June 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

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

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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

Deaf Vaccine Day - Sat. June 19 1-3pm Louisville: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Caregivers and Family Members. ASL Interpreters will be provided: Register HERE!

What's New In This Edition?

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

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!

Nashville Walk4Hearing - Sunday June 13  At 9:00am CST 10:00am EST

HLAA Nashville is having its (virtual) HLAA Nashville Walk4Hearing this Sunday (June 13, 2021) starting at 9:00am Central Time or 10:00am Eastern Time! Register HERE!

HLAA 2021 Virtual Convention Registration Now Open! Register Now To June 15th And Pay Only $35!!

Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. Register HERE!

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:

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

Applicants Needed For Gallaudet University's Peer Mentoring Certification Program

Gallaudet University is currently looking for applicants for the next cohort of the Peer Mentoring training program.  It will be holding a Q & A Zoom meeting for those who would like an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask any questions they may have.  The meeting will be on Wednesday, June 16th at 7:30- 8:30 PM. Please CLICK here for details: Peer Mentoring

Deaf Vaccine Day - Sat. June 19, 1 - 3PM

Deaf Vaccine Day - Sat. June 19 1-3pm Louisville: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Caregivers and Family Members. ASL Interpreters will be provided: Register HERE!

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

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Hearing Health E-Magazine - Spring 2021 Edition

Enjoy this Spring 2021 online edition of Hearing Health magazine. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Health

Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "What Matters Most With 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

MASK UP KY! Free Clear Masks Still Available

Thanks to a grant and generous sponsors, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has been able to partner with various agencies who work directly with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to provide the ClearMask for FREE.

Teachers, interpreters, employers, mental health counselors, hospitals, clinics, medical providers and nursing homes should visit the KCDHH website https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/mask/clearmask.html for more information. KCDHH recommends deaf and hard of hearing individuals/parents of deaf and hard of hearing children request two ClearMasks so they may take them to appointments to ask doctors and others they meet with to wear them.

Little Ears Hearing Center Offering Counseling

Are you looking for some support? Struggling with your child’s behaviors during the pandemic? Concerned about the emotional impact on your family?

Little Ears Hearing Center, 1050 E Market Street, Louisville, is  offering FREE counseling and consulting sessions to parents of children with hearing loss, ages birth to 5 five years old.

Meetings are held by phone or Zoom and last through March 31.

Little Ears is part of Open Arms Children's Health, a Service of Home of the Innocents.

For more information, contact Dr. Shelley Moats at 502-596-1134 or 
smoats@homeoftheinnocents.org to get more information or visit  their website.  https://www.openarmschildrenshealth.org/little-ears/

Ideas For Activities At Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

This section houses resources and supports that families of children with deaf-blindness can use to help them navigate services and everyday life. Resources are also available to assist children to continue to learn while having fun. Please CLICK on the following link: Resources For Families of Children With Deaf-Blindness

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

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