HLAA-SLC is Your Chapter, Meeting August 19th

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The HLAA-SLC chapter will be having its next meeting August 19th from 10 AM to Noon at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The meeting will be held in classroom B/C which has a hearing loop and live captioning will be available. Not only that, we have awesome people in the chapter who are also extra accommodating in personal communication. We want you to join us with your ideas in regards to the future of our HLAA chapter.

  • What is it you’d like to see more of at our meetings?
  • What topics are we missing that you would like to see?
  • This is the time to add input on times and days. How often would you like our meetings and in what format? (Socials, education, workshops, events at other places.)

It’s a community effort keeping the chapter flowing. Please mark your calendars and hang out with us for a few hours.

Food and drinks will be provided, please RSVP at HearingLossUtah@gmail.com.

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Communication Challenges: Embracing Your Family’s Normal

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Please join us for a unique meeting from your HLAA chapter on Saturday, May 20 10 AM to noon at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5709 South 1500 West, Taylorsville.

After a short session all together, we’ll have the hearing family members meet together to discuss what communication challenges are like for them, and how they can handle them to have better results. 

At the same time, the hard of hearing people will meet together, with listening assistance and captioning, to explore their communication and relationship challenges caused by their hearing loss. Both groups will look for creative, positive ways to improve their time together.

Following the discussion sessions, we’ll all meet back together and enjoy a wonderful lunch, provided by the chapter and prepared by Charla and Kevin Dolan.

Please come and please invite hearing people that are important in your life (spouse, parents, siblings, mature children, co-worker, employer, friend). May is Better Speech and Hearing month – what better way to celebrate than to find ways to make your speaking and hearing times . . . well . . . better!

Technology Meeting Saturday the 15th

 

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Technology makes our lives easier – especially when we have a hearing loss. We read ads for new products, new features in hearing aids and cochlear implants, apps for your smart phone, etc. Do you ever wonder what we, the consumers, think about these new things? For that matter, what do we think about the stand-by technology that we’ve had for years? Come and see.

This Saturday is our regular HLAA chapter meeting at 10 AM at the Sanderson Center. Hope you’ll be there. We’ll have refreshments, too!

Merry Christmas 2016!

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The HLAA Salt Lake City chapter had its winter social last weekend.  It was another wonderful potluck social and our now traditional white elephant gift exchange.

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There’s nothing like socializing with others who are hard of hearing also.  We enjoyed each others company immensely.

HLAA-SLC has two potluck socials a year; one in July and another in December.  Our 2017 meeting schedule is posted to the left.  There are some topics yet to be announced (TBA) and we’ll update as soon as we can.  All our meetings are captioned and most of our meetings in 2017 will be in the looped room at the Sanderson Center to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We have two very special events in 2017.  Mark calendars!

The Better Speech and Hearing Expo on May 20th from 9 Am – 5 PM at the Sanderson Center.  Loop Utah and HLAA-SLC are coming to together to create a day of learning and fun.  Stay tuned for more information.

The national HLAA convention will be here in Salt Lake City June 22-25.  All workshops are captioned  and have hearing loops.  The exhibit hall has many wonders and that part of the convention is free to all.

Assisting Individuals With Hearing Loss Who Experience Auditory/Listening Fatigue

Whether an individual has had hearing loss their entire life, or their hearing loss has been slowly progressing for years, focusing auditory attention to the task of understanding speech can be an exhausting experience. Add a difficult listening situation such as noise, and the experience is made worse.  Despite the marvelous benefits received from hearing aids and cochlear implants, listening continues to be “work” for most individuals. Aural rehabilitation therapy consists of therapy that assists individuals in developing their listening skills, but, also, provides counseling tools and compensatory strategies to aid in reducing auditory or listening fatigue and maximize the listening experience.  This session will discuss these tools and strategies for reducing listening fatigue, as well as, problem-solving examples of difficult listening situations. 

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Susan Naidu, guest speaker, is presenting on: Assisting Individuals With Hearing Loss Who Experience Auditory/Listening Fatigue.  Susan has been a practicing audiologist for over 30 years.  At the U of U, Susan teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in pediatric audiology and aural rehabilitation therapy for children and adults.  Additionally, Susan is a clinical supervisor at the U of U Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and supervises graduate audiology students in aural rehabilitation therapy for children and adults with hearing loss, as well as, the assessment of auditory processing disorders in children and adults and hearing evaluations with children.

When?  August 20, 2016

Where? Sanderson Center to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5709 South 1500 West, Taylorsville, UT  84123 in the Conference Room.

For more information email: hearinglossutah@gmail.com

June Meeting a Success!

Thanks to those who showed up at our meeting on the 18th. Hearing loss and humor was a good draw!  There were a lot of good shares in the meeting, perspectives on humor and fellowship.  Usually we stop presenting around an hour but this time we stayed on topic for the whole two hours of the meeting.

Laine Waggoner said, “Humor is essential when living with hearing loss and the inevitable communication breakdowns we experience.  My own sense of humor has served as an invaluable antidote to the endless stress, frustrations and anxiety that I encounter every day.”

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Laine’s work made into a book available at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We discovered humor can be tricky.  Sometimes we can laugh at the moment and sometimes it takes us time, as in years, to add the humor to the story.  Then there is humor which is inappropriate such as someone saying “Huh?  What?” repeatedly to us thinking they are being funny.

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Kathy Buckley is a comedienne who created the autobiographical comedy Now Hear This! about her life which is centered around her hearing loss.  She has fun with her hearing loss but she also inspires people to push limits.  She’s one we decided who probably didn’t enjoy the things she now talks about when they happened but could apply the humor later.

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While Gael Hannan often applies humor in her blog posts.  On her website she says: “Hearing loss isn’t funny – but a sense of humour makes living with it easier.  OK, there are few laughs in being left out of conversations, not understanding what your child (or your partner, or your boss, or your mom, or your doctor) is saying.   In truth, other people find our hearing loss funnier than we do—especially when we say the wrong thing at the wrong time. But take it slow. If you can’t laugh, how about starting with a smile? Then, start learning how to live better with communication challenges.  I have grown up with a hearing loss that is now severe to profound, and I’ve been talking and writing about hearing loss for many years.”  She has recently published a book called The Way I Hear It.

We had accommodations at the meeting.  Julia captioned our meeting and several of us needed those captions.  Thank you Julia, we appreciate what you do.

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Here are some random pictures taken at the meeting.

 

Humor in Hearing Loss

“People who live successfully with hearing loss must develop the ability to laugh at their mistakes.  This helps to make family, friends and coworkers feel more at ease.  Using self-deprecating humor to relieve tension and laughing with others is an expression of kinship or social bonding.”  Laine Waggonerlaughter 1

Our next meeting is June 18, 2016 from 10a-Noon at the Sanderson Center in the conference room.  Our topic is Hearing Loss and Humor.  We will take a look at Kathy Buckley’s book If You Could Hear What I See.  Kathy grew up with a severe hearing loss and though her childhood must not have been easy, she looks back over it with sense of humor.  She is a stand up comedienne, actress, writer, producer, and humanitarian.  She is also a motivational speaker, traveling all over sharing inspiration.

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Laine Waggoner dedication a section in her book to humor and hearing loss.  The quote at the beginning is from her book, Imperative Information for People with Hearing Loss and their Partners written with her husband Rex Waggoner.  We will share some of her insights at the meeting as well.

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We cannot leave out Gael Hannan the Better Hearing Consumer from Hearing Health Matters Magazine.  She keeps an updated blog writing about the issues those with hearing loss face daily and she often does it with humor.

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Afterwards the discussion of these three ladies, we’ll open up the meeting to share our own funny stories.  There will be a light lunch and drinks at the meeting so come join us!  We’d love to see you.