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Watch the Dec 2021 Meeting Video with

Mary Clark

What Does the Proposed FDA Regulation for OTC Hearing Aids Mean to You

  • Can they help anyone with hearing loss?

  • What are they intended for?

  • How much will they cost?

  • What WON'T they do?

  • What are the other choices?

  • How do I figure out what's best for me?

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Watch the Jan 2022 Meeting Video with

Camille Dunn

Cochlear Implants - What You Need to Know

Dr. Camille Dunn, Assistant Professor and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Iowa, gave us an update on cur-rent Cochlear Implant requirements, steps that need to be taken after it is determined if you are a candidate and the possible out- comes that patients can expect. Dr. Dunn  answered the following questions: What are the current requirements for a Cochlear Implant candidate? Have they changed recently? Are they expected to change in the near future? What is the process for getting a CI? What can one expect from a CI?

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Watch the Feb 2022 Meeting Video with

Dr. Douglas L. Beck Au.D

Hearing, Listening, Cognition and Amplification

Every person has his or her own unique ability to understand speech in noise. The factors which determine your ability to un- derstand speech in noise include your hearing, your listening ability, your cognitive abilities, your hearing aid(s) and more.  In this brief talk, Dr. Beck reviewed the key points which determine how well you can understand speech in noise.

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Watch the Oct 2022 Meeting Video with

Olivia Fadul

ABCs of Listening Skills for Hearing Loss

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Olivia Fadul presented 

"The ABCs of Listening Skills for Hearing Loss: Navigating after 2020". This program is aimed to provide research, life experiences and best practices for those living with hearing loss.

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Watch the Dec 2022 Meeting Video with 

Maria Jaunakais and Mary Clark

Cochlear Implant—the patient’s viewpoint

Maria and Mary shared information about cochlear implants (CI), but not the technology end, nor the manufacturer’s end, but from the user's point of view, and the initial steps in the process with the audiologist. Maria is an audiologist with Albuquerque Hearing and Balance who focuses on CI patients exclusively. Mary Clark is a lifelong hearing aid wearer who only recently qualified for a CI in one ear. Our speakers will trace the steps between “maybe?” to the appointment for surgery.

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Watch the Jan 2023 Meeting Video with 

Jamie Bogle, Ph.D

Vestibular/balance problems

Our speaker, Jamie Bogle, AuD, PhD, spoke about the vestibular system (also known ashow we maintain balance) and how it impacts dizziness. Specifically, in this short presentation, Dr. Bogle’s primary focus was discussing the common causes of vestibular system disorder (dizziness & vertigo). In addition, she discussed rehabilitation and medical options available to symptoms of vestibular system disorders.

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 February 2023 Meeting Video with 

Dr Norm Dawson

Hearing Loss and Dementia —The Connection

Have you ever wondered how hearing loss might affect your brain? Maybe even dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease? If so, then our February presentation is for you and the people in your life.  Our speaker will speak on his personal journey of deafness for most of his life and how he discovered the lifestyle choices he made to prevent dementia including hearing devices. He will also discuss some of his personal advocacy for equal access as a deaf person.

Dr. Dawson, a retired chiropractor of 24 years and now a community health educator, will provide invaluable information about dementia. The HLAA ABQ Chapter looks forward to this presentation and hopes you will join us this month.

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Watch the March, 2023 Meeting Video​

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Grief: Dealing With Hearing Loss

Presented by

Gloria Pelletier and Chelle Wyatt

Many who’ve lost their hearing feel profound grief for lost connections. Their world feels smaller. If you resonate with this, check out this video. The speakers in March were Gloria Pelletier and Chelle Wyatt.

 

Gloria is a Licensed Clinical Social worker anda Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. She is a trained therapist and advocate with over 30 years experience. From an early age, she had untreated and unrecognized hearing loss. It runs in her family of origin. When her hearing dropped so much that communication was not viable, it created much turmoil that she began her search for communication. With little or no support for the hard of hearing (HOH), she began her own research. Now she is sharing what she learned and how to achieve independence with hearing loss. She is currently working closely with vocational rehabilitation to find equipment and technology that allows her to continue to communicate with clients. The goal is to train anyone interacting with the HOH on strategies to treat HOH.

 

Chelle has worn hearing aids for over 30 years. For the first 17 years, everyone thought that hear- ing aids fixed her hearing loss, herself included—a common misconception. Hearing devices are great, but you must also learn to be proactive with hear- ing loss, find your tribe for support, and know the accommodations available to fill in the gap.

As a volunteer for the SayWhatClub and HLAA- SLC for 13 years, she learned new skills in various roles (SWC convention co-chair, Walk4Hearing co-chair, steering committee member, president, treasurer, and more). In the last year and a half, she helped found Hearing Loss LIVE!, which shares how-to podcasts, blog posts, and vlogs.

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Hearing Loss Travel Tips and Stories

Group Discussion moderated by

Norm Dawson and Mary Clark

Travel season is upon us. For many of us, this is an enjoyable experience. One gets to see different cultures, see loved ones and relax. But for individuals with hearing loss, sometimes this can be hectic and bring up anxiety. For example, navigating the airports or train can be stressful. How do I navigate communication at the airport or Transportation Security checkpoint?  Will I be able to hear the boarding gate announcement?  Will I miss our flight? If I am traveling alone or with a
group, what can I do to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience with my hearing loss? For May, our HLAA-ABQ’s program is geared towards having a rap session of sharing practical tips on traveling with hearing loss (e.g., airplane, car, cruise, train, navigating hotels, tours, and restaurants). We aim for this program to be one of laughter, camaraderie, and a space to share stories and learn from one another on the best ways to travel with hearing loss.

These are a few guiding questions we will discuss:

  • How does one travel with hearing loss?

  • What are the best practices and tips for traveling with hearing loss?

  • Are there laws and regulations that protect individuals with hearing loss?

  • What are some ways to advocate for oneself when traveling with hearing loss?

  • From past experiences, what have you learned from traveling with hearing loss?

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Watch the June 17, 2023 Meeting Video​

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Hearing Loss and Thriving in the Workforce

Presented by Dr. Cleese Relihan

Hearing loss affects more than the individual who experiences it. It can also impact how a person thrives in the workforce. According to the CDC (2023), about 25% of all workers have been exposed to hazardous noise. About 15%, or 37.5 million over 18, report hearing loss. For our June program, we are delighted to host Dr. Cleese Relihan, board member of HLAA Accessible, Inclusive Employment Taskforce, a Taskforce dedicated to supporting individuals with hearing loss by providing educational opportunities that teach how to effectively self-advocate and expand their career opportunities.  Cleese was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss at age three. He wears two digital hearing aids and learned to listen and speak through auditory verbal therapy. From kindergarten to his doctor- al program, he has always attended the regular classrooms with his hearing peers

Cleese holds a bachelor's degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, and he just graduated this past December with a Doctor in Education from the University of San Francisco. Cleese has worked in city government for seven years, two years in business development and five years in economic development.

 

Dr. Relihan will providee a brief background of disability history, legal rights, the disability rights movement, and helpful strategies and accessibility we can use in paid or volunteer work.

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Diabetes and Hearing Loss

by Dr. Norm Dawson

In September, were delighted to have Dr. Norm Dawson, an engaging speaker who talked about diabetes and hearing loss. He spoke about how diabetes and hearing loss can occur to- gether.

Hearing loss happens for many reasons. You probably know that it can happen as you age or if you spend too much time around loud noises. You may not know that having diabetes puts you at risk for hearing loss.  Managing your blood sugar is a critical part of your diabetes care. It can also help protect your hearing.  Diabetes can lead to nerve damage that affects many parts of the body, including your hands, feet, eyes and kidneys. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Low blood sugar over time can damage how the nerve signals travel from the inner ear to your brain. Both types of nerve damage can lead to hearing loss.  Hearing loss is twice as common in people who have diabetes as it is in people of the same age who don’t. Even people with prediabetes (blood sugar levels higher than normal but not high enough yet to have type 2 diabetes) have a 30% higher rate of hearing loss than people with normal blood sugar levels.

Dr. Dawson, a retired chiropractor of 24 years, and now a community health educator, provided invaluable information about diabetes and hearing loss. 

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