Private Eyes Now at Carmike

privateeyes copyThe Private Eyes Movie Club is taking a summer break but … whether “up north” or traveling or here in southwest Florida, you can try out the Sony Caption Glasses anytime and enjoy any show at any Regal theatre and most Carmike theatres including Royal Palm in Bradenton at Routes 70 and 301. Several other regional chains have now gone to Sony caption glasses. The Club expects to have a great movie choice at Hollywood 20 on September 24.

This summer, call ahead and ask if the theatre has the Sony caption glasses.  Even if they don’t, the call is a form of advocacy to let them know business will go elsewhere if they don’t provide this service.  If you attend and use the caption glasses, thank them—another form of advocacy.

Over 95% of all released movies are now digitally able to transmit captions.  ADA amending legislation is stalled as the National Association of Theater Owners say they can voluntarily comply with captioning. The industry has provided the ability to caption but the local theaters are reticent to invest.  Patronize the theatres that recognize that 14% of its customers need a little help in getting every word of the dialogue.

Ways to Improve Your Hearing

Do you know that approximately 48 million Americans have some level of hearing loss? In Sarasota and Manatee counties, there 135,000 people with hearing loss. That is 1 in 5 people. 14% seek treatment. Less than O.1% get support.

Most people wait 5 – 7 years before getting help for hearing loss. Family and friends often notice hearing loss before the person with hearing loss does.

Signs of hearing loss

* television is too loud

* requests many repeats

* not hearing the door bell and telephone

* fading away from conversation

* ‘jumps’ when you appear

Reasons for not getting help with hearing loss

*Denial – person with hearing loss will accuse people of mumbling

*Vanity – does not want to wear a hearing aid in case it makes him/her look old or feeble

*Cost – concerned about the cost of hearing aids.

*Stigma – stigma attached to hearing loss

Hearing Loss and Brain Size

Dr. Frank Lin and researchers from Johns Hopkins University, along with the Agency for the Aged, found that as we age, our brains shrink, and that the brains of people with hearing loss shrink more than those of people with normal hearing.

Untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia, falls, hospitalization, diminished physical and mental health overall. The sooner hearing loss is treated, the less risk of brain deafness and dementia.

Seek Treatment

Go to your regular doctor and get a hearing test. If there is a problem, the doctor will refer you to an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser. You will find out what kind of hearing loss you have and how you may be helped

Conductive hearing loss can usually be fixed by removal of built-up wax, a foreign body (such as a bug, candy paper in the ear). Audiologists can always tell if you have been using q tips, as the wax is pushed down the ear canal, becomes compressed and painful. The audiologists like to say, ‘don’t put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow’.

Sensorineural hearing loss (nerve deafness) is usually permanent and cannot be cured, but can often be helped with hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive listening devices.

Hearing Aids

We all want to wear the cute little in-the-ear hearing aids. However, the bigger the hearing loss, the bigger the hearing aid

Cochlear Implants

If you get to the point where you lose your hearing and hearing aids do not help any more, it may be time to check into a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device which can help provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf.


Hearing aids and cochlear implants are not like glasses. You don’t put them on and experience ‘20/20’ hearing. Hearing aids need patience, practice and programming. You need the patience to go back to the provider for programming until you get the sound and clarity that you can live with.

Communication Strategies for the person with hearing loss

Try not to bluff.

Hearing loss is invisible. Tell people how they may best communicate with you.

Sit with your back to the light, so you can see their face.

Choose a quiet table in a restaurant – away from the kitchen

Go to a restaurant at non-busy times     

Communication Strategies for the hearing person when communicating with a person with hearing loss

Get the his/her attention

Face him/her

Remove objects from your mouth (gum)

Try not to put hands over mouth

Speak slowly and clearly. Shouting does not help.

Speak directly to the person – not to an intermediary

Auditory Training

Train the brain to hear sounds it has not heard in a long time.

Training exercises can be found online.

LACE – Language and Communication Enhancement

Read My Quips

Assistive Listening Devices

Captioned and Amplified Phones (free for Florida residents)

Bed Shaker Alarm Clock

Strobe light fire alarms

Flashing door bell ringers

Hearing Aid/Cochlear Implant dryer

Captioned Glasses at Regal movie theaters

Hearing Loop Systems

Hearing Loss Support Group

Hearing Loss Association of America, where you will find support, education and advocacy. You will meet others with hearing loss, be able to share stories and help each other out by sharing information.

Helen Keller(blind and deaf author and political activist) said,

‘Blindness takes you away from things. Deafness takes you away from people’.

In this age of technology, people with hearing problems can choose to stay connected to people; to remain in this world of communication, not out of it.


You need not face hearing loss alone. Contact the local chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), where you will find support, education and advocacy. For more information, contact or call 941-320-8825

Anne Taylor is a bilateral cochlear implant user, a Gallaudet Certified Peer Mentor for the Hard of Hearing, Vice President of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)/Sarasota, board member of HLAA/Sarasota and of HLAA/FLA.


HLAA Names Ogiba As New Director of Chapter Development

HLAA news release header
March 20, 2014
Anna Gilmore Hall, HLAA Executive Director
(301) 657-2248
Hearing Loss Association of America Names New
Director of Chapter Development
photo of E. OgibaBethesda, MD: The Hearing Loss Association of America(HLAA) has appointed Edward F. Ogiba of Sarasota, Florida, to be its new director of chapter development with the primary charge of helping current chapters to grow and building new ones through strategic development, best practices and leadership training. The post entails providing HLAA’s state organizations and chapters around the country with the direction and support they need to deliver the organization’s acclaimed education, support and advocacy services to open the world of communication for those with hearing loss.Ed will join the HLAA national office staff effective April 21, 2014.Ed has a long career in leading the development of new products and advertising, working for many Fortune 500 companies, currently as the president of Group EFO and previously as an account director at Ogilvy & Mather.

He has served as president of the HLAA Sarasota Chapter for the past five years, been the HLAA Florida state chapter coordinator, and a Board member of the HLAA Florida State Association for the last two years. He is entering his fifth year as a Board member of the Ear Research Foundation.

In the last five years, the HLAA Sarasota Chapter’s membership under Ed’s leadership has grown significantly by offering a wider range of new education and support services, with a high-powered outreach program that has had the chapter averaging some six to eight meetings and events in the community each month.

Ed has been a local advocate for hearing loops and has been instrumental in drawing in more than 100 local theaters, churches and community venues in Southwest Florida to install hearing loops. The chapter was named Sarasota County’s “Best Cause” by SRQ Magazine in 2012, with Ed being pegged as the “Best Visionary.”

HLAA Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall commented: “HLAA is pleased to bring this kind of experience and expertise to our efforts to build robust, vibrant HLAA Chapters across the country. Because Ed comes from a chapter background, we know he will hit the road running.”

HLAA represents 48 million Americans with hearing loss by providing its members with the education, support and advocacy to live well with hearing loss. Many HLAA members profess that the organization and its many self-empowering programs have “changed their lives.”

Ed Ogiba, who wears both a hearing aid and cochlear implant and lost his hearing primarily due to a combination of military service and Ménière’s disease, is a case in point. He attests that “HLAA saved me from a life of isolation by introducing me to listening and communication skills as well as several assistive listening devices, all of which I desperately needed to return to a normal life and resume my career.”

About the Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. In addition to its extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country, HLAA produces the Walk4Hearing in 21 cities across the country, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions (Convention 2014 is in Austin, Texas, June 26 – 29), advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and conductseducational webinars. For more information, visit

Hearing Loss Association of America 7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 1200 Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-657-2248  |  Fax: 301-913-9413  |  Email:  |  |   Join HLAA

December 2013 Listen Up!

From the Table of Contents

2 Annual Holiday Party – Dec.11 Music, Food and Merriment

3 Chiropratic Care at November Meeting - Featured Dr. Z’s live demo

4 After Hours New Home - Rave reviews for new social venue

5 Reception Introduces Anna to Community - Take Back Your Life Reception

6 HLAS Announces New Dual Membership - HLAA + HLAS Memberships for price of one

8 HLAS Club Scene News - Movie, Theatre & Book Clubs

11 HLAA FeaturesWebinar - Sarasota Walk Team #1

Click here for the issue: 12-13 Listen Up

November Issue of Listen Up!

From the table of contents of the November Issue

3 Meet HLAA’s New HeadNov. 12 Reception

4 Chiropractic Medicine’s Role in Hearing Loss - At Nov. 13 Meeting

4 Communication Strategies - Nov. 26 meeting at new venue

5 2014 Expo At State of the Art Venue - HLAS event new home and name

7 HLAS Social Scene - Facebook passes 300 Fans

8 First Financial Venue in Florida With Loop - 95th venue Morgan Stanley

13 Sarasota Dream Team Passes $3000 in Donations - 77% to Walk Goal – 8 days left

Click here for the issue: 11-13 LU

HLAS After Hours

Hear Better in Every Hard-to-Hear Situation

6:00pm., Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Center for Arts & Humanities
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Featured Speaker: Joan Haber, HLAA-Sarasota Peer Mentor.

This session will provide basic communication strategies to handle the toughest hearing situations and understand your role in effective communication. Audience members will be encouraged to share their particular hearing challenges in a lively rap session. Our speaker will share communication tips which empower everyone in the listening situation to feel heard and understood.

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HLAS Meeting

HLAS Meeting

1:20 pm, November 13
North Sarasota Library

Feature Speaker: Dr. Stephen Zabawa

Dr. Zabawa will be addressing inner ear disorders such as vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus and explaining the link between these disorders and injury or trauma to the upper cervical spine (neck). He will be demonstrating his treatment technique on a chapter member so that everyone can see how painless and non-invasive his technique is. An Upper Cervical care examination can assess whether a patient suffering from an inner ear disorder can benefit from Upper Cervical care.

Special Guest: Anna Gilmore Hall, Executive Director HLAA

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