JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017           212-769-HEAR

Tuesday, February 21st
What Audiologists Need to Know But Didn't Learn in Graduate School: 
Please Help Us Help You
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)
6-8 PM

Barbara Weinstein, PhD., Professor and Founding Executive Officer of CUNY Graduate Center's Doctor of Audiology Program (Au.D), and some of her doctoral students will discuss strategies  clients can use to help audiologists help them better. Barbara, who is also interested in creating Public Service Announcements, will lead a discussion about what HLAA members would like to see included.  
CART (real-time captioning) provided by Lauren Schechter of  TotalCaption .  
An ASL interpreter will be provided with five business days notice.
Current and Emerging Hearing Access Technology

From left to right: Jay Alan Zimmerman, Zachary Zimmerman, Richard Einhorn, Matt Kaplan.

On December 20, technical experts Jay Alan Zimmerman and Richard Einhorn, both composers with severe hearing loss, ably assisted by Matt Kaplan of Globetitles and Zachary Zimmerman, Jay's son and a senior at Cornell, dazzled HLAA-NYC with a presentation on how to cope with hearing loss in noisy environments. In addition to demonstrating the equipment they use, they talked about helpful apps and in-the-works technology that should make the lives of people with hearing loss much easier.
Although the attendees enjoyed the presentation, many requested clarification of some of the terminology and descriptive material. Toward that end, HLAA-NYC Board Member Ruth Bernstein compiled a GLOSSARY of apps and terms discussed by the presenters. App descriptions come from their websites. In some instances there is a charge for an app. Be sure to confirm before signing up.

 Enjoying New York : How to Make the Most of Hearing Access Opportunities in Our Cultural Treasures
From left to right: Ruth Bernstein, Lisa Carling, Lara Schweller, and Miranda Applebaum.
Ruth Bernstein, HLAA-NYC board member and secretary, emceed a program about making New York City's theaters, movie houses, concert halls, and museums more accessible to people with hearing loss. The first of three speakers, Lisa Carling, Director of the Theatre Development Fund's Accessibility Program (TAP), focused on captioned stage performances and the addition of induction loops and hand-held captioning devices to several theaters. Miranda Applebaum, Lincoln Center's Assistant Director of Accessibility and Guest services, described the Museum Access Consortium (MAC), a group of professionals who meet regularly to implement and strengthen means of making the city's cultural sites accessible to all. The third speaker, Lara Schweller, Coordinator of the Museum of Modern Art's Community and Access Programs, noted that MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the 9/11 Museum have assistive listening devices on public tours and induction loops throughout the facility. Lara stated, "We all share the same goal: To make our collections and institutions available to everyone who is interested in enjoying them."

"Listen Up" 
Saturday, March 11
9:30 am - noon
 Myrna Daniels Auditorium, Milstein Hospital 1st floor,
Ft. Washington Ave. and 168th St., New York, NY

You are invited to a morning of free public lectures on
 Hearing and the Treatment of Hearing Loss, presented by the Columbia University Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Speakers: Richard Einhorn, Dr. Justin Golub, Dr. Hae-Ok Kim, Dr. Megan Kuhlmey, Dr. Elizabeth S. Olson 
(audiologists, otologists, scientists and a musician who is a hearing aid user.)

No registration is necessary.  
CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) will be provided.

For Upcoming Chapter Meetings

March 21
  What HLAA Is Doing for You - National Board Members Reveal All
 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room C198
April 25
(Due to Passover, this meeting will take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month)
Cochlear Implants: Present and Future
Speakers: Justin Golub, M.D, Otologist/Neurotologist and Columbia University Assistant Professor; and David  Landsberger,  Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center researcher 
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Segal Theater
May 16
Hearing Aids
Speaker: Joe Montano, Ph.D., Chief of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center 
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Segal Theater

June 6
Hearing Loss Heroes: Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Muhlenberg Library, 209 W. 23 Street, Third Floor Community Room
Note: Programs are subject to change.

The Latest NYC Looped Venues

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically directly to the telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. 
Thanks to advocacy efforts by HLAA-NYC members, more and more venues in the metropolitan area are now looped. Click here  to see the updated list of looped sites. The list was compiled by HLAA-NYC member Ellen Semel, with the help of Alexandra Lutz, who in addition to making numerous telephone calls, visited many of the venues to confirm the loop's location and effectiveness.


From the Nederlander Organization
Gershwin: Wicked
Minskoff: The Lion King  
Richard Rodgers: Hamilton
Lunt-Fontanne: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

From the Shubert Organization
Bernard B. Jacobs: Bandstand

Lincoln Center
Vivian Beaumont: Oslo
Mitzi Newhouse: How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (starting 2/23)


Captioning that has long been required on television is also available at
  AMC and Regal theaters.

AMC offers CaptiView, a goose-neck device that fits into your seat's cup holder and displays all of the movie's dialogue in text. Regal provides Sony Entertainment Access glasses, which resemble 3-D glasses. Captions are projected onto the glasses, and appear to float about 10 feet in front of the user.

Next performance: Monday, January 30th
Broadway's Future Songbook Series - presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow - continues its twenty-sixth season on Monday, January 30th, in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street. Showtime is 6 PM and admission is FREE.
Produced, directed, and hosted by John Znidarsic, the evening spotlights the songs of Michael Finke, a New York based composer, lyricist, and librettist. Michael's work has been performed at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, the Laurie Beechman Theater, NYU, and many  other venues. He is a winner of the 2015 New Voices Project with Disney Imagineering and New Musicals, and has been the Lovewell Institute's musical director since 2007.
PERFORMERS: Emily Afton, Robert Lenzi, Laura Galindo, Rachael Duddy, Amanda Savan, Danielle Eden, Sarah Naughton, JJ Parkey, Christina King, Daniel Patrick Smith, Elanna White, Trey Wolfe, and Matt Wood.
For the fifth year in a row, the New York Public Library will provide captions.
To see the captions, just go to on your device.

Katherine Bouton
The Day I Lost My Hearing
Every year I observe the day I went deaf. My life changed that day. At first it seemed nothing but negative, a catastrophe. Now I see that it gave me an opportunity, a door that opened onto a new world. Read more of this post.
Shari Eberts
How to Make a Hearing Loss New Year's Resolution
It's the time of year for resolutions. I will be more patient. I will start a workout regimen. I will eat healthier food. You know the drill. Most of the time, the motivation for these changes lasts a few weeks and fizzles away. But this year, let's try something different. Let's make some hearing loss resolutions and stick with them throughout the year. Read more of this post.

Gael Hannan
A Tinnitus Success Story
As a recent inductee into the world of tinnitus, I am pleased to welcome guest writer Glenn Schweitzer whose new book on tinnitus will be of interest to anyone dealing with those unwelcome - and unceasing - bells, whistles, roars and whooshing playing in their head.  Read more of this post. 

Mary Whalen
Reflections on Being Deaf, Gray, and Italian on the Eve of My 70th Birthday
Do you every look at someone and try to imagine who they were as a child or young adult? Each of us has a story, with many chapters. In a few weeks I will celebrate my 70th birthday. For many of us, there are many versions of our "self" that include a younger version and the one we will always be in our minds. But time does pass, and the older I get the more I realize how important time is. Use it wisely. It is the ultimate gift each of us is given. Read more of this post.
  Nancy Williams
I Reveal My Hearing Loss . . . at a Piano Recital
When I went back to the piano in my early 40s, I decided not to mention my hearing loss to my new teacher, Stephen. I worried that Stephen would conclude that I was slow, out of touch, thickheaded, unlikely to realize my goal of reclaiming the piano. Yet my denial of my hearing loss would catch up with me, perhaps fittingly enough, in a packed hall during a piano recital. Read more of this post.

The Theatre Development Fund's Accessibility Programs (TAP) offers a membership service for theatergoers who have hearing loss or are deaf. TDF/TAP obtains special seating and provides captioning. There is no annual fee, but you must provide proof of eligibility. To see what shows are available - and to join - visit TDF Accessibility Programs .

Those who are hard of hearing or deaf, have low vision or are blind, who cannot climb stairs, who require aisle seating or wheelchair locations, who are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental or cognitive disabilities, now can find out everything they need to know to choose a show, buy tickets, and plan their trip to Broadway by visiting Theatre Access NYC. IS NEW WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION OF THEATRE 
April 19 2017
CHC provides a 5 percent discount on all purchases of hearing aids and FM systems (and a 15 percent discount of two hearing aids) by HLAA members.
In order to obtain the discounts, you must show written documentation of your HLAA membership. For more information, call the CHC appointment secretary at 917-305-7766, or email

As the nation's leading organization for people with hearing loss, we provide information, education, support, and advocacy for the millions of Americans
coping with hearing loss. Join online or download a membership form.

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