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

Friday, May 17th for the "Hear it Here Fair"
(scroll down for the flyer)

Bring Your Old  Hearing Aids  to  the May Chapter Meeting   (or to the Fair)
and we will Donate them to the  Hearing Aid Project

Chapter Meetings take a Summer Break for the Months of June, July, and August.  
Monthly Chapter Meetings Will Resume in September  

However, Watch for Our Summer Chapter-Social  Newsletters 
Next Chapter Meeting 

Saturday, May 11, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

Starts at  1:00 p.m.
(please  RSVP here by Friday a.m. 
if you can join us)

Program Begins at 1:30 p.m.
This Month's Program:

Sid Santos, CSPD 

Police Encounters 
and People with 
Hearing Loss

Mark Your Calendars!

It's Time for the 2019 
Colorado Walk4Hearing!!

Donate to Help the HLAA-CS Chapter Win
Top Fundraising Chapter in  
the State 
for the 4th Straight Year 
and we will RECEIVE $50! 

PS - our top competitors  are the Denver Dazzlers (HLAA Denver Chapter)
  • Make a donation to the Chapter, or
  • Donate to a Team Walker, or
  • Sign up to Join our Team and start your own fundraising!
The Colorado Walk4Hearing is  HLAA-CS' most important event!  Our  ONE and ONLY fundraising event for Chapter funds.   We have a very limited budget, and donations to the Colorado Walk4Hearing are  essential to support our operating costs.

GO, if you can
GIVE, if you can't go
GET, if you do GIVE!

HLAA-CS members 
who  register online  by May 11th and  donate $35 or more  will receive a  gift certificate    PLUS the Walk4Hearing  Smart Wallet!   The smart wallet is designed to protect your credit cards and ID, adhering to the back of your phone for easy access and convenience

Click here,  then click on  "Register by Joining an Existing Team" 

OR, just bring a check for $35 or more to the May Chapter meeting and receive the gift certificate  (make check payable to Walk4Hearing).

Individuals who raise $100 earn an official 2019 Colorado Walk4Hearing t-shirt!

Additionally, if you raise $500, you also earn an official  Walk4Hearing stainless steel water bottle!

You must attend the Walk to receive these incentives.

Thank You  to  Gleneaagle Sertoma - who  donated $500 to the Colorado Walk4Hearing .  HLAA-CS is very grateful for this generous support!
Colorado Walk4Hearing
WHEN: Sunday, June 9th

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Clement Park
Pavillions M & N
7306 W Bowles Ave
Littleton, CO
Click   here  to find out 
"How Funds are Used at the Local and National Level"  

Donations to Our Chapter

    also made a huge donation of   $500 
to the HLAA-CS Chapter.  THANK YOU!  
Thank you,  Sharon , for your donation of a  portable loop system  and a  Dry and Store Hearing Aid Dehumidifier;  and Thank you,  Pat, for your donation of our very own power strip for our audio/visual equipment!

HLAA Webinar

"Intro to  hearOclub"

Have You Ever Experienced a Hearing Emergency?

A seemingly simple thing like having your hearing aid or cochlear implant batteries die can have a far greater impact than what you might think if you're not prepared.

Tune in  Wednesda y, May 22 , 2019

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. MST.  Click  here

Congratulations to HLAA-CS Chapter member and our newsletter sponsor, 
Dr. Kovel of Elite Hearing of Colorado Springs, a 2019 and  two-time winner of the Gazette's  "Best of the Springs" for Audiology Practice!

Click on the image above and p ractice lip-reading skills by viewing her Facebook post ( without volume).  I think she also has the "best" readable lips, too!  - Vickie

Chapter Social Plans and Ideas
  • "Hear it Here Fair" - Friday, May 17th
  • Colorado Walk4Hearing - Sunday, June 9th
  • Putt Putt Golf as a Chapter FUNdraising
  • Sunday Afternoon Dinner at Juniper Valley Ranch
  • Paint Mine Tour
  • Movies; Hiking
  • Free-Pie-Wednesdays at Village Inn 
  • Guided Tour of Cave of the Winds
  • Coffee and Dessert at Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery
  • Zip lining, Parachuting, Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, and more!

Our Chapter Officers and Chairs are all volunteers.  We could not do what we do on a monthly basis without them: Duane, Pauline, Michelle, Stacy, Kay and Joy, and Pat.  We also thank our CART providers, Lindsey, and Diane, and our Newsletter and Website Sponsors, Dr. Kovel, (Elite Hearing of Colorado Springs) and Erin (Assist2Hear), respectively.  We also thank all our guest speakers, and all of YOU who come to our meetings!  See you all in the fall  -Vickie

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 no later than two (2) hours prior to the scheduled event 

Be Sure to Check Your Email Before You Head Out

Congratulations to Joy - our new Secretary!    PS:  And, thank you for your prior service as the Welcome Chair!

Vickie was re-elected as President  

Both positions are for a two-year term

Many, many thanks to Pauline, who served as Chapter Secretary  f or the past year!

Other Chapter Leadership Opportunities 
Committee Chair Positions
Welcome Committee Chair - Purpose is to ensure a warm and friendly greeting to people attending meetings
Tasks include:
  • Set up Welcome table and HLAA literature
  • Greet and sign in attendees
  • Send a Thank You acknowledgement to newcomers, as well as  to our speakers
Social Committee Chair - Purpose is to provide a social element outside of Chapter meetings to encourage fellowship and fun by planning periodic hearing-friendly social events throughout the calendar year

Tasks include:
  • Plan, organize, and conduct Chapter social events
Loop Colorado Springs Committee Chair - Purpose is to educate the community about what induction hearing loops are and what they can do for people with hearing loss, and to advocate for professionally installed hearing loops in public facilities

Tasks  include:  
  • Identify, coordinate, and set up temporary looping at community-event opportunities
  • Identify potential locations for permanent looping and initiate contact to explore looping possibilities 
Outreach Committee Chair - Purpose is to provide community outreach and education about HLAA and the Colorado Springs Chapter

Tasks  include:

  • Publicize HLAA-CS Chapter meetings and events to online calendars, and in other  publications
  • Distribute HLAA-CS Chapter flyers and brochures at community locations
  • Identify and coordinate potential opportunities for HLAA-CS advocacy in the community
Requirements for all positions:
  • HLAA National and HLAA-CS Chapter  Membership
  • Attendance of monthly Chapter meetings and periodic Board meetings
  • Connection to Internet and Email
These positions are appointed by the Chapter Board.  If you are interested in one of these Board positions, please contact Vickie  at  

Yes, there certainly are!
  • Chart the Chapter's course to achieve its goals for the next two years in a leadership position
  • Eligible to attend the HLAA National Conventions at a greatly reduced rate and to serve as the Chapter Delegate
  • Eligible to receive a Chapter Stipend to help offset Convention expenses

Cheers to 40 Years!!

"All Things Convention 2019 in Rochester, NY"

Tune in Wednesday , M
ay 15th

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST 

Join Amanda Watson, HLAA Meeting Planner, and Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, for this interactive webinar as they discuss the Convention,  answer your questions , and  tell you all about:
  • Rochester - the home of one of  the oldest and most experienced HLAA Chapters in the country, founded in 1984! 
  • The Rochester Airport which has terminal-wide hearing loops, as well as counter loops installed at key locations. There are also smart color-coded LED lighting in the gate areas to promote visual cuing  to alert all passengers of    
    important messages  such as boarding announcements or emergency notifications
  • The Research Symposium panel with world  renowned geneticists
  • The  latest technology and services  you'll find in the exhibit hall
  • The keynote address from the amazing Rebecca Alexander
  • The  50 Educational Workshops!
  • All the  fun events and entertainment  that is planned - including  HLAA's 40th Birthday Bash!
All Webinars are Captioned and Recorded

Click on Schedule and Recordings

Complete Co nvention Information
Forms,  and Online Registration  here

HLAA is pleased to offer 
complimentary registration for veterans and their caregivers who are attending their  
first HLAA Convention

Convention Hotel and Travel Information  here

Read all about it in the Hearing Loss May / June Issue coming out soon!

HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter

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 meetings, email Nancy Macklin at

And, Thor said, "I am going to pretend I 
can't  hear them!"
If you missed past Chapter meetings, catch  up over the Summer - CART transcripts are available!    Click  here .  

A Tool to Discover Quieter Restaurants and Voice Concern for Loud Noise 

Restaurants and bars are simply too loud which make conversation very difficult, and puts people in danger of  noise- induced hearing loss. 

Do you seek a way to  find out where the quieter spots are in your city?  A  free  app for iPhone called  SoundPrint  has been  created primarily for the hearing-impaired community by u sing the app's internal decibel meter.  You can  measure the actual noise level of any venue, which is then submitted to a SoundPrint database that anyone can access to find out if a certain venue is quiet or loud.

SoundPrint measurements is an  effective way to tell venue managers (and the Colorado Restaurant Association) that you and others care about noise levels and that they should mitigate the increasing din.

For more information, and to join the newsletter, visit  SoundPrint's website  and download the app. SoundPrint is only available for the iPhone but venues are searchable on the app's website

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



Committee Chair
Social Committee Chair


Technical Assistant
Lots of Chapter Pictures are posted on our Facebook page!  Click  here .  
Pictures are 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?  

I f 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, click on the "Communication Accessibility

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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