Meeting Notes

September 26, 2018

A meeting of the Plymouth Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of Plymouth, serving people with hearing loss on the south shore, Cape Cod, and the Islands was held at the Plymouth Public Library on September 26th. Thanks to the Plymouth Public Library Corporation and the Plymouth Lions Club for sponsoring the meeting’s CART (Communication Access Realtime Transcription).

New information cards were distributed at the meeting.
Click here for a .pdf file of the information card.

There were approximately 25 attendees. The guest speaker was Ann-Marie Hennessy, Au, CCC-A from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, who spoke about cochlear implants. Her talk included descriptions of criteria for deciding if an implant is indicated, what the surgery is like, and what to expect during recovery. If you missed the presentation or would like to review the information, click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

Photos from the meeting are below showing chapter president, Sandy Spekman, introducing guest Ann-Marie Hennessey and Ms. Hennessy during her presentation.


New England Newsletter

September Newsletter

Hi there and hope you’re enjoying the fall!
Newsletter Contents:
  • September 26 – Meeting on Cochlear Implants
  • HLAA/Plymouth Info Cards Now Available
  • HLAA/Plymouth Website Information
  • HLAA/Plymouth and Amazon Smile
  • HLAA Membership Information
  • Upcoming Activities
  • Accessible Theatre Information

Hope to see you at the Plymouth Public Library at 7:00 pm on September 26!

For any additional information, please contact me at
– Sandy

First meeting of the 2018-2019 year:
September 26 – Meeting on Cochlear Implants

This is the first time our chapter is having a meeting exclusively on this subject matter. If you have a mild to moderate loss and do okay with hearing aids, at one point in your future, your hearing may decline – so you might want to be familiar with what’s down the road or in store for you.

There’s also a hybrid cochlear implant, which combines hearing aids and cochlear implant technology.  This is for people who have poor speech discrimination and wish to improve it.  Some people, after their surgery, continue to keep the hearing they have, yet are able to hear better with both hearing aid/cochlear implant technology.  Some people are very happy they made the decision to get the hybrid.

Our speaker, Ann-Marie Hennessey, a cochlear implant audiologist at Mass. Eye and Ear, is very knowledgeable.  See the flier for more details: September Flyer


HLAA/Plymouth Information Cards Now Available

Our chapter now has some information cards that can be put on display to promote our chapter.  We will bring these cards to our September 26 meeting at the Plymouth Public Library, and we ask you to please post them around.  These cards can be posted at senior citizen centers, churches, synagogues, meeting centers, hearing aid and audiology clinics, doctors offices, etc.  We need YOU to help spread the word about our chapter by publicizing these cards, as well as publicizing some new HLAA membership brochures.  These brochures have the newer HLAA logo on them that includes Cape Cod and the Islands.


HLAA/Plymouth Website Information

Thank you to Rob Brodin, a senior at Rising Tide High School in Plymouth, for designing and maintaining our HLAA Plymouth Chapter website: Rob is teaching Linda Maloney, our website coordinator, how to keep it up-to-date.

HLAA/Plymouth and Amazon Smile
If you order from Amazon, our chapter now has set up where AmazonSmile donates to the Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter. All you need to do is when you’re on AmazonSmile is to change your charity to Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter.


HLAA Membership Information

HLAA no longer offers the 3 and 5 year memberships, so the new membership brochures reflect this.   For HLAA membership information for those who wish to join, go to:  HLAA Membership.  The national website is


Upcoming Activities

  • September 22 – Free musical program at Hingham Public Library 3:00 – 4:45 pm:
    A Life in Music, Lost & Found, My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss
    with Betty Hauk
    For 50 years, Betty enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist—until the day she realized that she had to retire because of progressive hearing loss. For three years, she completely turned her back on music. In this “Talk & Play” presentation, she will tell the story of how various twists and turns led her back into sharing the joy of music while educating and advocating for those with hearing loss. Her talk will be punctuated by short musical selections on both violin and viola. The program is about one hour and includes Q&A at the end. Betty was recently featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss: hereandnow/2018/04/17/ classical-musicians-hearing- loss
  • October 13, November 18 – Museum of Fine Arts Accessible Guided Tours
    • October 13 – French Pastels
    • November 18 – Native American Art
  • October 20 – ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) member panel discussion, Successful Communication Strategies at the Lexington Public Library. See for details.
  • October 25 – Frank Tripi, a chapter member who lives in Duxbury, is setting up for our chapter to have an informal luncheon on Thursday, October 25 in Duxbury.  Details will be discussed at our September 26 meeting.  If you’re interested in meeting others with a hearing loss in a quiet, relaxed setting, please let Frank at Frank Tripi.
  • October 28 – Walk4Hearing  (5K/3.1 miles)
    To sign up as a walker or to donate, go to Walk4Hearing.The name of our team is the South Shore Strollers.  This is a fun day for all ages not to be missed.  You don’t have to walk – you’ll enjoy the beautiful Charles River in Boston.  We need people, whether you walk or not, to get involved with this worthwhile cause!
    Artesani Park Directions
    1234 Soldiers Field Road
    Brighton, MA
    10:30 am Registration/Check-in
    11:30 am Walk Starts
    Walk Manager: Ann Rancourt (

Accessible Theatre

  • New Repertory Theatre, Watertown
    1776 will be playing in the Mainstage Theater from November 30 – December 23.  Discounted tickets for all 1776 performances are now available to members of ALDA and HLAA
  • Trinity Repertory Theater, Providence, RI
    Pride and Prejudice
    Open Captioned: Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • American Repertory Theater
    Purchase your tickets via phone at 617-547-8300, in person at our Ticket Services Office, or by email at
    The Black Clown
    Audio Described: September 16 at 2:00 PM and September 21 at 7:30PM
    Open Captioned: September 20 at 7:30 PM and September 23 at 2:00PM
  • Boston Opera House, Boston
    For more information, go to
    Open Captioned Performances
    Saturday, 9/22 at 2:00pm
    Tuesday, 11/6 at 7:30pm
  • Huntington Theatre, Boston
    Open caption (OC) services will be provided at select performances for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss. During open captioned performances, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. Patrons are placed in select seats near the open caption board to ensure they can see both the stage and the caption board during the performance.Tickets are $20 for each patron with slight to profound hearing loss. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at 617 273 1558 or email support for open captioning provided by TDF.
    Sherlock’s Last Case
    October 11 and October 16, 2018
    Romeo and Juliet
    March 20 and March 26, 2019
    June 23 and June 25, 2019