Hello and welcome to our
Florida State Updates!
- MARCH 7th - SARASOTA HEARING TECH EXPO -
A must see!
- MARCH 10th - BROWARD COUNTY CHAPTER HLAA
35th Anniversary Celebration
- HEARING LOSS AND DEAF SOCIAL SUCCESS with ALDA,
Alexander Graham Bell, NAD, FLAA and more...
- CONNECT WITH THE FLORIDA ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY -
SAY WHAT? SAY YES!
- LOOPING FLORIDA with Juliette Sterkins
- LAKELAND HEARING LOSS EXPO was a great success!
- WIN AN 8 DAY CRUISE FOR TWO? Count me in!
SARASOTA EXPO IS THIS WEEKEND!
SEE YOU THERE!
SAFETY HARBOR HEARING LOSS AND
Thank you John for sharing your story about this special event!
The Hearing Loss and Deaf Social sponsored by the HLAA-FL Board
was a big success at the Safety Harbor Public Library
on Friday, February 27, 2015!
It was the first reach out ever with a variety of
Non Profit Organizations.
John Prokop wrote a story about attending this
very special event and agree to let us share here:
It was really one of the best events
I have attended in the past few years.
I was glad I didn’t miss it.
Everyone from the hearing loss / deaf community was there,
including the organization and groups, who represent
and advocate for them. There was someone to warmly greet us upon
our arrival and name tags for all.
The food buffet table was amazing with something for everyone.
Sandwiches, meatballs, shrimp cocktails, cheese and crackers,
humus, dips, chips, fruit, and cookies and brownies for desserts.
Beverages were available (soft drinks and bottled water) and the
wine bar provided many excellent social lubricants.
The program started off with an “Ice Breaker” exercise to encourage
everyone to mingle and get to know each other better.
This was an excellent way to learn about other participants and gave
the opportunity to share what you learned about them to others.
The program then began with each guest speaker to
present the organization they represented,
followed by a short question and answer period.
All the speakers were interesting educational and enthusiastic.
It was a powerhouse of organizations, information and people all
gathered together at one time under one roof.
We had reps, leaders and members from
ALDA, HLAA, NAD, FTRI, FLAA, FCCDHH,
Deaf Literacy Coordinator, Alexander Graham Bell,
Sertoma, and Cochlear America.
Many of the speakers brought printed information about
their organizations, which was greatly appreciated.
Yes, I learned many things about these groups and organizations,
which I didn’t know before. They certainly accomplished their
goal of community and personal awareness.
We have come a long way, but we still have much to do to
make things better. It was most important to realize,
we are not alone and we have all these support groups,
service organizations and dedicated people,
who will help lead the way to change, through advocacy.
It was a great night for networking with the group.
Meeting the individuals who represent these groups and
organizations was priceless. I definitely made some valuable and
important contacts that I will be following up on in the near future.
One of the best highlights of the evening was participating
and listening to all the “sidebar conversations” going around the room. Listening to all those personal stories, experiences, challenges
and successes was something I just don’t get many opportunities to hear.
These stories can make us all feel like we belong to something
bigger than ourselves and validate that we are not alone.
Hearing Loss andDeaf Social: February 27, 2015
By: John Prokop
Thank you to everyone who made this possible, including, but not limisted to, the Safety Harbor Library, Resort and Spa and Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce. To all our HLAA-FL Board members who donated their time and energy and provided all the drinks and food to make this event special.
IT TOOK A TEAM TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN -
STAY TUNE FOR OUR ANNUAL SOCIALS TO COME!
THE HLAA-FLORIDA BOARD
JOIN BROWARD COUNTY
IN CELEBRATING HLAA 35th ANNIVERSARY
Please join us for a very special meeting on
March 10 at 3 PM!
We will celebrate the 35th birthday of HLAA and the
rebirth of the Broward County Chapter!
We need everyone to help us blow out the candles
and partake in our refreshments!
Charlotte Roth will share with us her memories of our founder,
Rocky Stone and the birth of HLAA.
Joe Dashiell, HLAA's Southeast Florida Coordinator will tell us about
all of the benefits of HLAA--I'll bet you'll find new ways to benefit.
We will have a rap session! So Bring your issues and concerns.
With our group, I'll bet you'll hear ideas
you never considered before.
Ask Peter about our Facebook page!
Free membership for veterans!
JOIN US AT THE
John Knox Village,
200 Lakeside Circle,
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
FLORIDA ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY
REACHED OUT TO THE
Dan Gardner, an audiologist and long time member of the Florida Academy of Audiology first contacted JoAnne DeVries, Sarasota Chapter Leader
and fellow State Board member. This soon lead to lead to a connection with several Board members and new windows of opportunity between FLAA and HLAA-Florida.
FLAA is comprised of over 600 fellow audiologists statewide.
With the team relationship under construction between FLAA and
HLAA-Florid, you will soon be able to connect with FLAA members in your area to recruit new Chapter members and connect with potential
Peer Mentor opportunities with their clients.
This is the very cornerstone of what HLAA strives for
through the Chapters and State Board respectively.
Thank you Florida Academy of Audiology for
reaching out to HLAA-Florida!
Dan was kind enough to share his own personal story as to why he sees the importace of helping those impacted by hearing loss
Dan Gardners Personal Story:
My university studies toward a Marine Biology degree were abruptly
halted by the U.S. Navy in 1969.
Instead of studying ocean life I was suddenly navigating river patrol
boats on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. One day an explosion blew out both my eardrums, blinded my right eye and temporarily blinded my left.
I suffered extreme sensory deprivation. My scuba diving days were over and my verve to study oceanography disappeared. Some would think
I was cheated by the events of Vietnam.
Instead, my life was enriched by
my decision to become an audiologist.
My left eye and left ear recovered with surgeries performed at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. I became friends with the
Navy Doctors and they taught me how to test hearing.
In between surgeries over the next year I tested other hearing impaired veterans. I connected with the patients. We laughed, joked
and shared our challenges. Most of us made the best of a bad situation.
I empathized with them more so than fish. So, I abandoned oceanography and earned a Master Degree in Audiology from the University of
South Florida in 1975.
My journey is not unique.
The advance of the Audiology profession occurred in 1946 after
World War Two veterans returned with damaged ears. Hearing technology has improved over the past 40 years since I became an audiologist.
Hearing aids are now extremely sophisticated. I know that because I wear them. Cochlear implants and bone anchored implants are improving the lives of hearing impaired people. Audiologists have advanced to earning
Doctoral degrees. The internet is a major asset to the hearing impaired. It enables consumers and their advocates such as the
Hearing Loss Association of America.
As a result of my hearing loss, I have acquired an extended family of employees and thousands of patients. They have enriched my life and humbled me. I am an advocate for those who suffer from hearing loss.
I want them to hear the best that they can hear and I hope they will continue to inspire me to be the best that I can be.
I look forward to another 40 years of being an Audiologist.
By Dan Gardner
700 SE 5th Terrace
Crystal River, Florida 34429
HAVE HEARING AIDS OR
BUT CANNOT HEAR AT THE
IN A BUSINESS MEETING
HAVE A BUSINESS OR
NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
EMPLOYEES OR CUSTOMERS
CANNOT HEAR WHAT IS SAID?
IT IS NOT A DANCE,
BUT A WAY TO HELP YOUR
Find out how a simple t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant
combined with "looping" can help you or
someone you know
WHY? Hearing loops, wireless systems that broadcast audio wirelessly to hearing instruments and cochlear implants equipped with telecoils, are
becoming more prevalent at theaters, churches and across the U.S.
thanks to the support of consumers, audiologists and audio engineers.
Hearing loop installations are most successful when the persons who use
hearing aids, audiologists and hearing instrument specialists, as well as
the audio-acoustics companies/hearing loop installation companies all team together.
WHO? Juliette Sterkens, an audiologist who has donated her time to travel nationwide and discuss looping, will provide practical suggestions about
how to forge the support in your area, and will share her advocacy materials (PowerPoint slides, handouts and PDF files of articles written for and by audiologists on looping) via Dropbox with each attendee, to help you be an educated hearing loop consumer and get your community in the loop!
THANK YOU JULIETTE FOR VISITING FLORIDA AND
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT LOOPING!
She was able to visit:
Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tampa and Sarasota!
LAKELAND CHAPTER HEARING LOSS
EXPO WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!
THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE LAKELAND CHAPTER TEAM FOR YOUR OUTREACH! IT TOOK A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT AND WE
CONTINUE TO RECEIVE GREAT FEEDBACK ON A JOB WELL DONE.
EVERY FLORIDA CHAPTER IS FINDING WAYS TO CONNECT WITH
THANK YOU TO ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO STAND BEHIND YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE IMPACTED BY HEARING LOSS.
ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
HOW ABOUT A HEARING LOSS SOCIAL ABOARD
THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS?
NATIONWIDE OFFER TO THE
HEARING AND HEARING LOSS ALIKE!
Come Hear the Sounds of the Caribbean!
Everyone is Welcome!
Allure of the Seas, the newest ship in Royal Caribbean's class.
It is is a captivating adventure unlike any other!
ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES
and CART will be available for all.
Invite your hearing friends and family!
CALL FOR HLAA DISCOUNTS AND TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF OUR GROUP RATE
This is an 8 Days/7 Nights through the Caribbean which will
depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 8, 2015.
for additional information
CONTACT GO TRAVEL AGENT:
Barbara Maher at
REFER TO THE HLAA FLYER WHEN YOU CALL
If you have any questions, please contact the HLAA-Florida Cruise Leader at:
Here is your chance to win a crusie for two!
THE FLORIDA STATE BOARD IS OFFERING RAFFLE TICKETS FOR A $10.00 DONATION PER TICKET. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN
THE 8 DAY/7 NIGHT CRUISE ABOARD THE
THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS
TWO PEOPLE WILL BE JOINING
THE CRUISE BY WAY OF A WINNING TICKET!
Thank you HLAA-Florida Gainesville
Chapter Leader, Lynn Rousseau,
her GO TRAVEL agent,Barbara Maher,
for making the above cruise and raffle ticket
HLAA- FLORIDA CHAPTER INVITE!
Chapters meet statewide once monthly to assist those in
the local community who are impacted by hearing loss.
This includes hearing family and friends.
Come socialize, listen to various guest speakers and
stay informed about the latest technology
available for assisted listening devices.
There are no membership
and/or hearing loss requirements to participate.
Simply visit with a desire to learn more about hearing loss.
Visit your local Chapter TODAY!
CHAPTERS ARE LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Sun City Chapter
South Palm Beach
Simply click on the location above to learn more,
or visit the Florida State Board website by clicking here:
for meeting dates, times and contact information
YOU can make the difference for yourself and/or someone you know.
Make a change
and seek help from a
professional audiologist today!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FLORIDA
YOUR WILLINGNESS TO ADVOCATE
MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN
THE LIVES OF THOSE
BY HEARING LOSS
Editor: Cynthia Moynihan
Date: March 6, 2015
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