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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


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WEBINAR: MFi (Made for iPhone) and Telecoil Technology: A Winning Team
January 19, 2015
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Guest Speaker: Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D.
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us this Wednesday for a free captioned webinar featuring Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D., who will be presenting MFi (Made for iPhone) and Telecoil Technology: A Winning Team.

Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D. took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

Please join HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D. for an informative session on Made For iPhone (MFi), Bluetooth and Telecoil Wireless Technology. Learn where and when each technology can help you hear with hearing devices you already own. Looking to replace your instruments in the near future? Attend this webinar to learn what questions to ask of your hearing provider regarding wireless technology.

How to Join the Webinar
Go to the Webinar Schedule page and click on the Join Webinar button.
Java is no longer a requirement to access our webinar platform, Blackboard Collaborate, but there is a series of steps required for first time attendees; we recommend spending a few minutes well in advance of the webinar making sure you are able to access Collaborate. Should you have any questions, please contact Nancy Macklin, HLAA Director of Events, at nmacklin@hearingloss.org or 301.657.2248 Ext. 106.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Future Meetings

Folks. no meetings have been defined as of yet. We are taking this time to ask people for ideas and topics for upcoming in 2015.
Your ideas and thoughts are much needed as HLA-RI is about you and your needs.
Simply write down what you would like to see for a meeting as this will help us move forward to planning , scheduling and implementing and email it back to us at 
Thank you!
HLA-RI's steering committee

Captions at the Warwick Showcase!

FYI: Here are the instructions for the new Caption glasses located at the Warwick Showcase Cinema located at 1200 Quaker Lane in Warwick RI (This is not the Warwick Mall location!)

You need to ask for the glasses at the customer service desk. The captions are on only one lens so if you have a bad left or right eye tell them that so they will adjust the glasses so the captions project on your good side.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

November Meeting

Next Meeting: Saturday November 15, 2014   2:00 PM-4:00 PM

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

Topics:  Hearing Loop Technology

Come and learn about “Hearing Loop Technology” as this type of assistive listening device can be used in a variety of situations and venues.
Dave Abel, a person with hearing loss, is passionate and a user of  this form of assistive technology
This will be a “must attend session” as such technology continues to improve and is a welcomed addition to the wide range of assistive technology.

Be sure to attend and bring your questions!

There will be CART.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sailing Event ! 9/14/2014

HLA-RI is planning a free Sailing event on Sunday September 14, 2014 from 2-4 PM. It will be the Two Mast Schooner, the Aurora in Newport – out of Goat Island.  www.NewportExperience.com 

Details to follow soon but please mark your calendar. Also please respond to indicate you will be interested in participating in this sailing event. 
Please email to HLARhodeisland@aol.com to let us know that you are interested. Feel free to invite family or friends to attend. We need to have an idea of how many people who are interested.
There will be no cart as there is no narration during the sail.

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.





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.