July 13, 2018
In this edition
  • HLAA National Convention Awards Go to 7 WA HLAA Members
  • Designing for Special Populations
  • In the News
  • Whatcom Chapter 2018 Saturday Meeting Schedule
  • Save the Date - 2018 HLAA-WA Picnic
  • Join or Renew Your Membership
  • Calendar

HLAA National Convention Awards Go to 7 Washington HLAA Members

At the national HLAA convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 21-24, 2018, four awards were received by HLAA members (seven members in total) from  Washington State.  Diana Thompson, HLAA-WA Legislative Liaison, winner of the Marcia Dugan Advocacy Award, was mentioned in the last issue of E-News.  This week we highlight the other three awards.
The Get-in-the-Hearing Loop Award was presented by Juliette Serkens, Au.D., to Joseph and Erlene Little, of Oak Harbor; and Jerry and Joanna Olstead, of Anacortes. Erlene Little is shown at left with the award.

These two couples, known as the “Anacortes Four,” have helped Northern Washington and Skagit County become among the most looped areas in our State. With their help, the Anacortes Library Meeting Room, Anacortes Community Theatre, the Anacortes Senior Center, the City of Anacortes Council Chambers and Skyline Clubhouse are looped. Nearby, Burlington Library, Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church, Westminster Church, and Island Hospital’s intake and information desks are looped.
An often overlooked part of hearing access is follow up, and these four advocates - Erlene in particular - are especially good about checking back with looped facilities, testing equipment, and thanking venues for captioned and looped performances. Smaller communities need loops just as much as big cities do, and the Anacortes Four have helped make this beautiful part of the state incredibly hearing-friendly—and incredibly well-looped.

Cheri Perazzoli, HLAA-WA Advocacy Director and national HLAA Board member, accepted the Community Service Award presented to Cynthia Stewart, of Olympia, who was not able to attend the convention.  Cheri credited Cynthia with helping to get recent legislation passed, writing hundreds of emails, testifying to the State Legislature and developing relationships with legislators and advocates that will help with future legislation. As E-News editor, Cynthia also keeps our members informed on hearing loss issues and shows how they can testify and offer public comments for bills being considered by the State Legislature or city and county councils.

Diana Bender, Ph.D., presented the Spirit of HLAA Award to Bruce Rafford, of Deer Park for helping improve hearing access to a wide range of government, hospital and other facilities; and for helping all people with disabilities.  Using his own resources, Bruce has traveled to every corner of Washington State to ensure that venues are doing all they can and should to provide hearing access and other disability accommodations. Bruce brings not only a deep knowledge of hearing loss and hearing access, but also of broader areas of disability advocacy.  He has also worked with venues to improve parking, signage, materials, and accessible travel for people with disabilities. As far back as 1992, Bruce was working with Boeing Company to help them create a more hearing-friendly workplace.

In the News

Some articles about hearing loss that appeared in the news recently:

Mindfulness is key to tinnitus relief research reveals:

Function of a mysterious component of the inner ear revealed:

Why some people get dizzy when hearing certain sounds:

I have never allowed hearing loss to prevent me from doing what I wanted:

More than 40% of the Australian headphone listeners think they have a hearing loss:

Social security disability and hearing loss:

The link between hearing loss and high healthcare costs:

What is a decibel?

Hearing partially restored in deaf lab mice using novel therapy:

- Interactive Program -- Share and Tell.  
                        Jerry Finkbonner and Charlene MacKenzie
                        11 am to 2 pm, BJ’s Clubhouse 4848 Village Drive (Map to follow)
                         Charlene MacKenzie and Joyce Moseley-Sweeney
                         Nicole Brent, Engagement Manager, Cochlear Americas; Bert Lederer, Cochlear
                         Community Volunteer
                         Dean Olson, President, Wash-CAP and successful manager of personal hearing loss!
The Hearing Loss Association of America Whatcom County Chapter meets at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

Contact:  Mike Sweeney    Phone:  734-0469

Additional programs offered to our membership in 2018:
HEARING LOSS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP:  (Cost free)  Saturday, October 27th: 9 -12 noon with Charlene MacKenzie

In a personal, small group setting -- wearing hearing aids or not -- learn more about your hearing loss as well as why and how to shop wisely for hearing devices. Bring your current audiogram. No cost but a priceless opportunity for our members, friends and the community.

Save the Date!

Join the Hearing Loss Association of America
or Renew Your Membership

Help support HLAA in Washington State  by becoming a member of the national organization, Hearing Loss Association of America. Your membership dues support programs and include HLAA's bi-monthly award-winning magazine, "Hearing Life."   Join our national affiliate, HLAA, here.

July Hearing Accessible Events

The purpose of this calendar is to inform HLAA members and readers of hearing-accessible events and venues.  This is not an exhaustive list; it reflects the events that we are aware of at the time of publication.  To include other meetings and events on this calendar, please contact Cynthia Stewart,
  • For updated information about Seattle Town Hall, see their web site here. Town Hall Seattle is currently undergoing a remodeling and events are scheduled at other venues throughout the city. We’re tracking down hearing access details, but no info is yet available. Please feel free to send a note of inquiry voicing your support for the loop at Town Hall and ask what kind of hearing accommodations have been put in place for the neighborhood presentations.
  • All Seattle Repertory Theatre performances are looped. Captioned performances are offered at  the first Thursday show of each production in the Bagley Wright and Leo K. Theatres. Get ticket information here.
  • A Contemporary Theater (ACT) in Seattle now offers closed captions for Mainstage performances with the Figaro MobiTxt closed captioning system. Get more information here.
  • Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor, is looped.  Get more information here.
  • Anacortes Community Theater, 918 M Ave., Anacortes, is looped.  Get more information here.
  • See the Loop Washington website for more hearing accessible events.

Jul 6- 29   "Hairspray", Village Theater Everett, 2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, looped.
Jul 14   "Bamboo Music & Dance", Vancouver, Canada-based Khac Chi Bamboo Music, 10:30
             - 11:30 am, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops
             with FM receivers.  
Jul 14   South Sound CI Support Group, 10:00 am - Noon, TACID, 6315 S. 19th St., Tacoma, CART and
             Assistive Listening system
Jul 17   Clarion West presents Karen Joy Fowler, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,  Seattle Public Library downtown,
             Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with FM receivers.
Jul 19-21 “Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass,” 7:00 pm, Seattle Children’s Theatre,
             student production, looped
Jul 19-29 "The Little Mermaid", Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor, Looped.
Jul 22  “Everett’s Boomtown Beginnings”, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Everett Main Library Auditorium, looped.
Jul 23   Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, "Betrayal" by Joyce Carol Oates, 12:05 - 12:50 pm,
             Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with FM
Jul 23   Thrilling Tales After Dark: A Storytime for Grownups, 7:00 - 7:55 pm, "Dying Room Only," by
             Richard Matheson, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck
             Loops with FM receivers.
Jul 24   Universal Design Council Forum:  Designing for Special Populations, 9:30-11:30 am, Seattle City
             Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, looped
Jul 26    African Showcase Performance, 11:00 am - Noon, teaching artists from Gansango Music &
              Dance Company perform music and dance from West Africa, for kids & families, Seattle Public
             Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with FM receivers.
Jul 26-28 “Seussical Jr,” 7:00 pm, Seattle Children’s Theatre, looped.
Jul 26-Aug 4  "The Hound of the Baskervilles", Anacortes Community Theater, 918 M Ave.,
             Anacortes, Looped.
Aug 5   Young Musicians Concert, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Alina Bui, Lian Halbert, and James Liang from Shih-Yi
             Kuan’s music studio in Mill Creek will perform delightful operatic arias and piano works from 18th
             and 19th centuries, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or
            Neck Loops with FM receivers
Jul 28   Annual HLAA-WA Family Picnic, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Lake Boren Park, Newcastle
Jul 28   “The Princess Bride,” 9:00 pm, Seattle Center Movies at the Mural, open-captioned.
Aug 6   Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, 12:05 - 12:50 pm, "Something Short of Murder," by
             Henry Slesar, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or
             Neck Loops with FM receivers
* Local HLAA-WA and related meetings share information, education, and support for people who live with or deal with hearing loss and all those who wish to better understand hearing loss. Visitors are always welcome to attend.

"Looped" refers to the availability of a hearing loop.  When the symbol at left is shown at a venue or event, you may turn your hearing aid to "T-coil" to use the loop.
Please contact HLAA-WA for more information on any of these subjects.

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