Potluck Social Sept. 16, 2017

Our next HLAA chapter meeting will be Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM to Noon. We’re having a pot luck brunch, so bring your favorite brunch food! There will also be time for visiting, sharing ideas, and even a game to help us all interact a little more.

We meet at the Sanderson Center in classroom B-C. This room has a hearing loop and we’ll have captions available as well.

We hope you’ll join us. 

HLAA-SLC Book Club March 18th

Our January book group was canceled due to snow so we are discussing Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan March 18th instead.  We meet at the Sanderson Center at 10 – 11:30 AM in classroom B/C with the hearing loop and live captioning.  Please join us.  It’s a wonderful book and the discussion is sure to be a good one.


Merry Christmas 2016!


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.





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.

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.

if you could hear

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.


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.


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.


April Meeting

Our April meeting came and went.  Kathy presented on hearing loss and health issues.  Behind her is a list of concerns we have with aging and hearing loss.20160424_335

Some of her talk was based on the research by Frank Lin.  Here’s a video we watched about Frank’s research before the talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfnOxmQThiA  The video is captioned and I recommend watching it.  We had a good talk, we had a light lunch and socialized before heading home.

Our chapter meets May 21st as the book club in classroom b/c at the Sanderson Center from 10a-11:30.  The chosen book is All the Light We Cannot by Anthony Doerr.  We have the looped room for the meeting and CART to accommodate everyone and anyone is welcome.  Please join us.

all the light we cannot see

Our next regular HLAA-SLC meeting is June 18th from 10a-12p in the conference room at the Sanderson Center.  We’ll follow the same format for the meeting; an hour of presentation and an hour of socializing.  Our topic is hearing loss and humor.  Keeping a sense of humor helps.  Come share your favorite stories and find laughter from other stories.



December Potluck Social

Our annual December social will be December 12th at 6:30 at our chapter president’s house in North Salt Lake.  If you are interested in attending, email hearinglossutah@gmail.com and we will send directions out.  If you’re coming for the first time, the main dish will provided but attendees generally bring a side dish to share.

We also have  white elephant gift exchange.  What’s a white elephant?  Do you have something laying around the house you’d like to give away?  This is your chance.  Wrap it up pretty and we will take turns choosing presents, wrapped or unwrapped depending on what you want when your turns comes up.

Here’s some scenes from last year’s social….





Your HLAA-SLC Chapter

Who is on our chapter steering committee? Karen Faddis is the president, Chelley Wyatt is the treasurer and we have Kathy Evans, Helen Droitsch, Charla and Kevin Dolan on the committee.  We meet every 3 months or so to decide on meeting topics, speakers and other chapter issues.
We have monthly meetings, one month will be a regular chapter meeting with a topic and presentation.  The next month is for social purposes which have decided to be a book club.  Both meetings have CART and the the hearing loop.  If you’d like to see another kind of social gathering, let us know.  We are open to new ideas.
 Our next regular meeting is Nov. 21, 2015 and the topic is “The Importance of Staying Social.”  With holiday celebrations ahead we know how hard it is to be social.  Let’s talk about why we shouldn’t withdraw and what we can do make these situations better.  Refreshments and coffee will be available.
Our last book club featured “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” by Peter Hoeg.  We enjoyed it thoroughly. The next book will The Giver by Lois Lowry which was made into a movie with the winter scenes being filmed in Utah at Solitude ski resort. It’s a quick read and if you haven’t tried the book club yet this is your chance.  I will set up a date for early December and announce it soon.
Also in December we will have our annual potluck social at our president’s house.  Our November theme fits right in with this except you are among your tribe so communication will be a lot easier.  We are shooting for December 12th. An announcement will be coming soon.
In 2016 we are changing our meeting times from 10am-Noon.  We wanted to make it an hour later in the mornings to give the ones who live further away a little more time to get to the meeting.  The meetings will still be at the Sanderson Center and every third Saturday of the month.  We are going to swap out the book club and regular meetings so it will be book club in January and our regular meetings in February and so on.
The national chapter leader resigned from his position so the national office is looking for someone to replace him. We look at this as a good thing and look forward to someone more active stepping into the role.
Kathy has forwarded some information from the national office, thank you Kathy for helping out. The latest one generated some discussion which is good. Here’s the website related to the discussion: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2015/pcast-issues-eye-opening-report-hia-strongly-opposes/  It’s report on Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies.

Sept. 19th Meeting with Detective Aaron Rosen


The HLAA Salt Lake City chapter is having their meeting September 19th at 9 in the morning to 11:00. It will be in classroom B/C at the Sanderson Center with the hearing loop and CART available.
The topic this month: How We Can Improve our Relationship with Law Enforcement as Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Aaron Rosen will be speaking and taking questions from our audience. He currently works for the Bluffdale City Police Precinct. He is in his 16th year of Law Enforcement. He serves as a Training Coordinator, and School Resource Officer; in addition to his normal patrol and investigative duties. He is the agency’s Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator and SWAT Team Negotiator. He has worked with the Utah Deaf community since he began his career, and has even worked as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the World Deaflympic Games in SLC (2007). He is developing an ASL curriculum for police training, and is preparing to travel to teach this program, in order to raise awareness regarding police/deaf interaction. He lives in South Jordan, with his son, Jordan. His girlfriend, Julie McCleave is also a staff member of the RGSCSDHH.

This is Detective Aaron Rosen.

This is Detective Aaron Rosen.

Detective Rosen will be our first presenter starting at 9:00.  When he is done, Kevin and Charla will share what they learned at the national HLAA convention in Missouri.  Here are some photos they shared with us.

HLAA get aquainted

The Get Acquainted Party

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

HLAA's Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

HLAA’s Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

Don’t miss our great meeting!

HLAA Book Club, Up Next: Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Last Saturday a group of us met to discuss our last book Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven is a preserve for magical creatures.  Two young children stay with their grandparents, who are the preserve’s caretakers, for the first time.  The oldest, Kendra is a rule follower and her brother Seth is a natural rule breaker.  The kids get in plenty of mischief and then end up saving the preserve.  This is book one in a series.

While it may not have been a favorite among us, the discussion was great between the book club members.  Sharing our thoughts on the book helps us see the book in a different light.  Anyone is welcome to join us, we have CART (real-time captions) and the hearing loop.  Our meetings are at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in classroom B/C.

Our next book is Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg and Tiina Nunnely. This is Amazon’s blurb: Smilla’s Sense of Snow presents one of the toughest heroines in modern fiction. Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Eskimo but she lives in Copenhagen and keeps to herself. When her six-year old neighbor is killed, Smilla doesn’t believe it was an accident and begins her own investigation of a case that even the police don’t want to get involved in.  The book was turned into a movie in 1997 with Julia Ormond.smila

Read the book and join us October 17th from 9-10:30 at the Sanderson Center for a discussion on this book.