The November meeting consisted of a panel addressing cochlear implant experiences. The discussion was insightful and the Q&A provided vital information to attendees that may be considering CIs as well as those with CIs.
The panelists were Barbara Chertok, Anne Taylor, Debbie Hagner, Maria Anderson and Ed Ogiba. The Chapter thanks them for their time.
The 2017 “After Hours” schedule has been announced. The dates for 2017 are:
Tuesday, Feb 7
Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday, Sept 5
Tuesday, Nov 7
The meetings are at 6:00 PM and programs will be announced in Listen Up and by email flyers.
The evening chapter meeting is held at the Center for Arts and Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Center for Arts and Humanities is just north of and across from the Van Wezel entrance.
THE AFTER HOURS MEETING of HLAA – SARASOTA/MANATEE
After Hours is a Chapter Meeting designed for members and guests that cannot make a daytime meeting—and, of course, all members are encouraged to attend.
Refreshments’ and wine are provided. In addition to a guest speaker, there is always a question and answer session with mentors and experts to cover most concerns.
The next After Hours meeting will be March 8. The topic will be one of interest. Do you wonder about the four page ads for the hearing aids that make your hearing better than hearing folks? Are you amazed by the wrap around the front page ads promising the end of all of your hearing issues? Do you wonder how all the hearing aid companies can afford to run the full page ads every week?
SEPTEMBER AFTER HOURS MEETING — SEPTEMBER 13th — 6:00 PM
JUNE AFTER HOURS MEETING — JUNE 14th — 6:00 PM
Some seasonal members have headed back “up north” and the sun doesn’t set until 8:26 so we are combining the day Chapter meeting with the After Hours meeting on Tuesday, June 14.
The next After Hours meeting will be held at the Center for Arts and Humanity,
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14.
The topic is “Why don’t hearing aids work?”
Our presenter, Ashley Camblin-Toole, says– “One of the most common questions people ask me is, ‘Why don’t hearing aids work?’”
If you’ve been asking yourself this question or want to avoid being one of the many dissatisfied hearing aid users, come learn exactly WHY hearing aids don’t work!
Three decades of wearing hearing aids has provided her with invaluable experience and the ability to help many people with their hearing issues. She began her career as a means of improving her own profound hearing loss. She quickly realized a passion for using her own struggles to understand and improve the situations of others.
As always, social time before and after the presentation–products of Napa and Sonoma served.
MARCH AFTER HOURS MEETING — MARCH 8 — 6:00 PM
The topic will be one of interest.
- Do you wonder about the four page ads for the hearing aids that make your hearing better than hearing folks?
- Are you amazed by the wrap around the front page ads promising the end of all of your hearing issues?
- Do you wonder how all the hearing aid companies can afford to run the full page ads every week?
Mark Selis of All Ears Hearing Services will address these issues in “Truth in Hearing Aid Advertising”.
The meeting will be held at the Center for Arts and Humanity,
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A VERY INFORMATIVE NOVEMBER “AFTER HOURS”
Dr. Jack Wazen discussed the latest research on possible causes and the most efficient treatment options. Dr. Jack Wazen is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Sarasota, Florida. He also is on the Board of Directors of HLAA in Bethesda, Md.
Fifty Chapter members and visitors filled the meeting room and over half identified themselves as tinnitus sufferers. Tinnitus is “the perception of sound in the head or ears when no external sound is present”. Dr Wazen said “if the patient says the sounds are saying words, the patient is visiting the wrong doctor”.
Dr. Wazen’s presentation was mixed with some humor and real patient experiences. He pointed out that tinnitus is a symptom always with an underlying cause. He took the attendees through diagnosis protocol including neuroma. He discussed the effect of sound on the cochlea and how loud sounds cause hearing loss. He also talked about treatments and measures to alleviate the tinnitus’ effect on the brain. Dr. Wazen left time for questions and, as always, the “class” learned a lot from theses answers.
[Note—Dr. Wazen will be our speaker at the January Chapter meeting on January 13]
The next After Hours meeting will be March 8.
NEXT “AFTER HOURS” MEETING NOVEMBER 10th – 6:00 PM
The next meeting of “After Hours” will be a presentation on tinnitus by Dr. Jack Wazen. He will discuss the latest research on possible causes and the most efficient treatment options. The meeting will be at 6 PM on Tuesday, November 10.
“After Hours” meets at the Center for Arts and Humanity at 1226 Tamiami Trail, just north of Van Wezel on the east side of 41.
Dr. Jack Wazen is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Sarasota, Florida. He also is on the Board of Directors of HLAA in Bethesda, Md.
He left Sarasota in 1983 to build a successful Ear, Nose & Throat specialty practice in New York and spent 23 years as a researcher, professor and practitioner with Columbia University and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Recognized repeatedly as one of New York’s and America’s “Best Doctors,” Dr. Wazen is one of the nation’s leading authorities on hearing and balance disorders, pioneering new research that expanded treatments for people with single-sided deafness and complex cases of hearing loss. He also is author of the seminal book, “Dizzy”, providing new treatment options and hope for people affected by balance and hearing disorders.
A “can’t miss” meeting for anyone with balance, vertigo or dizziness issues.
“AFTER HOURS” MEETING – July 14, 2015
Dr. Lyndsey Nalu facilitated the “Rap Session” on July 14.
We had many members that are unable to attend day meetings and new visitors. Criteria for Cochlear implants were discussed as well as technological advances in assistive devices in restaurants and social settings. Some time was spent with each attendee discussing their hearing loss and experience with hearing aids and assistive devices. Dr. Nalu explained the cognitive loss that occurs with hearing loss and the need to keep the brain “trained” with downloads like LACE and “Read My Quips”. As always, wine and snacks kept the group lively.
“AFTER HOURS” MEETING – April 14, 2015
The Chapter’s “After Hours” meetings are designed for members and visitors who work or otherwise unable to attend the daytime Chapter meetings.
It is a great opportunity to bring a friend or spouse who is interested in improving his or her hearing or in better understanding the issues a person with hearing loss deals with everyday.
Adult refreshments are provided in an informal evening meeting get together. The next meeting is April 14 at 6:00 PM
“After Hours” meets at the Center for Arts and Cultural Alliance at 1226 Tamiami Trail.
The topic in April will be “Ototoxicity and Hearing Loss”, a discussion on how certain medications affect our hearing and balance system.
The presentation will be led by Tatiana Yero, PharmD, BCPP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, LECOM Bradenton School of Pharmacy.
The hosts are Trustee Dr. Lindsey Nalu and member Bob Leonard.
The After Hours Meeting of HLAA – Sarasota/Manatee
The After Hours Group is an evening group which accommodates working people and others unable to attend our afternoon meetings. Like our day sessions, the After Hours meetings feature an expert speaker but are a bit more casual with audience involvement, as well as offering more time for a rap sessions and social interaction. The coffee and cookies served in the afternoon are replaced by wine and cheese.
We meet at the Center for Arts & Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34236 (north of downtown between 12th and 13th Street – see map) at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each odd numbered month. For 2015 the dates are:
- April 14
- July 14
- September 8
- November 10
The meetings are designed to share information and experiences, and identify health care resources to help us open the world of communication for us at home, work and play. Each meeting also provides a brief recap of upcoming events and developments in the community.
COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS INCLUDING WINE & CHEESE!!
Location: The Center for Arts & Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34236 (Between 12th and 13th Streets)
Each meeting includes: Networking, Expert Speakers and Rap Session
Meetings are always free and open to the community. Individual mentoring and support sessions are available for anyone in need at no cost.