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Hearing Loss Association of Houston (Formerly SHHH Houston Chapter) PO Box 572091 Houston TX 77257-2091 Website!!: www.hearingloss-houston.org (Be sure to type the dash between loss and Houston) Note: The site is now the ONLY Authorized HLA Houston website and has no advertising Pop-ups. Best viewed with Internet Explorer Browser.

We are an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America based in Bethesda, Maryland.Website: http://www.hearingloss.org CHAPTER OFFICERS Co-Presidents: Teri Wathen: teriwathen@sbcglobal.net and Susanna Dussling: susannadussling@yahoo.com Vice President: Jesse Pettey, jpettey24@comcast.net Secretary: TBA Treasurer: Allan Ofield: ofield98@yahoo.com Newsletter Editor: Mary Honomichl: mmhonomic@comcast.net

March, 2009 Volume 10, Number 3

HLAA (formerly SHHH) is the largest consumer organization dedicated to the well being of people with hearing loss. We believe people can help one another, be helped, and participate successfully in society. Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves and those around us about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to help. To join the local chapter, please write us at the above address or come to one of our monthly meetings. Our meetings have the following facilities available to attendees: Real Time Captioner and Induction Loop System.

NEW Meeting Time & Place Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.!! We thank the staff of St. Luke’s for giving us this marvelous space!

We will be meeting at the St. Luke's Center for Counseling and Life Enrichment Center at 2719 Joanel (across Edloe from St. Luke's United Methodist). Their phone number is 713-402-5046. Directions: the Center is between Alabama and Westheimer and Edloe and Joanel facing Kipling street. The actual address is the back of the building. The Center faces Kipling. March 3, 7:30 pm: PIP meeting at Woodhaven Church, 9920 Long Point. Presentation will be ‘Internet Identity Theft’. March 7, 2009: All day Hearing Loss workshop at St. Luke’s Methodist church with Gael Hannan as the featured speaker! Flyer in this newsletter on page 3. Or you may register at www.stlukesmethodist.org . A great day will be had by all, and don’t forget the lunch is free, donated by an anonymous donor! March 14, 2009: 9:30 AM. Monthly meeting at St. Luke’s Center, location above. Program will be given by Susanna Dussling: “Dare to be Different!”; a Motivational & Inspirational message, and a true story of a lady and her 2 golden boys. They all overcame physical challenges to be Champions both in Life and the Show Ring. It is a story of hope, overcoming adversity, and big dreams. Susanna will talk about her two Arabian horses, "Megiddo" and "Chance" who were not afraid to go after their goals and aspirations, in spite of their physical disabilities. Furthermore, Susanna shares how she uses ALD's (a Personal FM System) to obtain her peak performance as an Accomplished Equestrianne. In other words, she did not let her hearing loss stop her from competing in the ultra-competitive world of Arabian Show Horses.


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Susanna currently resides in Houston, Texas. She is Co-President of HLA Houston. She also volunteers with Cochlear Americas. She is employed by Academy Sports and Outdoors as an Assistant Store Manager. When not at work, she enjoys being with horses and being in the outdoors. Susanna is also a "Toastmaster." In addition, has 2 program presentations scheduled at the National Hearing Loss Association Convention in Nashville, TN, June 2009. April 11, 2009: 9:30 AM. Monthly meeting at St. Luke’s Center. Program to be given by Lois Gibson, Forensic Artist with the Houston Police Department. Don’t miss this one! Lois Gibson is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Most Successful Forensic Artist." Her sketches have helped law enforcement bring in over 1,062 criminals. Her near-death experience as the victim of a serial rapist/ killer fuels her passion for catching criminals. She has received numerous awards for

stopping violent offenders and getting justice for innocent victims. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children. Her book, Faces of Evil was coauthored with renowned writer Deanie Francis Mills. In her spare time, Lois loves to do watercolors of scenery and portraits of her family. May 9, 2009: 9:30 AM-Monthly meeting at St. Luke’s Center. Chapter Board Meetings will be held on the Monday before the second Saturday of each month at 7:00 Pm. As always the board meetings are open to all. The board will meet at the St. Luke’s Center– the same place as the meetings. We do have an opening for chapter Secretary as Susan was forced to resign for health reasons. Please advise the officers if you can serve in this vital position! Saturday, November 7, 2009-4th Annual Walk4hearing at Tom Bass Park Section 3. Save the Date! Note: If you are a younger person & the cost of attending the national convention is an issue for you, there is help. Apply for the Rocky Stone Scholarship. Up to January there was only one application. Go to: www.hearingloss.org Click on ‘Convention’ on the left side, then on next screen, click on “Rocky Stone Scholarships to Nashville” for more information.


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(Editor’s Note: The following material is exerpted from a letter from Executive Director of HLAA, Brenda Battat, to chapters and chapter leaders, and show what your national HLAA membership is doing for you)

January in Bethesda ●We are preparing for the HLAA annual Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) training to take place at San Diego State University early in February. Thirty people applied, and 17 have been selected. The applicants are of very high quality this year and from diverse fields. The focus will be on HAT in the workplace and how to advocate for it. ● We met with the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) to prepare for an HLAA presentation at their annual meeting in AZ in February. Two thirds of the attendees will be CEOs of hearing aid manufacturers and the rest executive directors and presidents of hearing care professional organizations such as ASHA, AAA, ADA (association of Doctors of audiology), and IHS (International Hearing Society). Editors of professional hearing industry magazines have also been invited. Brenda Battat will present on HLAA and what is important in hearing health care for consumers with hearing loss ● The walk website is up with the new walk logo. Check it out at www.walk4hearing.org Florida is the very first of the 2009 walks. Their kickoff was on January 24th with 100 people attending. They have outreached to audiology students who are getting involved. More than 20 walks are scheduled for 2009. We encourage audiologists and hearing aid specialists to participate in walks in their communities, and have sent a promotional article on the 2009 walk to ASHA, AAA and IHS to publish. ● HLAA has been reappointed to the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee. ● Communication Services for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the FCC using funds that were appropriated by Congress last year for DTV outreach. The grant will be used to launch a national awareness campaign about the transition to digital television (DTV). The project is expected to last six months and CSD hopes to aggressively work with several other national groups and organizations such as HLAA, NAD, TDI, and others to reach America's 31 million deaf and hard of hearing people. For more information and updates, visit the CSD Web site at www.c-s-d.org. ● HLAA and other leaders from the hard of hearing and deaf communities met with members of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team. They presented a consensus document on the issues impacting people with hearing loss. The document will be on the HLAA website and available soon at the following site: www.change.gov/open_government/yourseatatthetable ● The Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill will be reintroduced this year by Rep. C. McCarthy [D-NY]. It is already picking up a lot of energy. Rep. M. Thompson [D-CA] who wears hearing aids and is on the key Ways and Means Committee and has come out in support of the Bill. ● Air travel is one of our priorities for 2009. A new easier to use online complaint form for airline travel complaints can be found at: http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/escomplaint/es.cfm When filing a complaint please be sure to include all the information that is asked for. We have received several complaints that are unusable due to lack of basic information such as flight number, airline, etc. ● HLAA supported the delay of DTV - with conditions. To read our position on this go to the HLAA website: http://www.hearingloss.org/advocacy/television.asp#dtvdelay We will be a subcontractor on the Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) FCC project providing a Help Center for consumers with hearing loss who are having difficulty with the transition from analog to digital TV. We will make sure people with hearing loss know about the Center, publicizing it through our online sources and in HLAA magazine and refer email/callers with problems. ● HearingLossNation is a non-profit online social network community designed specifically for HoH individuals between the ages of 18 and 35. HLAA member Patrick Holkins moderates the discussions for young adults. We have purchased the domain name for HearingLossNation. See more about this on the HLAA website. (Continued on page 5)


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CAPTIONED ENTERTAINMENT AMC Studio 30, Dunvale @ Westheimer Open Captioned: Not available at press time Check http://www.moviewatcher.com/jsp/amg.jsp to find titles and dates of OC and CC movies at AMC theatres. AMC Studio 30, Willowbrook AMC 24, Deerbrook 24, Katy Mills 20, Gulf Pointe 30, First Colony 24 also have Rear Window Captioning. Be sure to request the closed captioned show when you buy tickets. For listing of movie times check the Houston Chronicle AMC listings or the AMC website. Open captioned movies are shown as ‘OC and the Rear Window captioned movies are ‘CC” in very fine print.

Deerbrook 24: Hotel for Dogs-2/23 to 2/26 Gulf Pointe 30: Paul Blart:Mall Cop-2/23 to 2/26 Katy Mills 20- Taken-2/23 to 2/26 First Colony 24– not announced Willowbrook 24– He’s Just Not That Into You-2/23 to 2/26 AMC Studio 30- not announced Edwards Greenway Palace 24 , 3839 Weslayan, have also been showing OPEN captioned movies. They are showing the ‘OC’ in front of the movie that is captioned, so check www.REGmovies.com and input ‘Houston’ in the search field, or the daily newspaper for movie dates & times. You may link to the open captioned movies in Texas at : http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/opencaptionedsho wtimes.aspx#TX He’s Just Not That Into You-2.27 to 3/2 The International—3/3 to 3/5

Another source of captioned movie listings is http://www.fomdi.com/ You will need to input your zip code. IMAX @ Museum of Natural History-Rear Window Captioning- Anytime –Ask for the device at the door. Not all films are captioned so please ask before you buy tickets. Alley Theatre-615 Texas Avenue, For tickets to the Alley Theatre call the Box office at 713 228-8421 (voice) through Relay Texas. www.alleytheatre.org -Click on “Education and Community” on top bar, then click on “Programs for the Audience” then on “Access Services”. **Discounted tickets are available from Illuminations Arts: (713) 529-6910 Voice/FAX (813) 529-6909 TTY**. The last Sunday of every performance is usually captioned. Toyota Center: For non-Rockets events, captioning requests should go through Guest Services @ 713-7587230. They will make arrangements for seating and accommodations for the captioner. Thanks to Susan Henley of Allied Advanced Reporting for this information!

Broadway Series-see www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/ houston for shows at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Only one show of each performance is captioned. The TDD# for tickets is 800-755-6244, or phone (713) 6273570. Be sure to request tickets in the best spot to read the captioning. (Note: According to the website the first Saturday matinee performance and the second Sunday evening performance of each show are captioned. Please confirm this when you call to request tickets).

Theatre Under the Stars: Check www.tuts.com for details and ticket information. Single tickets are available at 713-558-8887 or online, or at the TUTS box office, M-F 9am-6 pm; Sat.-Sun 11am-4 pm. A.D. Players -Captioned Plays: ( www.adplayers.org ) Call the box office at 713-526-2721. 2719 West Alabama. Be sure you request a seat with the best view of the captioning bar. New Venue!!! Houston Family Arts Center at Barker Cypress and 290 plans to caption all its plays. The center, also known as Berry Center, is located at 8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX 77433 . The website and tickets can be found at: http://tickets.houstonfac.com/ ********************************************** (Continued from page 4)

●Attended the monthly meeting of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) – a coalition of consumer and professional organizations related to hearing loss issues. HLAA has been a member for over 20 years. The focus of the coalition for 2009 is 1) Health Care reform 2) Infant hearing screening legislation reauthorization 3) Federal appropriations. DHHA now has a website: www.dhhainfo.com Kareem Dale, liaison to President Obama’s Transition Team was an invited speaker to the DHHA meeting. He urged all disability groups to work together for change and to resolve any philosophical differences for effective outcomes. There is rumor that he will be appointed as the Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy – the first time ever such a position has been named. We worked with members of the DHHA to draft a document on Health Care Reform. The document includes the following foci: Access to Care; Health Disparities; Research and Development; Health Information Technology; Prevention and Primary Care; Workforce Issues. We also worked with DHHA on a letter to the new secretary of Health and Human Services to introduce him to DHHA and the issues we want him to address. These include: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Early Hearing Detection and Intervention; Awareness of Hearing Loss and Its Causes; Deafness and Hearing Loss Research. (continued on page 7)


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STAP The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) was devised to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain a specialized telecommunications device or services to facilitate access to the telephone system. STAP provides a voucher to eligible individuals that may be exchanged for specialized telephone equipment or services. Communication Axess Ability Group provides an equipment demonstration room conveniently located at our North Loop office. You may schedule an appointment by calling 713.807.1176 or you may e-mail the STAP Specialist, Chris Conway, at chris.conway@caag4.com .

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HOH Communication Axess Ability Group proudly offers Hard of Hearing Services (HOH) through a grant from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) - - Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. The basis for HOH is to eliminate communication barriers and to facilitate communication access through projects to expand or otherwise improve the provision of service to individuals who are hard of hearing, late deafened or oral deaf. To schedule a speaking engagement, seminar or conference, call 713.807.1176 or e-mail the Houston coordinator, Teri Wathen, at HLRS6A@dars.state.tx.us .

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Disclaimer: Mention of goods or services in articles or advertisements does not mean HLA Houston endorsement, nor should exclusion suggest disapproval. Please let our advertisers know that you appreciate their interest in our group.


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Hearing Loss Association of Houston

HLAA MEMBERSHIP Hearing Loss Association of America, (formerly SHHH Self Help for Hard of Hearing People Inc.), is a national organization headquartered in Bethesda, MD. You are invited to join the national organization. HLAA dues, payable annually in the month of joining, are $25 a year and include a subscription to the bi-monthly, award winning Hearing Loss Journal, which is always filled with interesting and pertinent articles on hearing loss. Renewals of National membership dues are billed directly by National HLAA.

(formerly SHHH Houston Chapter) HLA Houston Chapter is an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America. Please remember that making a donation to the Houston chapter does NOT automatically make you a member of HLAA. We encourage you to join both so you may receive maximum benefit from your membership. Membership donations are $12 per year for individuals, or $20 per year for a family, which includes a subscription to the monthly newsletter. Date____________________

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State___________________Zip____________________ Email:_________________________________________ Annual Dues: Individual/Couple/Family $35 __________________ Student $20 ________________________ Professional $50 _________________________ Non-Profit Org & Libraries $50 _________________ Corporate $100 ________________________ Make Check Payable to “HLAA” and Mail to: Hearing Loss Association of America 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Or you may join online by credit card at :

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A Web chat was held January 13. Our own Deanna Baker was guest speaker on CART and captioning. The February chat was the 17th. with HLAA board member and medical advisor Paul Hammerschlag, MD, FACS (Otologist/Neurotologist) who discussed "Medical and Surgical Intervention for Hearing Loss". To view the transcripts, go to the HLAA website. The March chat will be March 19th at 6 pm Central time with the host as Dr. Brad Ingrao who will discuss ‘Everything you wanted to know about ear molds but were afraid to ask”. ****************************************** Go Green! We have a number of members who receive our newsletter via email. If you would like to receive it in email please email the editor at mmhonomic@comcast.net with your email address.

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E-Mail Address:________________________________ Would you like your Email address added to the chapter group list on Yahoo Groups? Yes or No Would you prefer an email newsletter in place of the paper copy? Yes or No Would you like to include your above personal information in the membership directory? Yes or No HLA Houston Membership – includes newsletter subscription: Individual ($12) $______________ or Family ($20) $_____________ National’s Founder’s Day contribution (voluntary) $_________________ Additional Tax Deductible Local contribution – helps pay the newsletter and outreach expenses (voluntary) $________________ Total enclosed $________________

Make checks payable to: HLA Houston Chapter and mail to:

PO Box 572091 Houston, TX 77257-2091

Reminder: We welcome your donations in memory of , or in honor of, a loved one, or to commemorate any life event.


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Calendar: March 7-FREE Hearing LossWorkshops 9:00 am to 4:00 pm St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 3471 Westheimer at Edloe Houston, TX 77027 Register at www.stlukesmethodist.org/hearing March 14-9:30 AM-Chapter Meeting, program given by Susanna Dussling-”Dare to Be Different” April 11, 9:30 AM-Chapter meeting. Program given by Lois Gibson, forensic artist HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF HOUSTON CHAPTER MEETS ON SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, except for

June and December, at 9:30 AM., AT ST. Luke’s Center for Counseling & Life Enrichment Center at 2719 Joanel, Houston. The Center is across Edloe from St. Luke’s Methodist Church and is between Alabama & Westheimer , and Edloe & Joanel, facing Kipling Street. The actual address is on the back of the building. The Center faces Kipling.

HLA of HOUSTON CHAPTER PO BOX 572091 HOUSTON TX 77257-2091 VOLUME 10 NUMBER 3 March 2009


March 2009 Newsletter