Upcoming Meeting Preview – 

Wednesday, February 13th at Noon

TOPIC: “Ten Communication Strategies to Use When Listening & Talking” 

SPEAKER: Beth Reckord is a member of the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter Board as well as a member of the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Beth Reckord is a Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She acquired certification from AG Bell Academy and became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) and Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). She holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Pennsylvania State University. 

Whether you use hearing aids, a cochlear implant or you simply have mild, untreated hearing loss, learning new communication strategies is a great idea. Communication strategies can ameliorate the frustrating or isolating effects of missing out on or misinterpreting conversations and can help you make meaningful connections with others. Beth’s experience and recommendations can be valuable to all who attend. 

LUNCH AND LEARN

WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.  

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

 

        

Wednesday, January 9th at Noon

“Medications and Hearing Loss” is the topic of our first meeting of the New Year.
Dr. Jeff Carlen will be our speaker. He is a graduate of Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy with 38 years of experience as a retail pharmacist. He is currently licensed to practice pharmacy in Alabama and Florida and has held management leadership and operations roles for several retail-grocery pharmacy companies.

Jeff is also a licensed pharmacist immunizer. His passions include patient and professional education, including training professionals to meet the needs of consumers in a community practice setting.

“LUNCH AND LEARN WITH HLAA”

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

Wednesday, DECEMBER 12, at NOON

Our annual “Holiday Party” will feature BETTY COMORA, a versatile entertainer who enjoys performing as vocalist, pianist/vocalist, and rhythm banjoist. After performing with wedding and top forty bands, today she concentrates on her favorite style of music – the jazz of the 1920’s through the 40’s – Dixieland, Swing, Ballads and Big Band. She has been featured in jazz festivals and events throughout the United States, plus in London and Stockholm. Since moving to Sarasota, Betty has enjoyed a variety of roles in the Players Theatre and in Manatee Players. She appeared as Fanny Brice at last year’s Chapter party.

NJ “Entertainment Guide” wrote, “There’s no typecasting for this musical chameleon. One night she’s a throwback to the sophisticated ’40s, playing cool jazz piano and singing tunes reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Lee Wiley. The next night, bedecked in flapper dress and feather boa, she’s tearing up the house with a rowdy version of ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’.”

“SONGBIRDS OF JAZZ”, a one-hour program during which Betty recalls female Jazz singers with anecdotes and song samples from Sophie Tucker to Billie Holiday to Diana Krall will be the feature at our holiday party.

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 14, at NOON

Sharon Rende, AuD, Director of Audiology at the Silverstein Institute will be our speaker. The topic will be “The Latest in Surgical Options for Hearing Loss”.

Sharon will address cochlear implants, BAHA implants, the Maxum, the Soundbridge, the Earlens and other advancements that may be coming to market. She will have demo units for everyone to see, as well as brochures and literature.

As always, questions are encouraged and your shared experience can be helpful to all in attendance.

Wednesday, October 10, at NOON    

Our October meeting will be quite interesting even if you don’t require a hearing assistance dog. Chapter member Chris Goodier has overcome hearing loss to forge a writing career and will share her knowledge about hearing assistance dogs. Chris will also share lots of travel tips with us.

The presentation is entitled, “Would a Hearing Assistance Dog be Right for Me?”.

Christine Goodier is an Osprey, Florida-based freelance travel writer, editor and photographer. She started her career working in sales and marketing jobs for international airlines and cruise lines. Chris began writing about the Caribbean for magazines, tourist guides, and other publications while living on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She currently writes RV travel articles for Motorhome Magazine.

Since 2014, her Hearing Dog, Raylene, a Labrador trained by Dogs for Better Lives, a nonprofit organization previously known as Dogs for the Deaf, has accompanied her on her travels. With co-author Henry Kisor, Chris has written a unique travel guide to be published in 2019 by the University of Illinois Press titled “Journeys with Working Dogs: Navigating Service Animals Across North America”.

Wednesday, September 12 at NOON

Meetings will run from Noon to 1:30 PM.

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and encourages members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookie at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

Flo Innes was an early Chapter member, back when HLAA was SHHH. Flo owned and operated Advocates for Better Hearing, a unique storefront on Route 41 just past Bee Ridge Road where she offered every hearing assistive device imaginable.

Flo attended the HLAA Convention in June held in Minneapolis. She spent three days interacting with the 60 or so vendors and will update us on “Assisted Listening Devices – Do They Work?”. 

July 11th and August 8th, 1:30 

During the summer months, the Chapter conducts “Rap Sessions”.

There is no guest speaker, just an open session to focus on your individual needs.  

Attendance is strong although some folks have wandered “up north”.  At these meetings, most all questions, concerns, successes and disappointments are shared and discussed.  

We will be facilitated by Dr. Vicki Moore of The Hearing Spa and Dr. Sharon Rende of the Silverstein Institute at the July “Rap Session”.  

YOUR experiences and questions, covering all facets of coping with hearing loss, are the heart and soul of these summer “rap sessions”.

JUNE 13, 1:30 PM 

During the months of June, July and August, the chapter conducts “Rap Sessions”. There is no guest speaker, just an open session to focus on your individual needs.

Attendance is strong although some folks have wandered “up north”.  At these meetings, most all questions, concerns, successes and disappointments are shared and discussed.

Our Program Coordinator, Kathy Combs, has arranged to have a professional partner, a local audiologist, to assist in the discussion; however, YOUR experiences and questions, covering all facets of coping with hearing loss, are the heart and soul of these summer “rap sessions”.

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