Hello and welcome to our monthly
Florida State Board Updates!
- Peer Mentor with an Audiologist in Training! Inspirational Story
- Hearing Loss and Deaf Awareness Night with the Orlando Magic Success!
- February 7th - Veteran Hearing Awareness Forum
- February 20-21st - Gasparilla 8 On Your Side Health Expo -
- Volunteers welcome
- February 21 - Lakeland Hearing Loss Expo from 10-3 pm
- Raffle for a 7-NIGHT CRUISE FOR TWO!
WHAT ONE CHAPTER DID TO
MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Mentor with a Future Audiologist!
HERE IS THE STORY FROM THE MENTEE,
When considering the components of a traditional education, one quickly
realizes there are some missing pieces. Perhaps the most significant of these is
what we call “real world” or “hands on” experience. Today, it is often up to the
student to fill this gap and find their own well-rounded education. As an
undergraduate in the field of audiology, I felt this deficit most after my first year
in the program. I researched and found the best opportunity to grow
my knowledge of my chosen profession: an internship with the Hearing Loss
Association of America Sarasota/Manatee chapter.
My first taste of what the group was like came at their annual Hearing
Tech Expo, where I was assigned to introduce guest speakers and moderate
the discussions. Intimidating, yes, but this event became the spring board to a
fulfilling summer of involvement in nearly every aspect of what it means to be an
audiologist. Throughout the summer months, I assisted with research, helped run
special events, completed community hearing screenings, and was a mentor at a
luncheon for young leaders in the area. I even had the chance to shadow local
audiologists and observe a cochlear implantation from inside the operating room.
These are all things that local chapters of HLAA are able to connect students with
and I would not have had the opportunity to build my skills in so many areas were
I not involved with the Hearing Loss Association of America-Florida Chapter.
It cannot be emphasized enough how graciously the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee
chapter took me under their proverbial wing and gave me all theyhad to offer.
Most members of the association deal with their own hearing loss every
every, and they have so much knowledge and personal experience to impart
on students that is difficult to find elsewhere. Clinic observations and practicums
are irreplaceable experiences, but being out in the community and really listening
to what patients have to say needs to become just as important. There are very
few opportunities for undergraduates studying audiology to dig deep into their
field before graduate school, and I believe that widespread internships like
mine would create a new generation of well-connected audiologists.
Everything I’ve discussed probably sounds great to any future audiologist.
The even better part is that there is probably an HLAA chapter in your area.
All it takes is the desire to learn and there are others willing to help you achieve
your goals. After being turned down by many agencies that either lacked hearing loss
programs or had no interest in an uncertified undergrad, I found the
Hearing Loss Association of America Sarasota/Manatee Chapter
and had one of the best summer experiences I could ask for.
This is about far more than just building your resume. Student involvement with HLAA
means making connections with people and agencies that genuinely want to help
you succeed. In today’s world, this is invaluable to the dedicated students who work
hard through school so they can spend their lives helping others.
So I urge you, students, faculty members, and others, to
invest in your community and become involved.
The Hearing Loss Association of America has a
lot to offer through their local chapters
and we need to start
learning from them.
By: LeeAnne Browning
GO FROM DISABLED TO
Many people who suffer from hearing loss are unaware of what they are missing
out on. If they did not hear it - how can they know what they missed?
Even those who are aware of a potential hearing loss might feel they can get by
without needing help.
Hearing loss impacts all ages and knows no economic boundaries. One must use
listening devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants if they want to ensure a
message is continuously conveyed to the brain to process sound. Without that
message, the brains ability to process sound will diminish over time.
The amount of hearing loss can be a direct link to:
loss of a proper education, a job,a relationship, as well as
reduced mental health, depression, and/or a lower quality of life.
RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM:
If you pretend nothing is wrong you are enabling
the acceptance of a life-altering disability.
YOU can make the difference for yourself
someone you know.
Make a change
and seek help from a
professional audiologist today!
DO IT TODAY!
The Orlando Chapter
HEARING LOSS AND DEAF
WITH THE ORLANDO MAGIC
The first annual Hearing Loss and Deaf Awareness Night with the Orlando Magic
was held January 3, 2015 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The Orlando Chapter, along with others associated with hearing loss,were invited
to attend this special event.
Here is their story:
Our first Hearing Loss & Deaf Awareness Night with the Orlando Magic was truly an
opportunity to reach out to the Community and increase awareness about HLAA
and the support that is there to help others through their journey of hearing loss.
The Orlando Magic set up a special table that night for our group to display and distribute information. We were located directly in front of the entry doors to the
Amway Center, and visible to everyone attending the Orlando Magic game.
We had an opportunity to give out the business cards with the HLAA website
and information about how HLAA can be of benefit, which were designed and
printed for the purpose of handing out that evening. We heard various stories,
including a young man who said he had just started having hearing issues and felt
it was the result of the constant loud music he has been
exposed to over a long time.
This special event would not have been possible without all the hard work
that Maria Anderson, our State Coordinator, and our Florida Board State President,
Cynthia Moynihan, who with ourselves and others spent many hours
working on this Magical Night.
Merv & Bev. Daniels
HLAA -Florida- Orlando Chapter
TAMPA FLORIDA -
THE ANNUAL GASPARILLA
Expected attendance? 60,000 people over the 2-day event and HLAA-FL
has a table donated just for our use to advocate about hearing loss,
and provide Chapters the opportunity to recruit new members!
Local runners as well as people from around the State will attend the Expo,
which is in conjunction with the Gasparilla Distance Classic, a running event.
The Health and Fitness Expo will have professionals on hand to help individuals
make choices for a healthy life style, plenty of health and fitness products and,
of course, the latest running shoes and apparel.
Expo hours are Friday, February 20, from 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
and Saturday, February 21, from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact the FL Board at email@example.com
to volunteer and who knows...
you might be live on television!
Thank you to our Central State Chapter Coordinator and Florida
State Board Member, Maria Anderson, for making this
Maria Anderson has dealt with her own sudden hearing loss,
has bi-lateral cochlear implants,
and is a strong hearing loss advocate.
Click on the link below to see her "90 seconds of fame"
on television as she shares her story with others!
The Lakeland Chapter Invite!
ANNUAL FLORIDA HEARING LOSS EXPO
from 10-3 pm!
Click on the picture below to learn more!
SHORTEN THE GAP!
In loud environments with lots of background noise,
like a family get-together, move closer to narrow the space
between you and the person with hearing loss.
Conversations across the room, or from one room to another,
are difficult for everyone, and almost impossible for
someone with hearing loss.
Use their name, or lightly tapping them on the shoulder.
Wait until you have
established eye contact before speaking!
Speak clearly and maintain eye contact. Lip-reading and
visual cues from your facial expressions
help provide context and comprehension.
Televisions, vacuum cleaners, dishes clattering,
running water, loud music, and other noise can cover what you’re
saying, making difficult to distinguish your voice from the noise.
Keep the conversation clear by turning off or moving way
from loud distractions.
NO NEED TO SHOUT!
Speak naturally, in your normal voice. Speaking clearly and slowly
can help those with hearing loss understand what is said.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE:
Hearing and understanding require focus
and can take a lot of
Someone with hearing loss,
however, has to work
even harder to follow a conversation,
particularly in a group of people.
If someone does not understand what is being said, find a new word or phrase
to share your message, write it down and/or text it!
Sometimes a simple change of a word can make a difference.
"Hey - What about the New England Patriots? " instead of the team name,
try identifying the subject first..."Did you see the football game?
The Super Bowl?" When you receive a response that indicates they
understand the subject, then ask your original question,
"What do you think of the New England Patriots?"
The hearing loss person now understands the subject and, as such,
more likely to understand the question.
Our need to communicate with others is as basic as
our need for nourishment.
We feel validated and loved when
we are listened to.
If we feel ignored and shut out, we begin
to feel angry and resentful.
Seek support from HLAA members or visit a
professional audiologist to
explore options and keep communication alive!
When someone is first learning
how to use a hearing aid or cochlear implant,
it requires a great deal of concentration.
Be patient and, if necessary, take a break.
You can pick up the conversation again later!
RELY ON A PROFESSIONAL:
An audiologist is a certified Doctorate level of
education to understand
the human body and hearing loss and properly identify
what the hearing loss cause
There are cases where the medical reason has
nothing to do with hearing loss!
(Provided in combination with: Source: hearinglikeme.com/supporting/communicating/can-we-talk)
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!
SNOW BOUND? SAIL AWAY!
Everyone is Welcome!
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the newest ship in Royal Caribbean's awe-inspiring Oasis® class,
is a captivating adventure unlike any other!
ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES
will be available for all.
Bring your hearing friends and family!
CALL FOR HLAA DISCOUNTS!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF OUR GROUP RATE
Sale for 8 Days/7 Nights through the Caribbean!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 8, 2015.
Click here for additional information
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!
CONTACT GO TRAVEL AGENT:
Barbara Maher at
or our HLAA-Florida Cruise Leader at:
***REFER TO HLAA-FL CRUISE WHEN YOU CALL!***
THE FLORIDA STATE BOARD WILL RAFFLE A
CRUISE FOR TWO ABOARD
THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS
BEFORE AUGUST OF 2015!
TWO PEOPLE WILL BE JOINING
THE CRUISE BY WAY OF A WINNING TICKET!
MORE INFORMATION TO
FOLLOW BY FEBRUARY 9th -
(information to be provided
be emailed an on the State
Board website at hlaa-fl.org
Thank you HLAA-Florida Gainesville
Chapter Leader, Lynn Rousseau,
her GO TRAVEL agent,Barbara Maher,
for making the above cruise and raffle ticket
You are Invited!
SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA
HEARING LOSS AND
DEAF SOCIAL INVITE!
The HLAA-Florida State Board would like to invite to all Chapter
members,HLAA members,audiologists, cochlear implant
representatives and other
non-profit hearing loss groups to join us
FOR A HEARING LOSS AND
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
AT THE BEAUTIFUL
SAFETY HARBOR LIBRARY
101 2nd Street North,
Safety Harbor, Florida
SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
AND JOIN US FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!
email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
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
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: February 2, 2015
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