The City's Voice for People 
       with Hearing Loss

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

Chapter Meetings
2nd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm, ( September- Ma y)

Community Room, Gold Hill Police Station
955 W Moreno Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

March 2019 Newsletter

Lunch is Served!
T hat's right!......  
          and it  is FREE!!

We will be serving a light lunch before our March meeting!  
will be your "ticket " to receive a meal, sooo,,,
PLEASE REMEMBER, you must RSVP no later than 
Tuesday night March 5th, 
or, just do it right now!  C lick here Lunch is at 1:00 p.m. Program starts at 1:30 p.m.

Spring means Chapter Elections! 
Chapter Secretary Position Open
Under the leadership of our Chapter Presidents over the last five years, I have seen the i mpact of our advocacy. This is an invitation to be part of the momentum our chapter leaders have established as we go forward.

The Chapter Board of Directors recently reviewed the Chapter Bylaws and Operating Procedures. The single biggest change is the way we elect our President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The continuity of Chapter leadership is better and these positions are more easily assimilated when we do not try to elect a completely new leadership team every two years. Therefore, the new Bylaws have been changed to elect the President and Secretary in May of odd numbered years for a two-year term and the Vice-President and Treasurer in even numbered years for a two-year term of office.

In May, 2019 we will be initiating the transition period electing a Chapter President and Chapter Secretary.  The Good News... Vickie Pacheco, our current Chapter President, has agreed to serve two more years. Pauline Weiss, our current Chapter Secretary, volunteered to serve this past year but would like to not serve two more years. Therefore, we need to elect a new Chapter Secretary.

As Vice President, and under the new Operating Procedures, I have the responsibility to Chair a Nominating Committee. I will be reaching out to several members to assist me on this committee. Our task will be to identify candidates for Chapter Secretary to be elected at our May Chapter meeting to serve a two-year term.

If you would like to be considered as a nominee for Chapter Secretary or would like to be involved on the nominating committee please contact me now at : or 719-649-9220.
Duane Gritzmaker, Vice President

Did You Know ??

Do You Have "Selective" Hearing Loss?  i.e., Why I can hear some sounds, but not others

AKA,  "I can hear, but I can't understand." 

As the graph shows, vowels and consonants fall in different frequency ranges.  
  • Vowels provide 80% of speech intensity

For example: "Th Pckrs dd nt wn th sprbwl." 


Without hearing vowels, it's not too hard to know, i.e., to discriminate, what is being said.

(Sentence is: "The Packers did not win the superbowl.")

  • Consonants provide 80% of speech intelligibility

For example - "I oe o o uis i y ae."


Without hearing consonants,  it's very hard
to know,  i.e., to discriminate, what is being said.


Can you guess what this sentence is?  At our meeting, we will tell you !


Have you heard the saying that we 

hear with our brains, not our ears?


 Here is an example:   When listening to a song and we don't know what the singer is saying, our mind fills in the blanks with what seems to fit the beat. 

For example, if you didn't know the words to our National Anthem, "and the toilet's last cleaning" may sounds just as correct in place of "at the twilight's last gleaming." While this example is particularly amusing, some people can go their whole lives believing the wrong lyrics.  What are some of your experiences?  

There is actually a word to describe this grammatical phenomenon - oronyms.  Oronyms are sequences of words or even complete phrases that sound similar to each other, and our brain employs them often - particularly with those who have trouble hearing.  Oronyms can be multiple words used in conjunction together to confuse the brain. 

There is a specific region of the brain (angular gyrus) that uses all previous knowledge to fill in gaps with predictable words. If you are missing whole phrases or even just the last syllable of a word, it is this section of the brain that completes the sentence for you without you consciously having to employ this method

If you hear the waiter tell you the fish of the day is "sal," your brain will fill in the missing "mon" syllable. Similarly, if someone says, "let's play it by hear," your angular gyrus quickly determines for you that you misheard the last word based on past experiences with the common phrase "let's play it by ear." 

Those who have trouble hearing rely more strongly on their angular gyrus to enable them not to miss out on any part of the conversation.


FREE Educational and
Product/Service Webinars

All Webinars are Captioned and Recorded   

Next Webinar is
Wednesday March 20th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST 

"Living Your Best Life with Hearing Loss"

  • Do you let your hearing loss stop you from living a purposeful, meaningful, and productive life?
  • Are you ashamed or embarrassed about your hearing loss?
  • Are you unsure how to handle your hearing loss at work/school, social environment or physical activity?
Learn suggestions on how to handle these situations successfully,   After this presentation, you will be empowered to live your best life.

Schedule and Recordings

HLAA Veterans  Across America  Virtual Chapter

Veterans with Hearing Loss -  Attend monthly online meetings the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. MST.  

To join the chapter and/or find out how to attend the online meeting, email Nancy Macklin at
Next Chapter Meeting
  Saturday, March 9th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Community Room, Gold Hill Police Station
955 West Moreno Ave., Colorado Springs

Meetings are free, and all are welcome. 
Membership is not required to attend

Free parking, refreshments, hearing loop, assistive listening devices (ALDs), and CART (live captioning) are provided.
This Month's Speaker

HLAA Member and co-founder of the HLAA Colorado Springs Chapter,  Sharon Campbell, will be p resenting her Convention Workshop Topic,   "Living Safely with  Hearing Loss." 
Take Note!

Geri  donated these colorful clipboards  for ease in taking notes at the Chapter meetings! 
Thank you, Geri!
REMEMBER - CART transcripts of our meetings are available!   They are posted within a week after each months' meeting. Click  here.  

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of bad weather 
on the day of a chapter meeting or 
event, an email  notice of cancellation will be
 sent out  two (2) hours prior to the scheduled event.   

Be Sure to Check Your Email Before You Head Out!

News from HLAA National

For Complete Information, 
Forms, and  Online Registration, click here

By 5.15.19
Member Individual
5 $329
5 $389
Member Couple
5 $479
5 $539
Member First-Timer *
5 $315
5 $375
Member First-Timer Couple *
5 $459
5 $519
Member Student
5 $200
5 $260
Non-Member Student
5 $235
5 $295
5 $375
5 $435

   Package Includes
  • State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony, Wednesday, June 19
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Thursday, June 20
  • Opening Session featuring Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Alexander, Thursday, June 20
  • Get Acquainted Party (GAP), Thursday, June 20
  • Research Symposium, Genetics and Hearing Loss, Friday, June 21
  • HLAA2019 Convention Walk4Hearing, Saturday, June 22
  • Unlimited entry to Exhibit Hall and Socials
  • All workshops, demo presentations and featured speakers
Daily Packages Available Also
HLAA offers complimentary registration  for veterans and their caregivers who are attending their first HLAA Convention.  
For Convention Schedule, click here
For Convention Hotel and 
Travel Information, c lick 
Communication Access 
at the Convention
HLAA  hosts  the most communication accessible event in the country for people with hearing loss . The Convention is a place  where it's okay not to hear well, to ask for someone to repeat . But when it comes to presentations,  you will hear more than you've ever heard before!

Hearing Loops -  All sessions and breakout rooms will be looped - just flip your telecoil on and you'll be "in the loop."

CART/Captioning Captions will be  displayed on the same screen as the speaker's presentation slides using technology called 1Fuzion, developed by 1CapApp. 



for Android phones
is a new accessibility service built by Google for the deaf and hard of hearing. Using Google's state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live Transcribe performs real-time transcription of speech to text on your screen, so you can participate in conversations going on in the world around you. You can also keep the conversation going by typing your response on the screen.

Down Memory Lane with HLAA-CS....

2014 at The Independence - Duane; Ann, Bob, Wanda, Mary, Pat F., Dixie, Chris, Pauline, Karen, Bev, Dianne, Leslie, Nichole

Celebrating HLAA's 40th Birthday!

Did you know that HLAA Founder, Rocky Stone, worked for the CIA??   
Read more about him here

Are you ready
for the Chapter Challenge 
at our next meeting?? 

Answers are found in this Newsletter!!

Mark Your Calendars - t's Time for the 2019 Colorado Walk4Hearing!!

Colorado Springs' Chapter Goal is to Raise $3,000

Click here to Learn More

Help Make HLAA-CS the 
Top Fundraising Team  for the 
Fourth Straight Year!

Join the HLAA-CS Chapter Team, 
Springs Sweet Soles

Support Our Team with a Donation
or  Sign Up to Join  Us!
Click   here , then click on 
"Register by Joining an Existing Team"

Start Your Fundraising Now by asking Friends, 
Family, and Co-Workers to Support You!

Click here to:

Read "Why We Walk"

Be An Alliance
Become a Sponsor

Walk Day
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Clement Park
7306 W Bowles Ave
Littleton, CO

Opportunity is Available for a Colorado Walk Coordinator
Contact Walk4Hearing Manager, Ronnie Adler

Need Help Paying  for Hearing Aids?  

If you are a U.S. citizen living in El Paso County and need help paying for hearing aids, find out more about the  Rocky Mountain   Sertoma  H.E.A.R.S.  Program here.
For more hearing aid resources, click here

Chapter Volunteers Needed!

Did you know that all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairpersons are volunteers, too?

Ways You Can Help:

  • Spread the Word about our Chapter and Invite others to come
  • Volunteer for a Committee or an Outreach Project 
  • Help with Refreshments, or as a Greeter 
  • Like to Drive?  We need carpool drivers for out-of-town Social Activities (cost of gas is split among the riders).  Let us know if you would like to be contacted when we have a need!

"If you want to go somewhere fast, go alone.  If you want to go somewhere far, go together"   Please let any of us know if you are interested in being more involved to help HLAA-CS "go far."   Volunteering  can be a  one-time, ongoing, or as-needed basis.   You can also contact us by email at .     
Leadership Team
Website and Newsletter Editor
 Vice President

Pauline, Secretary
Michelle, Treasurer

Welcome Committee Chair
Social Committee Chair


Technical Assistant
Lots of Chapter Pictures are posted on our Facebook page!  Click  here .  
Pictures courtesy of  Pauline , our Official Chapter Photographer!

Keep Up to Date with HLAA-CS!

"The City's Voice for People 
with Hearing Loss"

Click on  Chapter and State Calendar  to find  Events of Interest to People with  Hearing Loss  


Assistive Technology Available Here 

Is Your Venue Accessible to People with Hearing Loss?  

If not, HLAA-CS can  demonstrate assistive listening technology, and/or set up a portable loop.  Hear for yourself the difference it can make!    

For a list  of Public Venues, Churches, En tertainment Venues, and Retirement Living Communities with Assistive Listening Systems in the Colorado Springs area, visit the HLAA-CS Website and click on the "Communication Accessibility" heading.

HLAA, a 501(c)3, is the nation's leading membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss, and has local Chapters all across the country.

As  the nation's voice for people with hearing loss , our Mission is " to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support, and advocacy.   As a Member, you share in this mission.  Through our advocacy work at the federal level, we represent 4 8 million people with hearing loss Membership is $35 per year. 

For Membership Benefits, click here  
Membership for our Military Veterans is complimentary! 
Keep up-to-date with HLAA!  Sign up 
 for the  
for chapter and state news and updates.  
Both are free and are delivered directly into your inbox!  
HLAA  Walk4Hearing is the largest walk for hearing-loss awareness in the country. 
Every spring and fall, teams walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services. 

For more information on National and Local Programs and Services supported by this annual fundraising event, click here.

"Hearing Life" - HLAA's Magazine  for  Better Hearing -  Click here for current and past Issues

Become a member of HLAA  to receive the bi-monthly magazine,.  Click,  here  to find out all the benefits  of membership!

In Every Issue - readers look to "Hearing Life" magazine to provide them with: 

  • the  latest information on products, services, research, and technology in the hearing health care field
  • personal stories of people with hearing loss
    to find encouragement, and give them the feeling that they are not alone in living with a hearing loss
  • practical and useful information. "Hearing Life" magazine readers view this publication as a "lifeline" to help them help themselves and live well with hearing loss.


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