Information, Education, Support and
Advocacy for People with Hearing Loss 

2nd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm, (Sep - May)
Community Room, Gold Hill Police Station
955 W. Moreno Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Many thanks to Rick and Amy, Duane, Ann, Betty, Patrick, Dixie, Teresa, Pauline, and Bev for helping staff the HLAA-CS table at the ADARA Breakout 2016 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort March 16th-19th.  -Vickie 

Plan to attend HLAA's 2016
Convention  this June in Washington, D.C.!! 


St. Patrick's Day was not only for the 'wearing of the green' but the red and purple as well. HLAA-CS Chapter President, Ann Belfiglio, became an honorary Red Hat Society sister for the day at a Colorado Springs Queens Council hosted by the Delightful Dazzling Divas Chapter (five members of that chapter belong to HLAA-CS). 

Red Hat Society motto "Live, Love & Laugh" is tough if you are hard of hearing. Ann's visit was to enlighten the chapter queens about our organization, our mission, and provide them with information about hearing loss. A temporary loop was installed and headsets provided for those without tele-coils. The 50 ladies attending, most of whom were in their 60's-80's, were surprised by Ann's presentation.

There were many comments heard such as, "I didn't know that", "It really makes a difference in my hearing", "I could hear just fine if people didn't mumble" (my favorite), and "No one has ever talked to us about this before." There are not many harder environments in which to hear than 50 women all chattering in one room. The ladies listened so intently to what Ann was saying that you could hear a pin drop! From the old joke, "There's telephone, telegraph, and tell-a-woman", I'd call this meeting a rousing SUCCESS in reaching our community!!

New Game for Our Members 

Each month a Loop Logo will be hidden somewhere in the newsletter. It will look like this:

When you find it, send an email with your name and the location of the logo to For the remainder of the year we will tally the three earliest responders for each month. At our Christmas party in December, prizes will be awarded to the top three responders for the year.  We hope you will enjoy this little contest. 

HLAA conducts two types of webinars:  Educational Webinars, and the new Product/Service Showcase Webinars, which are by companies who wish to present a product or service to people with hearing loss for the purpose of introducing a new product or service and gathering feedback from participants. (Products/Service Showcase webinars are in no way to be construed as an endorsement by HLAA)
All webinars are captioned and will be recorded for playback later (with captions).  Webinars must be viewed on a computer; however, playbacks may be viewed on mobile devices.

Be sure you can access HLAA Webinar platform, Blackboard Collaborate, BEFORE a scheduled webinar. Read the document, Accessing Blackboard Collaborate for instructions.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:00pm - 7:00pm MST

Kathleen Cienkowski, Ph.D.

Successful Management of Hearing Loss Depends on Patient-centered Care

With rapid advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants, the model of care shifted away from patient-centered care to a medical model approach whereby the provider "prescribed devices" and did little else. Patients were viewed as a "hearing loss" rather than as individuals and were alienated from the decision making process. This presentation will focus on how to put the "patient" back at the center of patient centeredness with an emphasis on the empowering the patient to become actively involved in determining the management strategy most consistent with their preferences and values.

IC Fund Update

There will be no IC Funds grants awarded this year due to poor performance of the fund's investments. If next year yields better returns, grant awards will resume.

We continue our outreach efforts with a visit to Academy Christian Church in April. They currently have no assistive devices for persons with hearing loss. Hope to be successful in convincing them to invest in some!

Inclement Weather Policy - In the event of bad weather on the chapter meeting day, an email advising of cancellation will be sent no later than 10 AM.

Chapter Leadership Team

Ann Belfiglio - President
Vickie Pacheco - Vice President; Outreach & Technology Committee Chair 
Betty Cain - Secretary
Dixie Barnes - Treasurer
Patrick Going - Technical Assistant to leadership team 
Pauline Weiss - Loop Colorado Springs Committee Chair 
Pat Shook - Welcome Committee Chair
Teresa Miller - Social Committee Chair
Dianne Reitan - E-Newsletter Editor

Chapter News

May is election month for our chapter. Open offices are President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Betty Cain has agreed to continue as Secretary. Please consider volunteering to serve as an officer. Terms are for 2 years and require attendance at monthly board meetings. Step up to a leadership role now!

Please visit our website:   
  Questions, comments or ideas?  
 Gathering: April 9

Due to the unavailability of The Community Room at Gold Hill Police Station we will forgo our regular meeting. 

Instead we will gather on April 9th at Country Buffet, Citadel Crossing, 801 Academy Blvd. N, at 1 PM to enjoy their buffet at your own expense. Their party room has been reserved for our use. We will have a brief business meeting but no formal program. Hope we can use this time to get to know each other better!

We will not be able to offer CART captioning or looping for this meeting so if you have an assistive device that you use in group settings please bring it.

We look forward to seeing you  there!

Meeting May 14, 2016 - Erin Nichols, Assist2Hear,
will speak to us about looping.

The Walk4Hearing 2016 website is now live. 
Help spread the good word about the Walks!

Colorado Walk4Hearing

Registration is now open. Sign up and make your donation today! Then get to work on fundraising! Ask everyone you know to support our cause. The Walk is our main fundraising effort and supports our organization at local, state and national levels. Thank you to all who tried to recruit sponsors for this event.  Any chapter member who registers for our team, "The Springs Sweet Soles," will automatically receive a $25 donation from Duane Gritzmaker.  Thank you, Duane, for this generous offering of support!

Get your Chapter T-shirts for our Walk4Hearing team, "Springs Sweet Soles"  Just a few left - $18.50. 

Didn't get one of these in your Christmas stocking last year?? For sale NOW at the April meeting for $8.00!

Raise just $100 and get this cool matching 2016 Walk4Hearing T-shirt!

UCCS Renovations include Hearing Loops - reported by JAS (J. Adrian Stanley - March 2-8, 2016 edition of the Colorado Springs Independent).

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs reopened its Recreation and Wellness Center on Feb. 29 following a $16.3 million expansion and renovation project. Among the upgrades are two new fitness studios with sensors for those with hearing impairment which were installed by Laura Hansen, Assist2Hear.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the country's leading membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. As a member of HLAA you are part of an organization with a mission to provide information, support and advocacy to people with hearing loss. Through our advocacy work at the federal level, we represent 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States.  Click here for other membership benefits.

HLAA is honored to offer two types of complimentary
memberships for United States veterans. 

Ever wonder about HLAA's beginnings?
Read HLAA's History Highlights from 
1979 to the present.


This Week in Bethesda

Report from the HLAA national office in Bethesda, Maryland

Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle

Capital Banquet - 
Gael Hannan, Emcee, and Max Major,
Mentalist and Magician

Need Help Paying for Hearing Aids?

         HLAA Resource

Health Innovations Resource

Local Resources for Help 
with Getting Hearing Aids

H.E.A.R.S. -

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Audiology Dept. 719) 344-7126

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation -

Trimble Fund -

A.V. Hunter Trust -

Friends of Man -



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