November 9, 2018
In this edition
  • Another Facility Looped!
  • Annual Meeting 2018:  Board Changes, Appreciation, Program, New Officers
  • South Sound CI Support Group - November 10, 2018
  • Alzheimer's Association 2018 Town Hall Meetings
  • In the News
  • Whatcom Chapter 2018 Saturday Meeting Schedule
  • Join or Renew Your Membership
  • Calendar

Another Facility Looped!

Mike Sweeney (left)  and Lou Touchette (right) have just finished installing a hearing loop at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church , Bellingham, in the room where the Whatcom Chapter of HLAA meets, adding to the growing inventory of places we can hear well.

Annual Meeting 2018

Board Changes

At the Annual Meeting in Bellevue on October 27, new Board members Kate Jantz-Koprivnik (far right) and Larry Wonnacott (second from left) were welcomed and presented with certificates of election by Karen Utter (second from right) and Warren Weissman, President (far left).
Warren Weissman, outgoing President, was also elected to a new Board term.

Karen Utter also presented outgoing Board members Don Gischer (left in picture at right) and Devin Myers (right) with certificates of appreciation for their work.


Penny and John Allen were recognized for their many contributions to HLAA-WA over the years. Penny as a former Board President, Sound Waves editor and long-time Chapter Leader; and John is HLAA-WA equipment manager and all-round supporter. of HLAA-WA and of people with hearing loss  They were presented with a crystal vase inscribed with a message of appreciation.


The Annual Meeting program included Linda Henry, member of the Puyallup Area Aging in Community Committee (pictured at right); and Irene Stewart (not pictured), Communications Manager, City of Seattle Aging & Disability Services, describing their respective cities' Age-Friendly programs.  Puyallup was the first city in Washington to become certified as an Age-Friendly city and is using a citizen-based planning process.  Seattle was the second city certified and is using a staff-based approach.  We are grateful to Linda and Irene for taking time on a Saturday to share their cities' information with HLAA-WA.

New Officers

In the Board meeting following the Annual Meeting, elections for new officers to take office in January 2019 resulted in Cynthia Stewart, President; Jayesh Unadkat, Vice President; Warren Weissman, Secretary; and Bill Collison, Treasurer.   Other Board members include Sandra Bunning, Kate Jantz-Koprivnik, Cheri Perazzoli, Glenda Philio, Karen Utter, and Larry Wonnacott.  The Board will begin work on a new strategic plan at its next meeting in January. Cheri Perazzoli remains HLAA-WA's Director of Advocacy and is a member, together with the officers, of the Executive Committee of the Board.

Alzheimer's Association
2018 Town Hall Meetings

Learn about the progress made in implementing the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's and Other Dementias and the Idaho Alzheimer's State Plan, followed by a question and answer session.  The state legislatures of Washington and Idaho may be presented in 2019 with proposals to implement parts of their respective Alzheimer's State Plans.  These town halls are an effort to focus the attention of state officials on the importance of addressing the challenges of better supporting people with Alzheimer's and those who care for them.

Get more information about the Washington State Plan here.

Monday, November 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Thursday, November 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Aging & Adult Care of Central WA
50 Simon St., SE
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

In the News

Some articles about hearing loss that appeared in the news recently (note, there was much less than usual this week):

The ABCs of how to read an audiogram:

People with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of hearing loss:

                          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

Also, take a look at our vibrant new web site

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.

November-December 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. Town Hall expects to reopen in March.  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.

Through Nov 10   "A Thousand Splendid Suns", Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St., Seattle, WA, looped
Through Nov 11 "The Octette Bridge Club", Whidbey Playhouse, ​730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor, WA. looped
Through Nov 25 “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Seattle Children’s Theatre, looped.
Through Nov 25   “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay,” Seattle Children’s Theatre, looped
Through Dec 30  “Matilda the Musical,” Village Theatre Issaquah, looped
Through Dec 30   “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Seattle Children’s Theatre, looped
Nov 10   South Sound Cochlear Implant Support Group, 10:00am-12:00pm, TACID (Tacoma Area
               Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities), 6315 South 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466
Nov 13    Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope, 6:00 pm, video and presentation
                from Sound Discipline Executive Director Jody McVittie, MD with a facilitated Q & A, Seattle
                Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with FM receivers

Nov 16   "Kitchen Sessions with Imani Sims,” 7:00 pm, Bellevue Arts Museum,  510 Bellevue Way NE,
                Bellevue, looped.
Nov 16   Rita Rudner, 8:00 pm, Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way, looped.
Nov 17   Stunt Dogs, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm, Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way,
Nov 19   Thrilling Tales:  A Storytime for Grownups, 12:05 - 12:50 pm,  "A Death in the Family," by Miriam
               Allen deFord, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops
               with FM receivers
Nov 19   Thrilling Tales After Dark: A Storytime for Grownups, 7:00 - 7:55 pm,   "Miriam," by Truman
               Capote, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with
               FM receivers
Nov 20   Kitchen Table Talk, Age-Friendly Communities, 1:00 pm, call 206-386-1200 (844-386-1200) or
               join online at Code is 6962239.
Nov 23 – Dec 30  “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seattle Repertory Theatre. all shows looped;
               captioned show December 6, 7:30 pm
Nov 29   City of Everett Wintertide, 4:00-7:00 pm, Everett Performing Arts Center, looped.
Nov 29   Loggia Lectures with Rob Prufer: “The Lady Vanishes,” 7:00-8:30 pm, Bellevue Arts Museum,
               510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, looped
Nov 30 – Dec 23   “Peter and the Starcatcher,” The Driftwood Players in Edmonds, looped

Dec 3    Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, 2:05 – 12:50 p.m.N "A Christmas Memory," by Truman
              Capote, Seattle Public Library downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR headsets or Neck Loops with
              FM receivers
Dec 7    The Kingston Trio, 7:30 pm, Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way, 
Dec 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23   “The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut,” Tacoma City Ballet, Federal
              Way Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way, looped
Dec 16   “Annie,” 1:30 pm, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, open-captioned/ASL show (combined),
               Sennheiser assistive listening headsets available (free when you reserve your tickets,
Dec 16   “Disney’s The Lion King,”  6:30 pm, Paramount Theater, Seattle, open-captioned show,
               Sennheiser assistive listening devices available free at the Friends of the Paramount booth just
               inside the main lobby.

* 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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