About HLA-NC and Local Chapters
HLA-NC is a state association of Hearing Loss Association of America, and it's focus is on state-wide advocacy and cooperation. All HLA-NC meetings are open to anyone interested in hearing loss. If you'd like to attend and get involved in promoting the interests of people with hearing loss, please email Steve Barber at email@example.com.
You're also invited to attend local chapter meetings where you will meet others sharing information about hearing loss and working on a local level to support our interests. See Local Chapters for more information.
Next State-Level Event/Meeting
If you are interested in participating in HLAA-NC, please email Steve Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For local chapter contacts and other information see Local Chapters.
The 2014 NC Walk4Hearing was held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Sunday, 19 October, 2014. Register and was a great success. Beautiful day, and a great turnout.
Below is a small slide show of the 2014 NC Walk4Hearing. See a Much Larger Version.
Start planning now for the 2015 HLAA National Convention.
Hearing Loss Glossary: Check out HLA-NC's Hearing Loss Glossary.
It's a work in progress, but if you want, you can help by submitting terms or definitions. If the glossary doesn't pop-up on the left of your screen, then you may have to disable your pop-up blocker (try selecting the link while holding down the Cntl key). If that doesn't work try this alternate link to glossary.
3D Model of Inner Ear: To see and interact with this 3D Model of the Inner Ear
, you'll need Shockwave and a reasonably fast computer. It may take a couple of minutes to load on a dialup, too, but it could be worth the wait.
These web pages provide news, information and paid advertisements for things related to hearing loss. None of these should be considered as product, program or service endorsements by Hearing Loss Association of America, Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina or the local chapters in North Carolina.
More About These Web Pages
These web pages have been tested to work correctly on recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and on Netscape 4.7 and later. The pages also work under limited testing on the latest Mac OS.
If you have any questions, problems or recommendations for these web pages, please email Steve Barber.
Free Blake Wilson Lecture: Blake Wilson, from Duke University, has made seminal contributions to developing the cochlear implant, one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. He invented most of the speech-processing strategies used in cochlear implants today, and has dedicated his career to improving the devices to better help those with hearing loss.
Blake Wilson has been awarded the 2015 Russ Prize from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his pioneering work in “engineering cochlear implants that enable the deaf to hear.” Blake shares the award with global collaborators Graeme Clark, Ingeborg J. Hochmair-Desoyer, Michael Merzenich and Erwin S. Hochmair, who together have profoundly impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired adults and children worldwide.
Blake will share the inspiring story of the development of the modern cochlear implant as the featured speaker of the Duke Engineering 75th Anniversary Lecture. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Pratt School of Engineering and School of Medicine, the lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus, followed by a reception. The event is open to the community, so please invite your family and friends. To reserve a seat, please email email@example.com by Feb. 26, 2015.
This is a rare chance to hear a lecture from someone who has changed so many lives for the better. See the Flyer and register for this event.
You're Invited: CapTel North Carolina is hosting a Hearing Loss and Accessibility Expo on Tuesday April 28th in Cary. This free event will allow participants to learn about the latest in technology and resources to assist with accessibility at home, work or recreation. There will be presentations as well as vendors available to answer questions about their newest services or products ... and a free lunch. See the flyer for more details.
Survey about Movie Captioning:
The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Industrial Design Department and the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) have worked together to improve the movie going experience. The point of this survey is to collect and understand Closed Caption users’ experience in watching films.
If you have used any of the movie caption options currently available in many theaters, you might want to provide your input to this effort to improve movie captioning. Participation is both confidential and vital. You can stop participating at any moment. Take the Survey. Thank you for your participation.
New Asheville HLAA Chapter:
A new local chapter of HLAA is forming now in Asheville, NC. The HLAA Asheville Chapter is an all volunteer non-profit that serves Asheville and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.
See This Flyer for details of our next meeting.
We welcome anyone who can attend our meetings. If you have a hearing loss, or care about someone who does, or if you serve or support the hearing loss community as a professional or volunteer, then please plan to connect with others who are sharing through presentations and understanding social interaction what they've learned about making the most of their hearing. Family and friends are also welcome. Learning how to be good at hearing loss is one of the most important things you can do.
For more information, contacts or to get notified of upcoming meetings, see our Chapter web page: www.nchearingloss.org/asheville.htm
Ready for Captioned Glasses?:
Captioned real life through Smart Phone apps displaying the captions via Google Glass is now a possibility. See this web site about progress.
Lets Loop Concord:
Rose and Michael Eury have gotten a great article published that encourages Concord to "get in the hearing loop". See the article.
Perhaps this article will inspire other local articles to be published and will lead to more loops in North Carolina.
How to Loop Your TV Room: YouTube has several great videos that provide great tips on how you can install a hearing loop in your own TV room. It's not really that hard to do, and it can make hearing the TV dramatically better if you have activated and adjusted telecoils in your hearing aids. All recent Cochlear Inputs do have telecoils, but like with hearing aids you may need to make sure your audiologist has activated them and explained to you how to switch into and out of telecoil mode. Here's a link to a very good YouTube video to get you started. Here's a link to see more videos on hearing loops. Some are captioned, and some may have usable automatic captions, so be sure to turn on the caption option if you need it.
National News Releases: Ever wonder what the HLAA National organization is up to? See the HLAA National News Releases see how important it is for all people with hearing loss to support or national organization.
Life Without Boundaries: Hearing Loss Association of America - Wake County is fortunate to have Chris Myers as a member. Not many people have a professional documentary about their lives, but Chris does. Click on the following link to watch this inspiring video.
Way to go, Chris!
If you've ever wanted to really understand how we hear you won't want to miss this video "tour" that is perhaps the best I've ever seen. Take time to watch it all; it's amazing.
ALD Locator Web Site: Here's a link to a web site that maps facilities with assistive hearing technology: http://www.aldlocator.com/. If you know of any site that is not shown on the map that provides hearing assistance technology, you can fill in an on-line form at that site to have them add it to their map.
Charlotte Chapter Posts Schedule for Year: See a Flyer showing upcoming Charlotte chapter meetings.
State of NC Job Opportunities: You can search the State of NC Office of State Personnel job listings at the NC Gov Jobs Web site for available jobs. There are often jobs available that require skills or experience related to hearing loss or deafness. Enter any term such as "hearing loss", "deaf", "assistive", or "interpreter" into the search field at the site to identify jobs that you might be interested in and qualified for.
Did you missed an earlier HLA-NC newsletter? You can still get them:
Invisible No More
Check out the article and program material that covers the "Invisible No More" theme that HLA-NC is using for outreach and education. Read the article. Download this or other presentation material at that link. You can adapt many for your chapter's programs or outreach.
HLA-NC Web Site Hits New Highs, AGAIN!: Activity increased substantially for the HLA-NC web site for 2013 continuing a 9-year trend since 2004 when statistics were first gathered. The chart below shows for annual results for unique visitors.
As you can see, we welcomed almost 217,000 visits, of whom 187,000 were unique visitors.