October 2021 Edition

 A Non-Profit Self-Help Organization Dedicated to Information, Support, Education, and Advocacy for People Who Do Not Hear Well and Those Around Them
Please support our 2021 Walk4Hearing on Saturday, October 9th!   ---Beautiful Weather with Lots of Space at Beckley Creek Park--

his is a spirited opportunity to be together as our group welcomes others of all ages in the community who are living successfully with hearing loss. Your Walk4Hearing Committee has worked diligently with chair, Katie Fromholt, making the walk possible.  Now, we can all show support for the life changing goals of raising awareness and supporting the work our alliances and national organization do on our behalf.

We do need some assistance with the walk itself. Volunteers are needed starting with the 7:30 A.M. set up to 11:00 clean up.  In between we need people to direct walkers along the route, handout out T shirts and refreshments. You don’t even need to complete the walk to help as we need people to greet attendees and keep an eye on the main areas too. Looking forward to seeing Everyone out there!

Please email PaulaEsterle@gmail.com if you can help us out or sign up at the September meeting.  Voice or Text 502 295 4556.

You can also go online to donate to encourage teams of walkers.  Check on the event at Walk4Hearing.org and find the Kentuckiana walk.  Help make our walk a success!

Huge Thank You to all who have already donated or who are making plans to volunteer!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert!  The latest information in Kentucky: Latest Information

From the National Association of the DeafMessage

BE SAFE! Wear a protective face mask! 

Hearing Loss and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: Resources

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH): KCDHH

What's New In This Edition?

This website is updated daily and every month new topical articles are added:   What's New?

Special Item: Podcast Featuring Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director

Please CLICK here: Podcast

Action Alert! Medicare Coverage Of Hearing Aids!

You may be aware that there is a movement afoot to expand Medicare to include hearing health care. That would mean for the first time, people who rely on Medicare to pay their medical bills would also be able to turn to Medicare to cover the cost of hearing aids and related services. The time has come to let your Senators and Congress members know that hearing health care matters! Please CLICK on the following link: Action Alert!

Walk4Hearing - Find A Walk HERE!:

Select a Walk4Hearing location you wish to register and attend. If there is no Walk in your area, join a Walk4Hearing location closest to you. The Walk is online this spring so you can participate from anywhere! Register HERE!

HLAA Hearing Life Summer 2021

In this issue of Hearing Life, we celebrate thirteen remarkable people who work tirelessly to educate, inspire and advocate for people with hearing loss. This issue is fully online, and open to all. For those of you who receive a mail copy, you will receive your copy soon. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Life Summer 2021

HLAA Hearing Life E-News: 

Hearing Life E-News keeps readers up to date with the latest information on hearing loss: HLAA Hearing Life E-News


Articles on subjects of immediate importance that have recently been announced appear in this section: STOP PRESS

Local Chapter Virtual Meeting Recordings:

Many chapters meet VIRTUALLY at present. See captioned video recordings here: Local Chapter Virtual Meeting Recordings

Survey on Improving the Health Care System - A Call To Action

Be part of the solution! Participate in research that investigates the impact of communication access on the quality of health care! The Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center is seeking respondents who are age 60 or above, have age-related hearing loss and have seen a health care provider within the past two years to complete a 15-minute web survey on improving the way the health care system cares for your community. To learn more, please CLICK on the following link: Details

See How Much Fun We Have At Our Local Chapter Virtual Meetings!! Come And Join Us!

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Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "Anxiety And Hearing Loss"

Linda has grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, she has faced denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust, and hope. She has felt annoyed, angry, and frightened. She has encountered despair, loneliness, and envy. She has experienced panic attacks. Does that all sound familiar to you? Over the years she has met understanding people, kind souls who have helped her a great deal and others who thought she had nothing short of an invisible plague.

As a way of coming to terms with her hearing loss, she decided to put her feelings about her disability down on paper. Her hope is to better understand herself. Perhaps you will find a little something in her meanderings that will help you, too!  Please CLICK on the following link to visit her new section, called "Meandering Through a Hearing World", and enjoy reading her new article for this month: 
Meandering Through A Hearing World

The Need To Provide Free Captioning For People With Hearing Loss When Using Videoconferencing Platforms

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hearing health advocate Shari Eberts penned an open letter to video conferencing companies asking for free captioning services.The letter turned into a petition with 58,000 signatures and countless comments from people with hearing loss. Google and Microsoft both took their automatic speech recognition captions out from behind a paywall. But Zoom, the clear favorite platform to connect workplaces and loved ones during the pandemic, is lagging behind. Please CLICK on the following link: The Need To Provide Free Captioning

Please CLICK on the following link: Social Media


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