New England Newsletter

August 2021 Newsletter

Contents

  • September Meeting of HLAA/Plymouth
  • November Meeting of HLAA/Plymouth
  • Information for New HLAA/Plymouth Members
  • New England Walk4Hearing
  • Action Alert – Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids
  • Miscellaneous Information
    • Movie Recommendation
    • New England Accessible Theatres
    • Blog by Exec Dir of HLAA
    • Blog by Hearing Health Matters
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre

September Meeting of HLAA/Plymouth

We haven’t had an HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting since January, 2020 due to the pandemic and the library being closed.  We need to meet in person to keep our chapter going strong.  We are grateful for the Plymouth Public Library to allow us to use their meeting room. The PPL requires everyone to wear a mask at all times, whether vaccinated or not. We need to support the hearing loss community by attending. 

The September meeting of  HLAA/Plymouth  will be held at the Manomet Branch of the Plymouth Public Library, 12 Strand Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  From 7:00 to 8:00, there will be a captioned movie:  We Hear You, Now Hear Us.  From 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm there will be a discussion about the movie.

The Manomet library’s meeting room has limited seating.  We are asking that everyone RSVP to Sandy to ensure that we have the correct number of chairs set up.  Everyone is welcome to bring guests.  After all, hearing loss not only affects you but family and friends.

For those unable to attend, you can register for the movie to watch at your home at this link, which includes information about the speakers and moderator:  Register

For those who’d like to virtually participate in a discussion after the movie, 8:00 to 8:30 pm, a Zoom link can be found here:

Topic: We Hear You, Now Hear Us Discussion
Time: Sep 23, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 811 1515 9957
Passcode: DyGh6m

One might ask, “Why should I attend the meeting in person versus watching the movie at home?”  Here are 3 good reasons:

1)  The majority of names on our HLAA Plymouth Chapter’s email list are not HLAA National members.  HLAA National members support HLAA, receive Hearing Loss Magazine, and keep up with the latest technology.  Non-members will not receive emails about the movie We Hear You |Now Hear Us because they’re not on HLAA National’s mailing list.  To join HLAA National, go to:  hearingloss.org and click on BECOME A MEMBER.

2)  Often people receive emails with links to watch movies but put them on a “to do” list or on hold.  When you attend a movie in person, you devote your full attention to it, without any home distractions.  The movie, We Hear You | Now Hear Us is captioned and if you’re interested in learning more about hearing loss, it will be worth your time.

3)  Attending the movie and discussion is a good way to meet others with hearing loss.  You are not alone.  You will also learn more about the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the wonderful things it does by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.  You’ll learn about some amazing people who happen to have hearing loss.  I personally know three of them in the film.

November Meeting of HLAA/Plymouth

The November 17 meeting will be back at the main Plymouth Public Library at 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA.

For our November 17 meeting, we plan to meet in the Fehlow Conference Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Sarah Cohen, audiologist, will present on the stigma of hearing loss. Sarah works at the Plymouth ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat).  She participated in a Walk4Hearing while an audiology student at Northeastern and knows all about looping.  Let’s welcome Sarah to HLAA Plymouth Chapter!

We’re going to try conducting hybrid meetings – in person and on Zoom.  This way, those who prefer to not drive at night can still attend virtually. 

Information for New HLAA/Plymouth

For those new to our chapter, we have been meeting since 2015.  Before the pandemic, we were meeting five times a year, usually the third Wednesday of the odd months from September to May, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library.  We do not meet during the summer.  The Plymouth Public Library has been wonderful to us with support of our meetings, providing ALDs (assistive listening devices), printing and posting our meeting fliers, and allowing us to use their meeting rooms.  The third Wednesday of September conflicts with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur so we need to meet another night in September.  Also, the Fellow Conference Room at the Plymouth Public Library is not available in September.

Our chapter meets in the evenings so we can hopefully bring in younger people to join us.  If younger people are working during the day, they can’t attend our day-time meetings. Also, professionals who usually attract our largest crowds, are also working.  If we try to meet on the weekends, the library conference room is very busy due to the library’s own programming.  Also, some people spend weekends with their families.  It is our hope that eventually, younger members will become our new active HLAA leaders.  There are many people under 60 who have hearing loss.  We need to recruit them to join our chapter.  You can help with this!  If you know of anyone who has a hearing loss, please invite them to join our meetings. 

New England Walk4Hearing

The New England Walk4Hearing will be held on Sunday, October 3 at Artesani Park, 1234 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, MA overlooking the Charles River.  It starts with registration at 9:30 am and the walk starts at 10:30 am.  You do not have to walk to participate.  The Walk is 5K/3.1 miles.  Our chapter needs someone from our chapter to participate in this Walk.  If you can participate and/or fundraise for it, please contact Sandy.  The Walk is a fun way to meet others with hearing loss and fundraise for a good cause.

Action Alert: Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids

HLAA National has been meeting with members of Congress, encouraging them to vote YES to expand Medicare to include hearing aids and services. New legislation is coming up soon that we hope will include a provision for hearing health care under Medicare. That would mean for the first time, people who rely on Medicare to pay their medical bills would also be able to turn to Medicare to cover the cost of hearing aids and related services.

Tell your Representatives and Senators that hearing health is important to you. Click HERE for help finding your congressional representatives as well as a sample email requesting their support. CONGRESS NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Miscellaneous Information

  • Movie Recommendation: Frank Tripi, an HLAA Plymouth Chapter member who also keeps up our Facebook page, provide information about a movie called:  CODA, currently showing on Apple TV.  What’s it about:  As a CODA (children of deaf adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her home.  When she discovers a passion for singing, Ruby must choose between family obligations and her dreams.  This movie won a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • New England Accessible Theaters Hearatboston.org provides a list of  accessible theaters. For example,  The Wheelock Family Theatre offers open captioning for every performance.

  • Blog by Exec. Dir. Of HLAA:  Barbara Kelly, Executive Director of HLAA, wrote a blog called:   Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids 

Blog by Hearing Health Matters: Hearing News Watch features current topics related to hearing health. Here are some examples recent articles:
— Bose Launches Direct to Consumer Hearing Aids Nationwide
— A Combination of Sound and Silence May Help Slow the Progression Hearing Loss
— Self Care and Hearing Loss: The Amazing Connection
— Scientists Explore Human-Body Communications with Binaural Hearing Aids

Priscilla Beach Theatre

The Priscilla Beach Theatre provides closed captioning for each of their performances at their Sunday 2:00 pm matinee.  You need to ask for an ipad to read the captions.  The captions will not disturb anyone else for you’re the only one to see it.  You can also ask for a headset.  If you need a headset with a loop, for those with t-coils in their hearing aids and/r cochlear implants, they have those as well.

Our chapter will be holding a raffle to win two free tickets for the October 3 2:00 pm closed captioned performance of The Addams Family, A Musical Comedy.  To enter this raffle, you must attend our HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting on September 23.  Please email Sandy so we know how many are interested in attending this PBT closed captioned performance. 

We are thankful to the Priscilla Beach Theatre for providing closed captioning and need to support it.  If you need captioning and/or assistive listening devices to better comprehend their shows, please ask the PBT (Sandy Malone) for her help.  If you attend another venue and they don’t provide captioning, please ask for captioning as well.  If no one asks for captioning, the theatres think that everything is fine and they are meeting the needs of people with hearing loss with the assistive listening devices (ALDs).  I happen to need both ALDs and captioning, especially to understand song lyrics at musicals.  There are many of us who need captioning as well. I asked the PBT to provide closed captioning and they did it!   We need to thank Sandy and Bob Malone in person after the performance.  If you don’t know who they are, just ask someone afterwards.  They go out of their way to help those who need hearing assistance. They take advantage of the Globetitles technology to caption their shows.  Please thank them for this. Only the Sunday matinee performances have captioning at this time.  It would be nice if all performances had it.