March 2023 Edition

A Tribute: Ron Haynes, Past President Of HLAA Kentuckiana Chapter, State Chapter Coordinator, Chair Of Resource Conferences

We were very sorry to learn that our dear former member, Ron Haynes passed away in January following several years of enduring the effects of a rare spinal cord stroke. Ron was a most dedicated and determined Past-President from 2007 to 2009, as well as the State Chapter Coordinator and chair of our Resource Conferences. He was a retired engineer with a laser-like focus on what needed to be done to benefit hard of hearing people across Kentucky. For over a decade he traveled with his dear wife, Jean, to Frankfort for KY Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing meetings to advocate and let our presence be known. He also nurtured chapter meetings in Lexington, Bardstown as well as Bowling Green where he assisted with their technology and programs. Ron and Jean gave generously of their time and skills to keep our Kentuckiana chapter organized and active. Every member across the state was known and valued by them as they put in the time doing their homework to grow the chapter’s impact statewide.
Always the consummate Yard Saler about Louisville, Ron knew the market value of just about everything vintage and antique. He knew the routes and what he wanted to resell as he was also a tinkerer of high order. He could fix mechanical things like clocks as well as refinish furniture and his own sales were legendary.
We knew that when they announced that they were moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina to be near family, our HLAA family would forever be in Ron and Jean’s debt-- and forever miss them.
Ron took notice of everything and always seemed tickled that I would show up for meetings right on time, he said, consistently five minutes late. True. But no matter how early I showed up, I could never equal the leadership, dedication, and impact he had. (Paula Esterle (Interim Co-Leader - HLAA Kentuckiana Chapter)). 

Obituary and Eulogy

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HLAA 2023 Convention - Register HERE!

We are pleased to announce that HLAA 2023 Convention registration is OPEN! Register HERE!

HLAA Showcase Webinar: Dialing By Picture - March 14 At 2 pm EST

There are several advanced features that make phone calls easy and convenient for people with hearing loss. This webinar explores one of those features. Please CLICK on the following link to register: Webinar

Hear This!

This blog shares ideas and information from HLAA’s Executive Director Barbara Kelley and other HLAA thought leaders on the importance of hearing health. Please CLICK on the following link: Hear This!

Cochlear Implants Changing Lives - In Honor Of International CI Day!

To celebrate International Cochlear Implant Day, we asked two long-time Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) members and cochlear implant (CI) users to share their personal stories with us. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implants Changing Lives

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Google Maps Now Includes Hearing Loops

Thanks to a joint effort by HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop (GITHL) program and Google, you can now use the Google Maps app to find out before you go if a hearing loop is available at a business or venue. Please CLICK on the following link: Google Maps Now Includes Hearing Loops

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids Now Available!!

Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids are now available directly to consumers, without a prescription. The FDA released its final rule, clearing the way for this new class of devices to hit the market. OTC hearing aids are designed for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss only. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: OTC Hearing Aids

HLAA IN Action - HLAA Promotes Consumer Protection in Comments for New Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Rule

HLAA filed comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed rule establishing Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids.  Once finalized by the FDA, consumers 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids at retail and online outlets. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA In Action

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KCDHH Communicator

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COVID-19 Update For Kentucky

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Tornado Disaster Resources For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Individuals In Western Kentucky

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Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

Governor Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system beginning July 26, 2022. All donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating. Please CLICK on the following link: Flood Relief

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