March 15, 2022


In our March 15, 2022 issue, we share with you...
  • Carolyn Odio, HLAA-WA trustee, talks inclusion
  • News on the open-caption movie campaign
  • HLAA-Whatcom County meeting: "Hearing Loss at the Crossroads" March 19, 2022
  • Our next HOPE meeting, April 6, 2022
  • A scholarship for hard-of-hearing students
  • Loops at a Grocery Outlet store
  • Convention keynote announcement
  • A caption device for glasses
Washington State Hearing Loss News
HLAA-WA's Board Member Carolyn Odio Pens Article on Inclusion
In the world of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), "Inclusion" means thinking about how to best connect with people with hearing loss and low vision. In this article for the League of Women Voters of Washington, HLAA-WA's Carolyn Odio explains how. 
Are More Open-Captioned Movies On the Way? 

Open-captioned movies are terrific for people who are Deaf or who have a hearing loss. The trouble is, there aren't enough OC shows at times that are convenient for most people.

Attorney and hearing loss advocate John Waldo updates us on the OC efforts here in Washington State in our blog this week.
Washington State Hearing Loss Events
"Hearing Loss at the Crossroads" with Neil Bauman
HLAA-Whatcom County Meeting 
March 19, 2022, 10-11:30 am

Photo of Pathway Surrounded By Fir Trees
Are you at a crossroads with your hearing loss? Or do you wonder if there's another way--a better way--to treat and cope with your hearing loss?

At the next HLAA-Whatcom County Zoom meeting, hearing loss specialist Neil Bauman, PhD, talks about why we may choose poor hearing loss coping strategies and how to instead choose ones that bring success. 

Free, captioned, and open to everyone. Contact HLAA-Whatcom County president Larry Wonnacott if the link below doesn't work for you (
Click here to join the HLAA-Whatcom County meeting
Next HLAA-WA HOPE Meeting: April 6, 2022
How well are you hearing in public spaces, now that more people are out and about? Need advice on where to hear better in your favorite venues?

Bring these questions and any others you may have to an online HOPE meeting. All HOPE meetings are free, captioned, and facilitated by a caring team of hearing loss advocates. Join us as we encourage and support each other and learn to thrive with hearing loss. 
Our HOPE Crew hosts valuable and enjoyable Zoom meetings the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  We’ll be looking for you!
Register for the April 6, 2022 HOPE meeting
Hearing Loss in the News

Scholarships Available for High School Seniors 
Do you know a hardworking high school student who's deaf or hard-of-hearing? Let them know about the TDI for Access scholarship program.

The scholarships will recognize the volunteer efforts of students who have contributed time and energy to better their communities and who plan to attend a technical college or university.

The deadline to apply is May 13, 2022, at 2:00 pm Pacific time. 

Hearing Loops Arrive at an Oregon Grocery Outlet Store

At the Grocery Outlet store in Springfield, Oregon, loops are waiting.

High ceilings, clattering shopping carts, and background conversations can make grocery stores challenging places to hear. But hearing loops change all that, making communication with employees and customers with hearing loss easy and fast.

The Grocery Outlet store in Springfield, Oregon now has a loop at every checkoutRead more in our blog this week. 
News from HLAA Headquarters
HLAA Convention 2022 Keynote Speaker Announced
Achin Bhowmik
Achin Bhowmik, PhD
Learn about emerging technologies from Dr. Achin Bhowmik at the HLAA convention in Tampa June 23-25, 2022. Dr. Bhowmik is the chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Starkey. 

Early bird registration has been extended to April 1, 2022, and starts at $150 for a student. Register today!
Let's Talk Hearing Tech

A Caption Device for Your Glasses
Black TranscribeGlass device retrofitted to spectacle frames
A clip-on device that provides captions for your glasses may be coming.
In early 2022, you may be able to buy a device to clip onto your glasses to see speech translated to text...on your glasses.

No, we're not talking about the unloved Google Glass, but instead, we're talking about TranscribeGlass from TinkerTech Labs. Read more here
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Cheri Perazzoli explains hearing loops at a community event.
HLAA and HLAA-Washington can connect you to the people, technologies, and programs that can help you live your best life, regardless of your ability to hear. Because life is worth hearing.
As an HLAA member, your dues help to support our hearing loss programs, boost our advocacy efforts, and help you stay connected. Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA's award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life. 
Your HLAA membership automatically includes a membership in HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year, and veterans can join free for a year.
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