Last night HLAA-SLC had their summer social. We had a great group of people with fairly easy to understand conversation. We talked a little louder, slowed our speech some and repeated as necessary. We started out sitting in a circle so we could easily face one another. Sometimes there were two conversations at once (we can’t help that in a group larger than 6) but we could choose which conversation to follow. Most of the time we had one conversation to follow.
Dinner was prepared as appreciation for the chapter members. Dinner was served around 3 tables put together which could have made it a little harder for people to follow conversation except we were conscious of the fact and people shifted to allow everyone to see. Anyone could have made a communication request and it would have been seen to, that’s the great part of socializing with others who also have hearing loss. Two of our members attended the HLAA convention in St. Louis and they told us about Tom Harkin (the keynote speaker) and how wonderful his presentation on getting accommodations for the Deaf and hard of hearing. They talked about several workshops they attended and also about the banquet where they got to know other HLAA people. Here a couple of pictures they shared with us:
Charla and Kevin attended the 2015 HLAA convention in St. Louis.
Tom Harkin was an impressive keynote speaker.
Our next gathering is our bi-monthly book club which is August 15th at 9am. A post about the book will follow soon.
Our next chapter meeting is September 19th. More information will follow soon.
It’s time for our annual summer social which will be July 18th at 6:00 at my house near the Canyon Rim area. Don’t let the word ‘social’ scare you because you can’t get a better group of people for socializing with hearing loss as we know how to accommodate each other. Don’t be shy bringing that ALD that helps you along, in fact bring it to show it off!
We will have dinner for you, barbecue pork sandwiches with a few sides. We’ll have water and some punch for you but you can bring your favorite drinks too.
RSVPs are needed! You can email us at email@example.com. Please let me know if you are coming and I’ll give you the instructions to get here.
Karen was crowned our chapter president at last year’s summer social.
More scenes from last year…
Our next meeting is March 21st at the Sanderson Center from 9-11am in classroom B/C. We have CART and the Hearing Loop. We have a great topic for you and a wonderful presenter so save the date and visit with us.
Picture from the Phonak website.
Our topic this month is: How to Talk to Your Audiologist.
Gain some idea on how to better prepare for those meetings when your hearing aid or cochlear implant will be tuned up, how to bring up the problems you are having and how much you can actually expect them to improve your listening experiences.
Bring your questions to our meeting featuring Lisa Dahlstrom AuD
from the University of Utah Otolaryngology/ENT Division. She’s worked with hearing aids and she works with cochlear implants. She has answers. We hope to see you there.
By the way, the picture above came from this website: http://communityblog.phonak.com/2014/07/10/your-audiologist-a-life-long-relationship/
It’s a good read so check it out.
We are cancelling tomorrow’s book club due to a busy holiday season. It will be rescheduled for next month.
Our next HLAA book club gathering is on Dec. 13th from 9am-10:30. It will be at the Sanderson Center in Classroom C with the hearing loop and CART.
The next book being discussed is “What Dreams May Come” by Richard Matheson. It’s on Kindle for $8.89, there’s used on Amazon starting at $1.50 and it can be ordered through the library too. Click HERE for the Amazon link. Even if you haven’t read the book come on in as the discussion are a lot of fun. Come help us pick out the next book for February. (The book club alternates with the HLAA bi-monthly meetings.) Here’s the questions that will lead the discussion….
Describe a situation where you have felt a feeling of a presence. Who do you believe it was? Why do you believe they were there? If you have never felt such a thing, describe one someone you know has experienced. How does this affect your belief in an afterlife?
How is Ann’s refusal to believe in Chris’s afterlife existence affecting her and her family? Explain how she is affecting the belief of her children.
How does Summerland compare with the typical concept of heaven? Explain.
Discuss why souls that have evolved, such as Albert and Leona, are still in Summerland.
Is Ann’s suicide a predictable plot point? Why or why not?
Is suicide as wrong for someone not in his or her right mind? Explain.
Discuss free will and Ann’s suicide. Use your arguments from Albert’s position and from Chris’s position.
Multiple Choice Questions
- Why does Ann want Richard to stop trying to console her?
(a)She wants to have time to find Chris alone.
(b) It only makes her feel worse.
(c) She thinks he is coming on to her.
(d) She does not believe Chris is alive in spirit.
- Who do Leona and Chris met?
(a)A man who will find out what Chris wants to know.
(b) An angel.
(d) Chris’s mother.
- What place does Chris visit?
(a)The Hall of Unbelievers.
(b) The Hall of Literature.
(c) The Hall of Religious Theory.
(d) The Hall of Good and Bad Deeds.
- Who writes a letter about Chris?
(b) His daughter, Marie.
- What do the damned do in the vacuum of Hell?
(a) Live pretty much the way they’ve always lived.
(b) Talk to themselves about the same things over and over.
(c) Ponder non-spiritual matters.
(d) Plot revenge against God.
Short Answer Questions
- Who is with Ann?
- How do the works of literature exist in this library?
- When is Ann to join Chris in Summerland?
- Why is it hard for Ann to believe that Chris is still alive in some form?
- How does Chris’ heart beat?
It’s about time for our next meeting! It will be at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the conference room from 9am-11am. CART will be available.
With the holidays coming up, we thought we’d cover Holiday Blues.
Depression is a common feeling during the holidays and it’s even more common among those with hearing loss. As Marilyn Call says in her “Grief” workshop, “Feelings not felt…STAY. Feel what you are feeling. Becoming aware of a feeling and letting yourself feel it somehow neutralizes it.” Reach out at our meeting and learn how others cope with it.
The group discussion will be led by Dr. Susan Chilton the first hour. There will be a short break afterward and the second hour will be devoted to HLAA-SLC business. Learn what’s going with your chapter and in the area.
Thank you to those who attended last Saturday’s meeting, it was good to see our regulars and a few new faces. Gift bags were given to attendees as a show of appreciation. Thank you Donna and Mike for taking time to put them together. Special recognition went to Julia Stepp for going above and beyond CART, helping us whenever she can and to Susan Chilton for leading our interactive meetings getting us in touch with our support group efforts again.
Susan led the meeting on Stress Management for the Holidays.
She had a lot of practical advice for the everyday person such as cutting back on traditions or delegating tasks to family. Other suggestions were to get outside in the sun for a walk or get regular exercise. Treat yourself to a massage or ask a family member to trade foot or hand massages. As hard of hearing it’s important to place yourself at your best vantage point around a holiday table. Sit by a sympathetic family member who will help you hear, try for a corner position at the table to help reduce acoustic problems.
Other news: Hearing aid batteries can be recycled with your local CostCo audiologist.
Look for coming socials between HLAA meetings. Socials will be announced here and on our yahoo email list.
Our next meeting date and topic will be announced soon, stay tuned!