April 6, 2018
In this edition:
  • May is Better Hearing Month; Use April to Get Your Local Government to Support People with Hearing Loss
  • Comfort Duett:  Your Feedback is Needed
  • Support Whatcom Chapter with Amazon Smile
  • In the News
  • Give BIG for All
  • Tacoma Chapter Meeting
  • Whatcom Chapter 2018 Saturday Meeting Schedule
  • HLAA 2018 Convention - Join the WA Delegation
  • Join or Renew Your Membership
  • Calendar

May is Better Hearing Month;
Use April to Get Your Local Government to Support People with Hearing Loss

This year, HLAA-WA is encouraging our members and supporters to ask their local governments to support Better Hearing Month.  What we know is that most people do not understand hearing loss, that most places do not provide appropriate hearing assistive systems, and that more attention to this issue would help.

Thus, we have prepared a model Proclamation for local governments, be it a city or county council or city or county commission.

Go to this link and see the model Proclamation.  Then take the following steps for your own local government (we are using the word “Council” in the following steps to mean both “Council” and “Commission”).

  1. Contact a Councilmember whom you know already and ask him/her to introduce the resolution by April 27.
  2. If you don’t know any of your local Councilmembers, then email them all, along with the Clerk of the Council, and ask them all to introduce the Proclamation.  Or attend a meeting and ask the Council during the public comment period to adopt it at their following meeting.
  3. Follow up with a phone call if you don’t hear back after sending your email.
  4. Ask when the Proclamation will be on the agenda.  Go to that meeting and make comments in support of the resolution.
  5. Send a thank you note after the adoption to every member who voted in favor of it.

How do you get Councilmember contact information?  Look at your local government’s web site.  There is almost always a spot for Council and Clerk of the Council, with contact information for each member.

This Proclamation encourages the public to get their hearing tested, follow up on results if hearing aids are needed, and asks the arts community to evaluate their ability to support people with hearing loss.  In some jurisdictions, the Council  may agree to use it but call it a "Resolution" instead.  In other jurisdictions, they may not include portions, such as the arts venue information.  But what we are really after is Better Hearing Month visibility; so it's OK if they use it in any reasonable form.

Thank you for your help with this.  Please let Cheri Perazzoli, Advocacy Director, know ( if you have any questions and if you are successful. Send her a picture if you are able.

Comfort Duett: Your Feedback Is Needed

If you are familiar with the Comfort Duett amplifier, would you please share your experience with Diana Thompson,  Her audiologist is trying to get feedback from users of this device.

Support Whatcom Chapter with Amazon Smile

Whatcom County Chapter has completed registration for Amazon Smile.  This is a program where their supporters (not just members but also their friends, family, etc.) can easily register with Amazon and have 0.5% of their qualifying purchases donated to the Whatcom chapter.  Interested Chapters can visit to register.  You will need your group’s EIN and bank account information to register.

In the News

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

Musician redefines herself after hearing loss:

Study Finds 36% of Forestry Workers with Noisy Jobs Suffer Hearing Loss:

Hearing loss study at USC, Harvard shows hope for millions:

Inner ear provides clues to human dispersal:

Mifepristone may halt growth of intracranial tumor that causes hearing loss:; also see FDA-approved drug for chemical abortion shows promise for treatment of vestibular schwannoma:

Trouble hearing? It could increase your risk of an injury:

People who are fitted with two hearing aids report higher satisfaction:

The push to end noise pollution for better health:

Nursing homes and hearing aids: What you need to know:

Your rights under the ADA: hearing loss and hearing aids:

Healthy Hearing conversation | Madeline Bennett, founder of Otogear:

Scientists reveal novel approach to restoration of hearing:

Increased rate of accidental injuries associated with poorer hearing ability:

Give BIG is May 9. 
This is our only fundraising activity each year.
Plan ahead for your donation to HLAA-WA!
You will soon receive information from HLAA-WA as to how to schedule and make your donation on or before May 9.

April 21               CHAT: CONSUMER HEARING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY - Additional ways to hear
                            and communicate better     
                            Don Gischer
                            Also! Join us for Lunch (Five Columns Restaurant) and Movie (Barkley Theater)
                            Dean Olson, President, Wash-CAP and successful manager of personal hearing loss!

                     Pamela Spencer, MA FAAA, Spencer Audiology Clinic
- 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, April 28th: 9 -12 noon with Charlene MacKenzie
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.
More than a dozen HLAA-WA members will be going to Convention this year.  Not one of them?  You can still register, even though the early bird registration has ended.  Get more information and sign up here.  Enjoy the convention and see our HLAA-WA members presentations and awards!
Be sure to check out HLAA-WA Board member Jayesh Undakat's workshop on "Aural Captivity to Visual Creativity: The Exposition of Captioning" and Cheri Perazzoli's panel on "Hearing Loop Advocates:  Sharing Success Stories from the Field". 
This will be Cheri's first HLAA convention as a member of the HLAA national Board.  Our Legislative liaison, Diana Thompson, will be receiving an award for her extensive advocacy work on behalf of people with hearing loss.
Review the entire program here.

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.

April 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.
  • See the Loop Washington website for more hearing accessible events.

Apr 6, 7, 8  Winnie the Pooh, Bellevue Youth Theatre,16051 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008,looped. $10
Apr 7    Renton Health Fair and 50 + Senior Resource Fair (HLAA-WA Outreach),  10:00 am - 2:00 pm,
             Renton Senior Center, 211 N Burnett, Renton
Apr 7    Meet the Authors: Life Matters by BookClub Seattle, Bellevue Library Meeting Room 1, 3:30 pm,
Apr 9    "Ready Player One", Edmonds Theater,,
              Captions on screen
Apr 10  Leslie Jamison and Claire Dederer discuss 'The Recovering', 7:00 - 8:10 pm. Hear
             New York Times best-selling author Leslie Jamison discusses the stories we tell about addiction
             and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. 
             Seattle Public Library Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, Infrared assistive listening system (IR)
Apr 11  Ladies Musical Club Concert, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Concert celebrating National Poetry Month with
             works by local women composers featuring works by local women poets. Seattle Public Library 

             Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR
Apr 12 – May 20 “The Lamp is the Moon,” Seattle Children’s Theatre, looped
Apr 13   An Evening with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, 8:00 pm, Federal Way Performing Arts Center,
              31510 Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way, WA, looped.
Apr 14  Tacoma HLAA-WA Chapter:  Show and Tell!  10:00 am - Noon, Tacoma Area Coalition of
              Individuals with Disabilities (TACID, next to Tacoma Community College), 6315 South 19th
              Street, Tacoma, WA 98466-6217 (Enter through the front door.)  Real-time captions, audio
              system, FM listening system (FM)
Apr 15  Music from South America with Clarinetist Maryanne Lacaille, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Inter-
             nationally renowned clarinetist Maryanne Lacaille returns to the Seattle Central Library with a
             sizzling concert of clarinet music recently composed in South America.  Seattle Public Library
             Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR
Apr 16  Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, 12:05 - 12:50 pm,  This week's story is "The Rule
              of Names," by Ursula K. Le Guin. Seattle Public Library Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR

Apr 19  “Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind”, by Nick Adams in full period dress,
              Bellevue Library Meeting Room 1, 7:00 pm, looped
Apr 19  Pink Martini, 7:00 pm, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 10 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020,
Apr 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 Wizard of Oz, Bellevue Youth Theatre,16051 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
             looped. $10
Apr 20  "Kiss Me, Kate", 8:00 pm, 5th Avenue Theatre, captioned and Sennheiser FM listening system.
             Reserve your headset when you purchase your ticket.
Apr 21 CHAT:  Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology, Don Gischer, Whatcom County Chapter HLAA,
             9:30 - 11:30 am, Christ the Servant Lugheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham WA
Apr 26  avery r young. 6:30-8:30 pm.  avery r. young uses his talents to speak stories of turmoil turned to
             triumph. young is a 3Arts Award winning teaching-artist, composer, and producer whose work
             spans the many genres of music, performance, visual arts, and literature. Seattle Public Library
             Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR
Apr 30  Ellen Forney discusses 'Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life', 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
              Local cartoonist Ellen Forney, creator of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
              discusses her new “survival guide” for people with bipolar disorders.Seattle Public Library
              Downtown, Microsoft Auditorium, IR

May 10  “Familiar,” Seattle Repertory Theatre, open-captioned at 7:30 pm; all performances looped
May 16  Cochlear Community Bellevue Chapter meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Hotel 116 Bellevue,
              625 – 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA  98004.  Register online at

* 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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