HLAA-SLC Book Club Social

Our Chapter is trying something new! We are going to start having socials between our regular meetings. We’d like to invite you to our first one on February 22, 2014 from 2-4pm. It will be held at the Sanderson Center in classroom B/C with CART and the hearing loop available.

We starting off with a book club led by Helen Droitsch. The book to be reviewed is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathon Safron Foer. It’s about a nine year old boy named Oskar Schell who finds a key in a vase that belonged to his father who died in the 9/11 attack. Oskar searches New York for information about the key. This 2005 novel spent several weeks on the bestseller list winning several awards and honors. It was made into a movie in 2012.

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Join us with a discussion of this book. Refreshments will be served. There’s nothing like hot chocolate on a winter day with a good book in good company. We hope to see you there.

Try to check it out now from your local library.  Yesterday I saw three copies available at the Millcreek county library.  If yours doesn’t have it, request they get it in from another.

There are used copies available on Amazon from 38 cents up (plus shipping).

It’s also available on Kindle for $7.47.

On Nook, it’s available for $9.99.

Meeting Saturday January 18th

“Hearing loops will do for hearing instruments what WIFI does for laptops.” Dr. David Meyers

hearing loop

Our next meeting is Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9am-11am. Our topic will be hearing loops and it will be held in the newly looped room in the Sanderson Center, classroom B/C. Your hearing aid is specifically programmed with for your hearing loss and switching to T-coil (the telephone switch) will deliver clear sound right to your hearing aids. If you’ve never experienced the technology, now is your chance to discover the difference.

My personal hearing loop experience is it gives me almost normal hearing again in group situations. Gone is the background noise and distance which interferes so much with in my typical hearing aid program. Normally I rely on CART (real time captioning) to get me through meetings but with the loop, CART is backup. I can look down to write and still hear the words being said. In the Sanderson Center set up, we have microphones set up on the tables which means I also hear all the comments as well. That does not happen without the loop for me.

Our meeting will cover ADA compliance which changed in 2010, talk about hearing loop standards and the difference between a loop and other assistive listening devices. Come find out why this technology is so awesome and why we need to build awareness of the loop in Utah. Find out about the little steps we each can take to get venues looped so we can get out there and start being social again.