Bring Back Music into Your Life

May is Better Hearing and Speech month and HLAA-SLC is celebrating with an event called Bring Music Back into Your Life on Saturday May 19th from 4-8 PM. This event is made possible with a combined effort from HLAA-SLC, Loop Utah and the Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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In addition to the groups listed above we couldn’t do it without participation from some of our favorite local companies who support hearing loss: CaptionCall, Vibe Music Events, Listen Tech, CapTel, Cochlear America, CostCo Hearing Aids of Sandy UT, Hale Centre Theatre, Relay Utah and the U of U Student Academy of Audiology.

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We have a lot of activities planned and much of it in the Loop! Our presentations will be in the hearing loop, we will be playing movies in the hearing loop and there’s the accessible dance floor by Vibe Music Events which is itself looped. To experience great sound, make sure your hearing aid and cochlear implants have the telecoil program turned on. What’s a telecoil? (Sometimes called t-coil.) Visit this website,then make an appointment with your audiologist to ask him/her if your hearing aids (cochlear implants have them) have a t-coil because you want to experience hearing loops. Other accommodations include CART (real time captioning) and ASL interpreters so everyone can enjoy the event.

And there’s a lot to enjoy. Make sure you try the accessible dance platform by Vibe in the gym with various genres of music. Finger foods will be available along with devices that have a t-coil so hearing people can see the difference a hearing loops makes too.

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We will also have a living room loop set up in the lounge playing Gael Hannan’s Unheard Voices and there will be musical movies playing theater style in the lecture hall which has a hearing loop. Loop products and information will be set up in the conference room along with information, find out how easy it is to install a living room loop or have on installed. Bluetooth information will be available here too because we love both technologies.

Peter McDonald, hearing instrument specialist will be giving a presentation at 5:00 on the hearing aid music program, streaming and apps that can help.  Have you heard of the speech banana? “The “Speech Banana” is a useful visual tool for describing where the sounds used in everyday human speech occur on an audiogram.” Hearing aids are programmed with the sounds of speech in mind but that doesn’t work for music. Learn how another program on your hearing devices can increase your enjoyment of music with Peter.

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At 6:00 experience Maclain Drake’s energy and enthusiasm for music and how he didn’t let hearing loss keep him from it. He takes on acting too. He will talk about the challenges with music and how he works through it all. His passion for making music accessible to all runs deep.  Maclain has had a hearing loss all his life and wears two hearing aids.

 

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Maclain as a young Han Solo.

The best part of this is getting to hang out with your hearing loss tribe. Nothing beats being with others who know what you are going through and how best to to talk to you. Meet others in the community with hearing loss and make new friends, find mentors and learn how it’s possible to live better with hearing loss. Register now here: https://jobs.utah.gov/usor/dhh/events/northern.html

 

The Music Man April 21st at the Hale Centre Theatre

HLAA-SLC and Loop Utah are joining together for a special event in April. Instead of HLAA-SLC’s regular meeting on April 21st, we will meet at the new Hale Centre Theatre (HCT) in Sandy at 11 AM in the Hospitality room for a pre-show reception. The show starts at 12:30 PM.

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HCT has looped both of their theatres entirely which is a real treat for those who wear cochlear implants or hearing aids. If you wear either one, make sure your telecoil program is turned on before going to the event. Hearing loops send up a magnet signal to the telecoil (also called a t-coil) which is in 80% of hearing aids and all cochlear implants. That means there’s no devices to pick up and return, it’s as easy as pushing a button on the hearing aid for fantastic sound quality. Listening through the t-coil is like having personalized speakers because each device is programmed specifically to the individual’s hearing loss. It takes away the distance gap hearing aids alone cannot deal with (hearing aids are only good in a 4-6 foot range when used alone). Many users say they hear better through a hearing loop than any other assistive listening system.

Tickets are $30 each, please RSVP by March 17th to hearinglossutah@gmail.com.  Tickets must be paid in advance to HLAA-SLC, also by March 17th You can stop by the Sanderson Center and drop off cash or checks to Chelle, the HLAA-SLC treasurer.  Please make checks payable to HLAA-SLC.

*Season tickets holders may book/exchange tickets for this performance bu contacting the HCT box office at 801-984-9000. 

March 17, 2018 Meeting

Hi all, we have a meeting coming up March 17th on technology.

First we’ll talk about the AVA app.  What is AVA? It’s a live captioning app on your phone. It says, “Communicate more effectively with your coworkers, in meetings, or when grabbing coffee together. Live-caption lectures, workshops, group projects and every bit of your student life.”

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I’ve used AVA a couple of times and have been impressed with it (Chelle).  Come to the meeting with AVA already on your phone, it’s free to download and 5 hours a month is free too.

We will also have a short presentation on InnoCaption.  “InnoCaption is revolutionizing how those with hearing loss communicate by making it possible to use the smartphone (Android & iPhone) as it was intended – accessible, convenient, and mobile. Through the use of our patented technology in conjunction with live stenographers, we provide the fastest, easiest, and most accurate captioning for those who may need assistance hearing the other party.”

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Put it on your calendar and join us, we’d love to see you all there!

Let’s Go to the Movies!

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The new Regal Cinemas in Taylorsville will show The Post with open captions (captions on the screen for everyone to see) for our HLAA chapter meeting on Saturday, February 17th. The show will begin at 10:15 AM. Come a half hour early to get your snacks and drinks; and learn about the caption glasses that they have available for regular showings. This is popular technology in other parts of the country, though some people feel they’re a little heavy on the nose. Try them on and see what you think.

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We must tell the theater manager on February 13 how many people we will have there, so please let us know if you are coming at hearinglossutah@gmail.com. Join us for this great opportunity.  It’s only $6 per person.

Here are some links to The Post and to Regal Cinemas (just a couple of blocks from the Sanderson Center):

Movie information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6294822/

Regal Cinemas at 5516 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville:  https://www.regmovies.com/theaters/regal-crossroad-14-rpx/C00662716661

 

the VIBE Event, Electronic Dance Music for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

An music event catering to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is happening this Friday, downtown Salt Lake City.

Vibe 3.0 is back and coming again this Friday!

This will be a fun time to come dance with all your friends to some awesome music in many ways! We promise you won’t want to miss this one.

  • Where? Sky SLC
  • When September 15, 2017
  • Time: Doors open at 9:30 Pm
  • Cost: $10 before the show date and $15 at the door.
  • Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vibemusicevent/

See you there!

Maclain Drake, Owner of Vibe (EDM shows catered for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities.

From their website: http://www.vibemusicevents.com/

What is Vibe About?

Vibe is event that is gear around making events that are catered to hearing, hard of hearing and deaf culture under one roof. We focus heavily on heightening all senses, not just one.

Realizing The Issue

There is a Stigma: Deaf and Hearing People can’t go to the same music events
 
 
Though it might not be expressed, everyone we have talked to were baffled by the idea of concerts catered to deaf culture. No one throws events for both hearing and deaf culture because we think we express music differently. Though the only difference between the two is one doesn’t have one sense of the 5, nothing else changes.

Not such a crazy idea…

At the end of the day, it is all about eliminating this confusion and bringing in a new idea that most haven’t thought to consider. It isn’t about highlighting one culture over the other. It is about enjoying each other’s company where everyone is enjoying the same music, same atmosphere and same event.