April 2017

 The 2017 Hearing Tech Clinic was a great success by all measures!

 The mentoring session appointments were filled with 59 consultations. The balance testing was busy throughout the day. The hearing screenings started with 18 people in line before 9 AM and continued without stop until after 2:30 PM. The panels and presentations had all the seats full and some were standing room only!

Reports from the hearing aid manufacturers and all other vendors advised the Clinic exceeded their expectations.
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President's Message


Dear Members and Friends,
This Chapter is amazing! 
I am so thankful so many people stepped up to make the “HEARING TECH CLINIC” a resounding success last month. I have been on two trips.  The opportunity to tour Asia for six weeks was a "must trip", but it came with a “guilt trip” as I was unable to participate in the Clinic and other Chapter activities.
I cannot thank Ed Ogiba enough for bringing the Clinic together with the vendors, the panels and the publicity. Dr. Lyndsey Nalu developed the concept and Mark Selis did outstanding work with the hearing screenings. Also, thank you to the Community Foundation and John Annis for donating the facility.
Jill Simons recruited and organized our volunteers. Without our caring member volunteers, this event would not have been so successful. Allow me to use my monthly space to thank each volunteer (and some of their friends) for giving up a Saturday and providing help and support to the hearing loss community. They are: 

Dave Donnelly              Anne Taylor

Bob Ripley                    Robert Schuler
John Wagner                 Vinell Lacy
Shelly Zelitzer               Sherill Carr
Irene Herman                 Ken Herman
Diana Bender                Peg Nadel
Don McFadden             Don McFadden
Adrienne Wagner          Herbert Green
Maria Anderson             Richard Williams
Eileen Schuler               Jim Diaz
Larry Kavanaugh           Pat Lakey
Barbara Chertok             Richard Pocker
Roseanne Boyle             Elaine Goddard
Regina DeWitt                 Dr. Susan Fulton
Dr. Vicki Moore                Dr. Laura Wazen 




JoAnne DeVries, President

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Our Sarasota/Manatee Chapter will join the HLAA Florida State Association and our State Chapter Coordinator on Saturday, April 22 at the Orlando Health Medical Center from 9 AM until 3 PM for the first annual Let’s Make Hearing Loss Visible Extravaganza!  
The statewide Extravaganza is a free event in the 3,400-square foot Conference Center with exhibitors and presentations for hearing and hearing loss alike of all ages:

•    Cochlear implant and hearing aid panels will discuss the latest technology
•    Improve the quality of conversation through lip-reading & sign language
•    How CART and Loop is opening our world of communication
•    The connection between hearing loss and your mental, physical and emotional health 

The event will also feature a workshop for hearing people:   
•    What to do when someone you know has been diagnosed with a hearing loss
•    How to address your feelings and concerns
•    How to be a team and learn to live successfully with hearing loss


Overnight stay accommodations at the Hampton Inn, directly across the street, is available at a contractual rate of $119 per night through April 5th.  

For those staying overnight, a “Florida Friday Social”, with opportunities to win special prizes, will precede the April 22nd Extravaganza!


“How to Better Manage Your Hearing Loss” 

4 Wednesday sessions – April 5, 12, 19, 26 – 6 PM to 7 PM 

Learn how:

• Read your audiogram
• Improve the quality of conversations with communication strategies 
• Fill in what hearing aids miss with assistive listening devices
• Improve understanding of speech with auditory training
• Manage your type of hearing loss 
• Hearing loss affects your brain, plus much more! 

Sessions at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee                
Communication Science and Disorder Department                                   
8350 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 

For more information or to enroll, contact: Dr. Susan Fulton

Lip-reading classes at ACE (Adult Continuing Education) will be held at the Technical School on Proctor and Beneva in Sarasota. They will be held the five Wednesdays in May. (May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31).

The hours are 10 AM to Noon and this session will be addressing consonants.

The classes are
FREE thanks to an anonymous grant.

The classes are in Room 205 at the Technical School.  All students must register at the ACE office either by phone, e-mail, or in person.  Contact the ACE office at 941-361-6590.


Our Professional Partners:

The HLAA policy is to not recommend any specific product or any specific ENT, Audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.
The Chapter follows this policy but has identified professionals who endorse our 501 (c) (3)’s mission to help others through information, education, advocacy and support. They are listed on our webpage at  
Members are encouraged to review this list of professionals when considering professional services.

Additional information is also available on HLAA’s National website. The site features a searchable hearing health care directory that enables you to look for hearing products and local hearing aid providers.
To access, click on:


HearCare Connection’s second annual “Wine & Stein” fundraiser will take place on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Gold Coast Eagle Distributing facility in Lakewood Ranch. This event provides hearing aids and assistance “so that no person is prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss”.
Tickets are $50 and the contact number is 941-316-0406.


Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.

CCDHH closed last year for lack of funding and the Suncoast Center for Independent Living has now partnered with Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) to be the local service agent for the FTRI. Suncoast is located at 3281 17th St. in Sarasota.

FTRI is a statewide non-profit organization that provides special telephones - free of charge - to Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Deaf/Blind and Speech Impaired Floridians to communicate with people who use standard telephones. 

Through the use of highly trained operators, calls can be made 24/7, 365 days a year allowing Florida residents who are in need of relay services to connect & communicate with anyone at any time.

All calls remain confidential and no records of conversations are ever maintained.


What equipment is loaned?

•    Phones that amplify incoming sound
•    Devices that alert you when the phone rings
•    Captioned telephones
•    Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD/TTY)
•    Braille TTY for Deaf/Blind Individuals
•    Phones that amplify outgoing speech

Who is eligible?

•    Permanent Florida residents
•    Certified as Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Deaf/Blind or Speech Impaired

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Fabiola Sannon, SCIL FTRA Specialist, at (941) 351-9545.



Listen Up recommends our Helpful Links/Resource Page for relevant information regarding hearing loss READ MORE!



Thank you to the 30 volunteers assisting with the “Hearing Tech Clinic”!

HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee hosts monthly meetings, organizes social events, and participates in community outreach. Over the past few years, our Chapter has grown to more than 200 members and the Board is committed to continuing that growth. To accomplish this, your support is necessary. We always have a need for volunteers for Chapter meetings, such as membership assistance and refreshments. 
The Chapter is active in outreach with over 100 annual events, including the Farmers Market, Health Fairs, public events, etc., and knowledgeable members are encouraged to assist us. There are so many ways you can make a difference! 

Please contact Anne Taylor at if you can help to educate and advocate for the 145,000 community members with hearing loss.


Please contact Dave Donnelly to “pay it forward” at the Farmers Market on the third Saturday of each month. If you’re interested in volunteering, on-the-job training is available at any Farmers Market Day.  Let Dave know by contacting

Saturday April 15 - 7 AM to 1 PM - SARASOTA

Our monthly information and support booth is permanently located at 920 State Street, between Lemon and Pineapple, and offers an opportunity for people to learn how to address their hearing loss.

There is free hearing screenings each month by one of HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee’s Pro Partners. If you have a friend who needs hearing help and cannot make one of our meetings, please suggest they visit us here.

The Chapter has a permanently assigned site at1920 State Street, between Lemon and Pineapple.
There will be
free hearing screening each month by one of HLAA - Sarasota/Manatee’s Pro Partners. If you have a friend who needs hearing help and cannot make one of our meetings, please suggest they visit us here.





Debi Moser, OEI Outreach Representative for CapTel, will be making a presentation titled "CapTel Phone Demonstration" and updating us on technical improvements in caption phones.

Debi, a long-time resident of the Sarasota area, is a graduate of Venice High School and attended Manatee Community College. Debi joined OEI in 2016 wanting to help people with hearing loss. She said, “When I am doing an install for a new CapTel user and we make that initial test call, it is so amazing to see and hear the expressions of pure joy as they realize their quality of life has suddenly and dramatically improved!”

Debi has great passion and enthusiasm for creating every opportunity to let people know about CapTel, and how they, too, can have better communication with loved ones and once again enjoy talking on the phone. 

North Sarasota Library Meeting Room
2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota

March Chapter Meeting Recap

Lynn Rousseau is a longtime HLAA advocate whose desire is to make travel easier, safer and more enjoyable for those of us who cope with hearing loss. Her well-received presentation was entitled “Traveler’s Rights”. 

“PLAN AHEAD” was the phrase of the day! Lynn provided best practices for driving, cruising, riding the rails and the friendly skies.

She recommended a card to hand a police officer if stopped, as well as a visor card for paramedics to see to know there may be difficulty following commands.  The cards can be downloaded at

The website for these and other aids is

Lynn explained the importance of alerting train conductors and flight attendants early -- and with a smile -- to avoid frustration and missed announcements.

Chapter members had many questions as well as personal experiences to share!


“After Hours” is the evening Chapter meeting for members and guests who are unable to attend during the day. Of course, all members and guests are welcome!

Chaired by Dr. Lyndsey Nalu, the meetings are held at 6:00 PM at the Centers for Arts and Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. 

Our next meeting on May 2 will be a presentation entitled “Vestibular and Balance Disorders” by Dr. Jack Wazen, MD, FACS.

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

Next Meeting – Tuesday, May 2, at 6:00 PM 

Meeting is supported by CART.   

Click on Event Calendar for Upcoming Events READ MORE!




HLAA in Bethesda, our national office, has a small staff but a large voice in Washington.

HLAA recently announced that Lise Hamlin, HLAA’s Director of Public Policy, was named as co-chair to the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) for the FCC.

The DAC was established in December 2014 to make recommendations to the FCC on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the FCC and to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The DAC is organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). 

The DAC’s first term expired on December 29, 2016. During its second term, the DAC will have subcommittees on emergency communications, relay/equipment distribution, technology transitions, and video programming.

If you have concerns with captions, emergency notifications or other issues under the FCC jurisdiction, do not hesitate to contact our advocate at



“Hearing Tracker” is the leading independent consumer review platform for hearing aids, hearing providers and hearing centers. The FDA requires pharmaceutical companies to list negative effects of prescription medicine; however, that is not a requirement for hearing instruments and there is very little published negative effect literature.

Here is our HLAA Chapter’s opportunity to contribute to better hearing aids and instruments!

Hearing aids are the primary clinical tool used for managing hearing loss. Hearing aid use offers several benefits, including improvements in hearing ability, communication, social life, and health-related quality of life. Unfortunately, hearing aid use may also be associated with negative side effects, but limited academic literature exists to quantify these effects. 

In medicine, it is common to study the negative side effects of a treatment to improve clinical outcomes. Understanding the negative side effects of hearing aids should help manufacturers improve hearing aid design and should help hearing providers more effectively counsel those with hearing loss. The aim of the current study is to examine and quantify the negative side effects of hearing aids for adults with hearing loss.  

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  CLICK HERE to start the survey! 


HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents.  There is no cost to attend webinars.
To view a Webinar, go to



HLAA Membership Notes

Our memberships are dual memberships in both the HLAA and the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter.

The cost is $35 for an Individual membership; $45 for a Couple.
Among the many functions of HLAA National is the lobbying for people with hearing loss to have equal access in public venues.
If you have any questions on Membership, please feel free to contact Anne Taylor at
Membership applications can be found at the Chapter website,



A longtime member is no longer able to drive and needs a ride to Chapter Meetings. The area is near Clark and Honore. If you can assist, let us know at 941-907-0136.




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Private Eyes Movie Club 

The Private Eyes Movie Club now meets on LAST Thursdays!

This month, the Club will “meet” on Thursday, April 27, around 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Hollywood 20 on Main St. in Sarasota. A roundtable review - and other conversation - follows at a restaurant within short walking distance of the theatre.
The exact time and movie will be announced to Private Eyes members and guests. Membership is
free – sign-up with link below, by e-mail or on Facebook.
Remember to ask for “caption glasses” or caption devices at any movie theatre and thank them for the accommodation.
The Sony caption glasses are used at Hollywood 20. Sony described the holographic effect as follows: 

“With Sony’s unique holographic technology, closed caption text seemingly floats in the air, at a comfortable distance from a viewer wearing the see-through STW-C140GI caption glasses, and overlaid on the cinema screen picture. This solution allows patrons to enjoy each movie as if they were watching it with a burn-in subtitle, making Sony’s entertainment access glasses ideal for people with hearing impairments.”


The Private Eyes Movie Club is open to anyone in the community to learn how Sony Captioned Glasses can improve your understanding of a film.
Glasses are
free with the purchase of your movie ticket.
HLAA Members are entitled to a
free movie ticket with their first outing with the Movie Club.

Those interested in the movie club should contact Anne Taylor ( to be included to the monthly movie club mailings. It is also important that you RSVP to Anne if you need to reserve a pair of caption glasses.


Curtain Time Theater Club (Members Only)


The Chapter has received its block of 2017 Van Wezel performance tickets - another advantage of our $35 annual membership and a “Members Only” event.             

The performance is “Rhapsody and Rhythm”, a musical concert celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin on Wednesday, April 5, at 8:00 PM.  

Rhapsody and Rhythm is the definitive Gershwin concert experience; a unique and entertaining multimedia musical celebration. The truly unforgettable experience includes beloved Gershwin songs such as "I Got Rhythm", "Summertime", "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "'S Wonderful”.

Please leave your e-mail with Committee Chair Anne Taylor at 
and mail your check in the amount of $10 for each ticket for yourself and up to one guest to: Anne Taylor, 11651 Ashinga Ave., Venice, FL 34292.

Please leave your e-mail with Committee Chair Anne Taylor at
and mail your check in the amount of $10 per ticket to: HLAS, PO Box 48643, Sarasota, FL  34230. Each member is permitted one guest.

An optional dinner prior to the show will be scheduled as well.


The Players Theatre will be moving east in a few years and become the “Players Centre for the Performing Arts”. For now productions will continue at 838 N. Tamiami Trail. 

The Theatre is in its 87th season and provides the Chapter with 20 to 25 tickets for the pre-opening show of each of its Broadway series productions. 

The theatre is looped, so you may sit back and hear every word clearly.

The next production is “BOEING BOEING” and our tickets will be for April 25.    

It’s the 1960s and our swingin’ Bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier as he juggles 3 gorgeous stewardesses in his gorgeous Paris flat. His perfect world and careful planning comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and the Boeing corporation creates a new and speedier jet. 

In true classic farce style, all 3 stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

If you wish to attend “Boeing Boeing”, please leave your e-mail with Committee Chair Anne Taylor at

The tickets are allocated on first response basis.  

If you use the box office in person, thank them for the loop

If you attend a performance,
thank them for the loop



Between The Covers Book Club

The Chapter’s “Between the Covers” Book Club meets twice a year, Spring and Fall. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 15 at 5:00 PM.
Katherine Bouton’s first book, “Shouting Won’t Help”, was a “Covers” selection several years ago. Her follow-up book, “Living Better with Hearing Loss”, is a practical guide to daily life with hearing loss, from the mildest to the most severe.
The book is available in all forms at

 The Hearing Review said of this book:

“The book is broken down into five sections: Facing Facts, Love and Work, Travel and Leisure, When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough, and Changing the Way We Think About Hearing Loss. The insights on visiting an audiologist, choosing a hearing aid (the author includes an extensive breakdown on the different types of aids), are intended to be valuable to a diverse demographic.

Bouton’s expertise on the topic results from firsthand experience: at the young age of 30 - while balancing a high-pressure position at The New York Times - Bouton was diagnosed with adult-onset hearing loss, disproving the misconception that hearing loss is strictly age-related. Fearing the stigma that is often associated with hearing loss, Bouton reportedly hid her disability and continued her demanding job as an editor for decades - and ultimately lost the job because she was misinterpreted as not being a team player.”

Familiar?  Live better - read the book! 




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