We have Susan from Access Simplified’s Medical Access App coming to our meeting to talk for about 30 minutes. She’s looking for feedback on the app they are creating which enables people with various forms of hearing loss to immediately communicate with medical staff at hospitals. The app uses pre-recorded videos with choice of text or ASL and captions along with audio to convey standard phrases and questions you would encounter in a medical setting. The app is interactive which allows the patient, visitor or staff to respond by pressing buttons. Check it out and your feedback is greatly appreciated.
When Susan is done, the games will begin, join us!
Our next meeting is October 20, 2018 from 10 AM to Noon. Join us for games and find ways to make games easier on your hearing loss. Learn a little sign language too!
Our next meeting is officially announced! Please join us for us August meeting in a social setting. Follow the RSVP directions below to meet up with us.
There were several workshops offered, so many to chose from which is probably why it was a good thing 4 of us from Utah attended. There were workshops on social stigma of hearing loss, making the most of smartphone apps for hearing loss and attending workshops of looping venues.
June is our annual social and we chose the Red Robin restaurant at the Valley Fair Mall. Oh no, a restaurant? That’s the plan. Watch and learn from the more experienced members with hearing loss how to handle restaurant situations to reduce the typical anxiety that comes with experience. Please let us know you will be joining us, RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting at noon on June 16th and we plan to be together for about an hour and a half. The address is listed below.
Also, bring your smartphone and have the AVA app ready to go. If you missed our AVA meeting, here’s your chance to learn more about it. We will be running our phones with AVA throughout the meeting giving everyone a chance to gain experience with the app so it can be used in other areas of life; doctor appointments, large family gatherings and meetings.
Our leadership changes in June; Bill Ordonez will be our president replacing Kathy Evans and Karen Faddis will be the treasurer replacing Chelle Wyatt. There will be no meeting in July so make sure you don’t miss this one. Come hang out with us and soak up some tribe time.
Red Robin at the Valley Fair Mall
3601 South 2700 West #B152
West Valley City, UT 84119
Let them know you want the Vault, we reserved a private room for our meeting.
Here’s some pictures of socials past….
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.”
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.”
Put it on your calendar and join us, we’d love to see you all there!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
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!