About Us


We are under the umbrella of the national organization of Hearing Loss Association of America which is located in Bethesda. Maryland. http://www.hearingloss.org



HLA-RI’s primary function is to educate it members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss. We hold monthly meetings between September and June at which we may have guest speakers on a variety of topics relating to hearing loss. We may also have informal meetings where the members share their experiences and knowledge relating to hearing loss. We also have two socials a year as well.


We are able to provide CART –Computer Aided Real Time Captioning which is projected on to a large screen so that the participants can “hear what is being said in the meetings”

Some meeting topics include Accessibility, hearing aids, legislation, cochlear implants, tinnitus, captioning, relay system, assistive devices, state services, coping tips many more topics! We also have social events.


Before HLA-RI, many of the members felt isolated, found communication a struggle, were confused about technology, didn’t know their rights and hid their hearing loss


And now HLA-RI is a place to find answers, ask new questions, and meet people who understand. HLA-RI is a resource for information and friendship.

The monthly meetings are held at different locations within Rhode Island. To be placed on the email distribution list for notices and other important announcements, send an email to HLARhodeIsland@aol.com This email list is not shared with any organizations or individuals and each HLA-RI ‘s member is blind copied on each email.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Save the date! Dr. Beck Tinnitus presentation May 3rd



Dr. Beck Returns to RI to Speak on Tinnitus

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island (HLA-RI) will host the return of Dr. Douglas Beck to discuss tinnitus.  The program is free and open to the public at the Warwick Public Library in the large meeting room from 1:30-3:30.

Dr. Beck participated in the special full-day seminar last October providing an excellent presentation titled “Issues in Hearing, Listening and Cognition”.  He has agreed to return to RI to focus on the important issue of tinnitus. 

Often describing as ringing in the ears, tinnitus can be experienced as a variety of sounds.  For some it is soft and lasts for a short time.  For many, however, it is loud and constant.  Tinnitus is not limited to people with hearing loss, but it is a common issue for people with hearing loss and a growing problem among returning veterans. 

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is “the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present.”  The ATA estimates that 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus.

In the March 2014 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Katherine Bouton writes “there’s no cure for tinnitus, though plenty of people will try to sell you one.”  She highlights recent research efforts including Progressive Tinnitus Management.  She also reports that “the military has a vested interest in finding a way of alleviating tinnitus.  Almost one million veterans received disability payments for tinnitus in 2012.  It’s the largest single category for disability claims in the military.”

Tinnitus is a growing problem across all ages including children.  While the cause of tinnitus is largely unknown, there are known sources such as noise and ototoxic medications.  There is significant research being done to better understand the causes and develop treatment options.

Dr. Douglas Beck is the Director of Professional Relations for Oticon Inc, a major hearing aid manufacturer, and he serves as Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology, and he is an adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas...

Dr. Beck’s attendance is sponsored by Oticon.  Real-time captioning for the event is sponsored by the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Refreshments are 
sponsored by RI Relay.






                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                  

APRIL 5TH MEETING CANCELLED

MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED PLEASE ATTEND THE MAY EVENT!


Next Meeting: April 5, 2014, 2:00 PM-4:00 pM

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI

Topics:  Gael Hannon’s “Unheard Voices”

We will be showing Gael Hannan’s “Unheard Voices” DVD.

This is an excellent performance with a unique and entertaining view of hearing loss.  After the performance, we'll have a discussion about the characters and the challenges Gael has presented.

There will be CART and the DVD is captioned.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March and April Meeting Information

 March Meeting

When:  March 23, 2014

Where: Trinity Repertory Theater and Dinner after at the Trinity Brewhouse

The Play: Oliver!   2:00 PM
book, music & lyrics by Lionel Bart based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
directed & choreographed by Richard & Sharon Jenkins. This boisterous, high energy tale of the kind-hearted orphan boy is packed with familiar songs like “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself” and “I’d Do Anything.” This new Trinity Rep adaptation of the classic promises to have you tapping your toes and highstepping home!  With Stephen Berenson as Fagin.

When ordering the tickets, inform the ticket sales representative that you are buying for the OC performance .Captioning is provided by c2 captioning service.


Dinner to follow the play: Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain Street, Providence RI 02905. For those who are not interested in the play can join us after the play by meeting us at the restaurant.

April Meeting:  CANCELLED ! April 5, 2014, 2:00 PM-4:00 pM

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI

Topics:  Gael Hannon’s “Unheard Voices”
We will be showing Gael Hannan’s “Unheard Voices” DVD.

This is an excellent performance with a unique and entertaining view of hearing loss.  After the performance, we'll have a discussion about the characters and the challenges Gael has presented.





There will be CART and the DVD is captioned.



Thursday, January 30, 2014

Upcoming Meetings

Next Meeting: Saturday February 22, 2014 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
              Small Meeting Room

Topics:  Self Facilitated Discussion of Hearing Loss Issues

It has been decided that the format for 2014 will be a combination of self facilitated discussions of hearing loss issues and planned speakers. The informal discussion will give people an opportunity to bring up their own issues and have an interactive discussion.  Beth Wilson will help to facilitate the discussion so everyone will have a chance to share their experiences.
So bring your questions and thoughts.
There will be Computer Aided Real Time Captioning so that everyone can “hear” what is being said.


For the planned speakers:

May 3rd, 1:30-3:30, Warwick Public Library.  Dr. Doug Beck from Oticon  will be coming back to present on the issue of “Tinnitus”.

For those who attended the HLA-RI’s conference in October of 2013 had the opportunity to hear Dr Beck present on “Knowledge and Prevention- A Special Program on Understanding Hearing Loss”.  This was a very successful event!

Tinnitus is a common issue for most people with hearing loss so this will be a welcomed program.   Be sure to mark your calendar!

Dates and Speakers to Be Determined:
1.    Affordable Health Care Act and Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Insurance Coverage Issues.

2.    Hearing Loss Issues in the Workplace.

These two topics are being planned and details will follow soon.

If you have any topic in mind, please email to hlarhodeisland@aol.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Meeting

Next Meeting: Saturday January 18, 2014  2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
              Small Meeting Room

Topics:  Informal Discussion of Sharing your Experiences as a Person with Hearing loss

Since the November’s meeting was well attended and there was such an active discussion covering various topics. It was decided that the next meeting will be again an informal discussion where the participants will share their experiences or frustrations in dealing with hearing loss. People may be able to offer suggestions and solutions to your frustrations.

Again Beth Wilson will help to facilitate the discussion so everyone will have a chance to share their experiences.

So bring your questions and thoughts as this will be an interactive discussion.
Along with your questions and thoughts, bring your ideas for future topics and speakers.

One of the members is donating a $10 gift card to Dunkin Donuts so there will be a raffle for this great prize! The cost of the raffle is one dollar and the money will help with future programming !

There will be Computer Aided Real Time Captioning so that everyone can “hear” what is being said.




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

November Meeting

Next Meeting: Saturday November 16, 2013  2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
              Small Meeting Room

Topics:  Informal Discussion of Sharing your Experiences as a Person with Hearing loss

The next meeting will be an informal discussion where the participants will share their experiences or frustrations in dealing with hearing loss. People may be able to offer suggestions and solutions to your frustrations.

There will be no speaker; however Beth Wilson will help to facilitate the discussion so everyone will have a chance to share their experiences.


So bring your questions and thoughts as this will be an interactive discussion.

There will be Computer Aided Real Time Captioning so that everyone can “hear” what is being said.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Special Event! October 5th 2013 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick




Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island to Present
Knowledge and Intervention:
Special Program on Understanding Hearing loss


A day to leave our misconceptions and fears about hearing loss outside and gather to learn the best ways to understand and manage hearing loss from two noted experts in the field. It will also be an opportunity for all those who are interested in hearing loss to gather together and gain a better understanding of hearing loss.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00-3:30 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 810 Greenwich Ave Warwick, RI Continental Breakfast and a Deli buffet luncheon will be served. This event, including food, is free of charge.

We are fortunate to have two speakers who are very knowledgeable in their fields: Dr Douglas Beck of the Oticon Foundation and Dr. Kathleen Cienkowski, Professor in the University of Connecticut’s Speech and Hearing Department.

Intended audience: Persons with hearing loss, their families and friends, audiologists, social workers, speech- language therapists, early Intervention providers or anyone with an interest in learning more about hearing loss.

Learning outcomes: Participants will learn about causes of hearing loss and how hearing loss is diagnosed and treated, the benefits and limitations of hearing aids.
Participants will also learn their best options for getting hearing aids, how to make sure they are getting the correct device for their particular hearing loss and which sources they should be wary of.

Participants will also learn how auditory training and assistive devices may help them.

Schedule
9:00am -9:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00am- 12:00 Dr. Douglas Beck: Issues in Hearing, Listening and Cognition 
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon Buffet with time to visit exhibits
1:00pm-3:00pm Dr. Kathleen Cienkowski: The Benefit of Aural Rehabilitation
3:00pm-3:30pm Wrap-up

CART will be provided. Any additional accommodations must be submitted by August 30th


Registration Form


Pre-registration is required as attendance is limited to 75 participants 

To register, please email to HLARhodeIsland@aol.com with the following information. Each Individual must register:

Name:

Email address:

Please check below:
HOH:          Late deafened:           Deaf:                       Hearing:

Consumer:           Parent:          Professional:               (identify profession)

Registration deadline:  Friday, September 13, 2013. Email to HLARhodeIsland@aol.com

             CART will be provided. Any additional accommodations must be submitted by August 30th

You will receive an email confirming your registration



HLAA-RI wishes to thank the following for helping with the costs of this event










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