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September 6-Labor Day Holiday. Be safe! And stay cool! The longest, hottest summer is almost over!

Hearing Loss Association of Houston (Formerly SHHH Houston Chapter) PO Box 572091 Houston TX 77257-2091 Website!!:

September 11, 9:30 a.m. Chapter meeting at St. Luke’s. Olivia Bills, a Hearing Loss Resource Specialist from Austin, will be the featured speaker. She is also an artist and will discuss how her hearing loss shaped her life and her art. She had severe physical hearing problems and surgeries as a child with little to no success at ’fixing’ the issues. Please bring a brunch item to share.

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Note: This date is also the 9th anniversary of 9/11.

We are an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America based in Bethesda, Maryland.Website:

Sept 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm—Houston Kickoff Event for Walk4hearing 2010 at Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli., 2327 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston. RSVP to or call 713-774-3055 after 5 p.m. Invitations were sent under separate cover but if you didn’t get one please email any of the officers.

CHAPTER OFFICERS Co-Presidents: Teri Wathen: Paula Holzband: Vice President: Mary Honomichl: Treasurer: Allan Ofield: Newsletter Editor: Mary Honomichl:

September 2010 Volume 11, Number 9

Hearing Loss Association of America 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.

We meet at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in The Parlor Room. The address is 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Houston, TX 77027. The Parlor Room has an in-place induction loop system! Note Room Change!

October 9, 9:30 a.m. Monthly Meeting. October is our yearly business meeting and officer election time. Please consider running for office for the coming year. Speaker Pending. November 6, 8:00 a.m. Houston Walk4Hearing at Tom Bass Park, Pavilion #4, Section 3, 15108 Cullen Blvd, Houston. The Walk website is and select Houston. November 13, 9;30a.m.—Monthly meeting, speaker pending. Thanks to everyone who attended the dinner for Rep. Pete Olson for supporting the Hearing Loss Tax Credit. It was great fun and Mr. Olson was quite honored and pleased to be there. The next night we attended a completely different outing at the Comedy Sportz club. Thanks to Nabeel Keblawi for putting this together and standing by the ticket counter to make sure we were placed with the group. At least 70 people attended for HLA and ye Ed noticed the announcer was checking the readout on the CART screen a few times. Also kudos to Mark Klisingbury for the fast captioning.


Several volunteers gathered at Teri Wathen’s home on August 1 to address, stamp & seal the invitations for the Tax Credit dinner, and more volunteers gathered at Paula Holzband’s home on August 22 to prepare the invitations for the kickoff. Wow, we got a lot done in a very short time! Thanks to everyone! ******************************************** Academy’s new president, Pat Kricos, sees opportunities for audiology to move ahead On July 1, Patricia Kricos, PhD, took on her new role as president of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Shortly before her 1-year term began, Kricos spoke to The Ear Hears (EH) about what she considers to be key opportunities to advance the profession of audiology and promote increased access to patient care. She also discussed initiatives AAA is pursuing to address challenges facing the field. EH: What are some of the key issues during your term? Kricos: I like to call them “key opportunities.” One opportunity that I am very excited about is the joint initiative formed by the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Academy of Audiology, called Get in the Hearing Loop. A lot of people think that we’re only going to be advocating for hearing loops and telecoils. But when we say “hearing loop,” we mean being a part of something. The main thing we are going for is acceptability and accessibility. EH: Will the academy be continuing its support of the direct-access bill which would allow patients to go to an audiologist for hearing & balance diagnostic tests without first getting a referral from a physician? Kricos: AAA would very much like to see direct access. It’s not so much for our benefit as it is for our patients, because they have to go to two different people and get referred to the audiologist. We will continue our work with that. Read the complete article at :http:// Victorian%20July%202010%20Final.pdf

Thanks to Jesse Pettey for forwarding this article.

Hearing Loss Treatment: The Sooner the Better From Healthy Hearing, 8/2/10

You know the saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," right? It is a well-known fact that hearing loss is the third most common health condition (behind arthritis and hypertension) affecting Americans over 60. This doesn't mean that the day we turn 60, we wake up in the morning and can't hear. No. The process is gradual, progressive and quite insidious; some experts say it can start as early as in our 40s. This message is especially important to over 70 million baby-boomers in this country – folks who were born between 1946 and 1964. Many of them are healthy and active, and may not realize that their hearing has already started to diminish. Please see the URL above for the full article. Reprinted courtesy of N VRC News, 8/20/10 . Forwarded by Richard Caldwell *************************************************

Designing hearing aid signal processing to reduce demand on working memory Imagine two scenarios. In the first, you're a little late driving in an unfamiliar city (without satellite navigation), and you're on your way to an important meeting. In addition to looking for street signs, you are struggling to read a map to help you find your way. The heavy traffic is disturbing you. You accidentally miss your exit and must determine a new route to your destination. You are frustrated, and it takes a lot of mental effort to complete the task. By the time you arrive, you're exhausted. Now, imagine a second scenario. You're driving to work along the same familiar route you take daily. Traffic is flowing smoothly, and the trip is routine. While driving, you think about your weekend plans. Suddenly, you realize you've arrived at work. You've driven through the whole town without actually noticing how you were driving, and you arrive precisely on time while expending little mental effort. [snip] The above examples are analogous to different listening situations. Some listening situations appear effortless, while others demand much greater effort to understand what is being said. We know hearing-impaired people expend more listening effort in demanding listening situations. [HOH-LD-News] Volume 44 Issue 9, 8/28/2010


This Month in Bethesda by Brenda Battat, HLAA Executive Director (Exerpts) The July/August Hearing Loss Magazine has hit the mailboxes. The issue is about families living with hearing loss with a cover story about Jennifer Thorpe, an HLAA member, mother of five, who is the only one in her immediate family with a hearing loss. Other articles cover employment, hearing aids, and more. • If you do not already receive the free, online, HLAA e-News be sure to sign up on the home page at . It is chock full of the latest HLAA news and currently goes out to 30,000 subscribers. • We are working with members living in the fall Walk4Hearing™ locations to help them obtain local sponsors, prepare for their kick-off events and supplying them with support materials. • The “Get in the Hearing Loop” project is a joint educational effort of HLAA and the American Academy of Audiology (The Academy). The project steering committee, consisting of representatives from HLAA and The Academy, have plans to produce hard copy and downloadable support materials on telecoils, assistive devices with a focus on hearing loops, and how to advocate for hearing loops in a community. A webinar on telecoils is planned for September on Look for the promos in the HLAA eNews. ( also see note below) • A great deal of national HLAA staff time is spent representing people with hearing loss and HLAA at various government and industry meetings. Below is a sample of the meetings staff attended between June 21 and July 8, 2010. • June 24: met with the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to discuss access issues. • June 25: meeting with Apple, Inc., to discuss accessibility of their products. • June 26: Attended the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian to assess the communication access provided. • June 28: meeting of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) with the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau staff of the FCC. • June 29 – June 30: meeting of the Disability Workgroup of the Consumer Advisory Council of the FCC. • July 1: Phone conference call re: Access to 9-1-1, Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) of the FCC. • July 2: Phone conference call with Apple, Inc. • July 8: Phone conference call re: Access to 9-1-1, Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) of the FCC. (Continued on page 4)

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with the September Webinar, the HLAA webinars will require preregistration. Once a registrant is registered they will receive the link to join the webinar and will also automatically get a reminder the day before the webinar with the link. If the registrant does not attend the webinar, the next day they will receive a link for the playback. There is no charge to attend HLAA’s online seminars but registration is now required. So register today for the HLAA Webinar for September Register Today Sept. 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. CDT) Guest Speaker: Brad Ingrao, Au.D., a.k.a. “Doc Otoblock”

Topic: "Getting the most from your hearing aids with Real Ear Measurement" Detailed information about this webinar and Guest Speaker can be found at Information provided by Toni Barrient | Director of Member Services


HLAA recently filed these documents: • FCC- 6/29/2010: Comments regarding FCC’s Accessibility & Innovation Forum. • FCC- 7/6/2010: Supplement to Petition for Clarification & Declaratory Ruling on Caller Assistant Transparency. • FCC- 7/6/2010: Comments on Lifeline/Linkup & Mobile phone accessibility. • We reviewed the draft of a new AARP publication “A Financial Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Clients” to ensure that it includes information on the needs of people who have hearing loss. • HLAA national staff attended the first meeting of the newly-formed AARP Hearing Care Awareness and Education Advisory Board. Other board members besides HLAA are representatives from the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the International Hearing Society (IHS). The first meeting was introductory, setting short and long-term goals and summarizing what each member organization is already doing to increase awareness about hearing loss. AARP is a 39-million member non-profit organization. Its stated mission is; “AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.” In 2007, AARP decided to determine if there was a need for a Hearing Care Program. In their exploration they were surprised at the large number of people with hearing loss, many of whom were their members. They found there is a need to consolidate the information currently being provided by manufacturers, consumer groups, audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, and provider networks for their members. They concluded that there was a need for a hearing awareness and education program for their members. Their goal is for a campaign designed to bring increased attention to the health, social, and economic and emotional impacts of hearing loss while establishing AARP as a reliable non-biased source of this information in collaboration with selected nationally recognized associations involved with hearing loss, hearing loss prevention and hearing care. • The week of July 10, 2010, was a week of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was officially signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. The White House, FCC and Department of Commerce held a joint Access & Innovation Initiative that included a Technology Showcase with 40 exhibits. In his speech, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the FCC’s goal for telecommunications is that people with disabilities should be able to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere. The FCC produced a film of advocates for people with hearing loss talking about the history of the movement for equal access to telecommunications. To view the video go to Kareem Dale, special assistant to the president for disability policy, spoke of the fundamental right of people with disabilities to live with dignity. The Spirit of ADA …LEAD ON, which HLAA helped to sponsor, was an evening event held in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Council on Independent Living. Speakers included Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the Senior Advisory to the President for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; The Honorable Steny Hoyer, majority leader, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives; and the Honorable James Sensenbrenner, U.S. House of Representatives. Master of ceremonies was the Honorable Tony Coelho and U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy also spoke. Music for dancing was provided by FLAME, a rock band from New York made up of 11 people with disabilities. The Justice for All Advocacy Network (JFAAN) – a coalition of cross-disability organizations led by people with disabilities, held a meeting during the ADA festivities. HLAA is a member of JFAAN. The coalition put together an agenda of national advocacy issues that we will work on as a group. On the agenda for people with hearing loss is the Hearing Aid Tax Credit legislation; reauthorization of the Infant Hearing Screening Bill; and the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) proposed bills to ensure access to Internet content through captioning and hearing aid compatibility 8/6/2010, posted by Brenda Battat


CAPTIONED ENTERTAINMENT Check 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.

Note: AMC is no longer listing the upcoming captioned films on their main website. Now you have to check each theatre individually to locate the time of any films! 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 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 : wtimes.aspx#TX

Another source of captioned movie listings is You will need to input your zip code. New source for captioned movies:-go to and click on ‘change Search” Button. Then enter your city and state & click ‘Go’. 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. -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**. Captions are provided at the Saturday matinee performance during the preview week. 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.

Theatre Under the Stars: Check 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.

Broadway Series-see 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. Please confirm this when you call to request tickets). A.D. Players -Captioned Plays: ( ) 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. 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:// **********************************************

Go Green! We have a number of members who receive our newsletter via email. If you would like to receive it in email instead of paper format, please email the editor at with your email address. ********************************************** The Chuckle Corner

Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?" Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doctor, 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'" The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said you got a heart murmer and be careful." At the Salon I overheard the receptionist admit to another customer, "I haven't taken my vitamins today. I'm walking around unprotected." The customer commiserated with her, but then added, "I haven't taken my Prozac today—everyone's walking around unprotected." taken from :

Have you checked out CaptionFish lately? The website had a makeover in mid-May and there are new things to discover. will show you the theater, movies and times playing for the next few days within a 60 mile radius of your location—which can be changed if you are traveling. It also shows whether they are open captioned or rear window captioned. You can check the list of captioned movies to be released in the near future.


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, Ray Wathen, at

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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 .


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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. Name_________________________________________

(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 for the Houston chapter 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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City__________________State________Zip______ City___________________________________________ State___________________Zip____________________ Email:_________________________________________ Annual Dues: Individual $35.00 _________________ Couple/Family $45 __________________ Student $20 ________________________ Professional $60 _________________________ (Benefits include being in the online catalog) Non-Profit Org & Libraries $50 _________________ Corporate $300 ________________________ (with upgraded benefits) Check benefits for each level at

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Make Check Payable to “HLAA” and Mail to: Hearing Loss Association of America 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200 Bethesda, MD 20814

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

Or you may join online by credit card at :

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 $________________ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Mental Health Issue See the link below, which is the first on-line publishing of "Hearing Loss: A Threat to Mental Health". nsltr/hln/v44/i4.htm Information supplied by Jesse Pettey

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.


Calendar: September 6, Labor Day Holiday September 11, 9:30 a.m; Monthly Meeting, Olivia Bills, Speaker September 25, Kickoff for Walk4Hearing at Kenny & Ziggy’s October 9, 9:30 a.m. Monthly Meeting November 6, 8:00 a.m.-Walk4Hearing at Tom Bass Park November 13, 9:30 a.m. Monthly Meeting Attention: New meeting room at the church in the Parlor Room! 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 United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Houston, TX 77027. Now in the Parlor Room. Park behind the church and walk through the fenced garden. We will try to have a sign pointing the way.

HLA of HOUSTON CHAPTER PO BOX 572091 HOUSTON TX 77257-2091 VOLUME 11 NUMBER 9 September 2010

September 2010 Newsletter  

Monthly Hearing Loss Association of Houston Newsletter