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




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Next Chapter Meeting 
Saturday, November 9, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(Y'all Come!  Light lunch provided at 1:00;
Program starts at 1:30)

This Month's Program

Matt Goncalves, Marketing Director from the InnoCaption Corporate Office in Virginia, will be our speaker


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BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CELL PHONES FOR LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS or,  if you want to download the app now, click here
Meetings are free and all are welcome!
Membership is not required to attend

Free parking, refreshments,  assistive listening devices (ALDs), and a professionally-installed hearing loop   by 
Erin Nichols from Assist2Hear.
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If you would like to receive CART transcripts of any of our meetings, contact HLAAColoradoSprings@outlook.com

by Pauline Weiss, Social Committee Chair


November Social 
is Movie Time!

Watch for upcoming information.







We enjoyed our October chapter social, a tour of McAllister House & Museum on Cascade Ave.  This cool view of Pikes Peak is from the 2nd floor of the home.   We learned a lot about the early history of Colorado Springs. One interesting fact - this home burned coal in the fireplaces, not wood. Trees were about nonexistent in town in those early days. 

After the tour, we had a tasty lunch a block away, at Panino's.   - Pauline

Want to be more involved in the Chapter?  

Speak with any Board Member.  Or, you can  email us at  HLAAColoradoSprings@outlook.com
Funding for the Chapter!
Every time you shop online at AmazonSmile, they will automatically donate a portion of your purchase to our Chapter.

Set up your AmazonSmile account AND select "Hearing Loss Association of America, Colorado Springs Chapter.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile , select "Hearing Loss Association of America, Colorado Springs Chapter" as your charity of choice before you begin shopping.   Once selected, AmazonSmile will remember your selection.  Thereafter, when you log on, you  will see  "Supporting Hearing Loss Association of America, Colorado Springs Chapter" at the top of the page (under the search box).  
PS:  You can use your existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile (i.e., your Shopping Cart, Wish List, Registries, etc.), and other account settings are also the same.

**IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: HLAA national and many HLAA Chapters have their own Smile accounts, so  be sure you see "  Hearing Loss Association of America,  Colorado Springs Chapter ", and then select it as your charity of choice.  Otherwise, donations will inadvertently go to the wrong charity.




FREE HLAA Educational 
and 
Product/Service Webinars
Webinars are the third Wednesday
of the month

NOTE: TIMES VARY


Click here for more information

All Webinars are Captioned and Recorded
View archived webinars by clicking below


Chapter's Inclement Weather Policy...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

but, 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
or, you can check with us HLAAColoradoSprings@outlook.com


HLAA Unified Membership Program


Join or Renew 
With every new or renewed membership in HLAA,  the Chapter will receive a rebate!     
The yearly dues is $45 and includes the  Hearing Life bi-monthly magazine in print and digital format. If you prefer a digital format only, membership is only $35.  For the Chapter to receive a rebate, you must join/renew  online .  To join, renew, and see ALL the benefits, click here .  
Sign up for hearOclub using a coupon code online at hearoclub.comor by calling 833.LISTEN-2 (833-547-8362). Look for the coupon code in the email confirmation  when you join or renew, or in the HLAA New Member Packet which will arrive in your mailbox.  

Current members -  s ign up using the coupon code "HLAAmember" at  hearoclub.com.

Sign up for a 1-year hearOclub subscription and receive $30 worth of free batteries plus a battery tester key chain - a total value of $40, exclusive to HLAA members.

hearOclub is a hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service which delivers DieHard brand batteries on a set schedule (with free shipping!). 

News from National

Medicare and Hearing Aid Coverage - 
"Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act" 

HLAA is in the early stages of our strategy to get hearing aids and services covered by Medicare.    HLAA staff met with the staffs of two House commi ttees of jurisdiction in April to discuss their plans for considering these bills and how HLAA can be most helpful. While the issue of Medicare coverage is very much on the radar of both committees, neither appears ready to begin crafting proposals or scheduling hearings.   While there may be some initial congressional activity on the issue late in 2019 or early in 2020, it is unlikely that serious consideration of Medicare policy will begin until after the 2020 election.

HLAA has also been having conversations with hearing health care and audiology professional organizations and academics about Medicare coverage. HLAA has also been reaching out to the broader Medicare community.   Read more about Medicare Legislation introduced in the 116 th  Congress here

Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (H.R. 4056)

This legislation will enhance the Medicare benefit by providing beneficiaries critical direct access to both diagnostic and therapeutic services of audiologists.  Plans are to introduce a Senate companion bill.   Read more   here.
Hearing Life e-News  keeps readers up to date on the latest news and information on hearing loss. Each issue features high-interest content such as recent legislation and advocacy efforts, technology, new products for hearing loss, human interest stories, webinars, updates on the Walk4Hearing, Convention and information on HLAA Chapter happenings.
      
Also subscribe to the Chapter and State Development Blog by clicking   here.   To receive the blog, sign up on any page of the hearingloss.org website where you see this box: 

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When Chapter news is posted, it will appear in your email, no login needed..   Note : Even if you have signed up for the HLAA Chapter Blog in the past, you will need to sign up again on this new website.  
 
Both are free and are delivered directly into your inbox! 


Community News

HLAA-CS member, and audiologist,
Dr. Nichole Kovel, of Elite Hearing of Colorado Springs, was a workshop presenter at the October Senior Expo at Hotel Elegante. Here she is at her booth.  Joy Sieltz , another Chapter member, helped out at the booth also.

El Paso County ADA Title II 
Transition Plan

El Paso County is seeking public comment on its new ADA Transition Plan, which was presented to the Board of County Commissioners, in draft form, in a work session on Thursday, Oct. 24.  

HLAA Colorado Springs Members, Duane Gritzmaker and Vickie Pacheco, were invited by  ADA C oordinator, David Mejia,  to attend t he  County Commissioners'   Transition Plan Work Session.

To watch the  captioned video of the Commissioners' meeting, click  here.  To r ead the Transition Plan, click  here.

Colorado Springs' ADA Title  II 
Transition Plan

Phase 9: Sports Complexes

Public Comment period for Phase 9 runs through November 30th .  C lick   here   for more information. 
WHEW!  The End!
This new statewide coalition is a diverse group of individuals, government agencies, businesses, and organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal. They unite their personal, professional, and material resources to produce a specific change that they are unable to do alone.

The Mission Statement is, "To bring people together to promote, support, educate, and create consistent use of hearing loops in Colorado".   It's goal is to:
  • increase the number of quality hearing loop installations
  • increase the consistent utilization of hearing loops by venues and consumers
Visit "Let's Loop Colorado!" website  here.
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.

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  RockyMountain   Sertoma  H.E.A.R.S.  Program here.
  
For other hearing aid resources, click here

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!

Chapter Volunteers Needed!

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


 
Are interested in being more involved in HLAA-CS?  Please let any of us know.    Volunteering  can be a  one-time, ongoing, or as-needed basis.   You can also contact us by email at  HLAAColoradoSprings@outlook.com .     

Leadership Team
Vickie
President,
Website and Newsletter Editor
Duane
 Vice President


 
Joy
Secretary
Michelle
Treasurer


 
Geri
Welcome Committee Chair
Pauline
Social Committee Chair



Pat

Technical Assistant

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

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  

 



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! 

"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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