our meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7 pm. I also hope that you’ll become more active, especially if you’d like to see our chapter meetings continue. On November 30 at 7 pm we’ll discuss this in greater detail. Please contact to show you care.

Sandy Spekman, President