May 3 HLAA Meeting is two weeks earlier than normal. To celebrate May’s Better Speech and Hearing Month, we teamed up with Loop Utah and the Sanderson Center to hold a two day event called, “Don’t Be Left Out of the Loop!” On May 3, 2014 the National HLAA office is sending us their Loop Advocate, Dr. Juliette Sterkens to talk about the necessity of hearing loops, the advantages and how to advocate for them ourselves. Here’s our schedule:
8:30-9:00 light breakfast
9:00-11:00 Dr. Juliette Sterkens
11:15-12:00 the Loop Challenge
12:00-1:00 Lunch for all attendees
1:00-1:30 Home Loops presentation
Feeling Loopy? Come join us. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there.
“Hearing loops will do for hearing instruments what WIFI does for laptops.” Dr. David Meyers
Our next meeting is Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9am-11am. Our topic will be hearing loops and it will be held in the newly looped room in the Sanderson Center, classroom B/C. Your hearing aid is specifically programmed with for your hearing loss and switching to T-coil (the telephone switch) will deliver clear sound right to your hearing aids. If you’ve never experienced the technology, now is your chance to discover the difference.
My personal hearing loop experience is it gives me almost normal hearing again in group situations. Gone is the background noise and distance which interferes so much with in my typical hearing aid program. Normally I rely on CART (real time captioning) to get me through meetings but with the loop, CART is backup. I can look down to write and still hear the words being said. In the Sanderson Center set up, we have microphones set up on the tables which means I also hear all the comments as well. That does not happen without the loop for me.
Our meeting will cover ADA compliance which changed in 2010, talk about hearing loop standards and the difference between a loop and other assistive listening devices. Come find out why this technology is so awesome and why we need to build awareness of the loop in Utah. Find out about the little steps we each can take to get venues looped so we can get out there and start being social again.