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November 2015
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“AFTER HOURS” MEETING NOVEMBER 10 FEATURES
  NATIONAL EXPERT ON BALANCE AND TINNITUS


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. Free to members and visitors.
 
“After Hours” meets in Sarasota at the Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 Tamiami Trail, just north of Van Wezel on the east side of 41.

 
Dr. Jack Wazen is an ENT-otolaryngologist formerly in New York and now in Sarasota, Florida. He also is on the Board of Directors of HLAA in Bethesda, Md.          
            
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 tinnitus, balance, vertigo or dizziness issues.



President's Message



Walk with your friends and family, meet others who live with hearing loss, and support the efforts of the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter to raise awareness about hearing loss.  Join the Sarasota/Manatee Dream Team on Saturday, November 7th, in Jacksonville! 
 
Why Join the Sarasota/Manatee Dream Team? To meet others who live successfully with hearing loss and to support HLAA's advocacy efforts that makes life better for you. Raising awareness, sharing information, and connecting with others - this is what HLAA is all about and what the Walk4Hearing supports. Be a part of the HLAA community by joining me - and many others - at the Florida/Jacksonville Walk4Hearing.

 
Why is your support so important? Hearing loss is the third major health issue in the country, affecting 48 million Americans (145,000 in Sarasota/Manatee). Your donation to the Walk helps fund HLAA's mission to provide information, education, advocacy and support to people with hearing loss at the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter and at the national level. 
 
Joining the Sarasota Dream Team is easy!  Register here   http://hlaa.convio.net/site/TR/Teamraiser/JacksonvilleWalk?team_id=42209&pg=team&fr_id=2300 and click on "Join Team."

 
If you're not available to walk but would like to donate to the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter Dream Team please consider making a donation http://hlaa.convio.net/site/TR/Teamraiser/JacksonvilleWalk?team_id=42209&pg=team&fr_id=2300
 
This is your opportunity to connect with people who live successfully with hearing loss.  All donations are gratefully appreciated.  Thank you for your support!

 
 



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SCENE & HEARD

HLAA-SARASOTA/MANATEE BOARD APPLICATION

The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota will be holding an election for Board of Trustees members at the Dec 9, 2015 chapter meeting. 
 
We would encourage anyone who wishes to serve or to learn more about the Board's role to talk to one of our Nominating Committee Chair, Susan Fulton – sefulton@usf.edu

 
Currently, there are four Board members running for re-election to a new two-year term.   Those people are: READ MORE!

 Our Professional Partners:

The HLAA highlights hearing products and local hearing aid providers at: http://www.hearingloss.org/support_resources/search-professionals .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 other through education, advocacy and support.  They are listed on our webpage at http://hlas.org/joanne-devries/ and members are encouraged to review this list of professionals when wading through all of those full page hearing aid ads in the newspapers for assistance with their hearing needs.
 
From time to time, we will feature stories about professionals doing good work. The stories should not be considered an endorsement but are intended to demonstrate professionalism in the hearing assistance industry.

 

This month, a pioneer and philanthropist in the hearing aid industry was featured in Delta Airlines SKY magazine. The story was about William Austin, the Founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies. The Starkey Foundation has furnished more than 175,000 hearing aids to those in need around the world. The interview with full attribution to Delta Airlines follows: READ MORE!

FTRI UPDATE

Our friends at Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., the publicly funded distributor of telecommunications equipment to the hard of hearing in Florida have sent along information on a new phone with good reports of clarity.  See below:
 

 
FTRI is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the specialized telecommunication equipment distribution program to qualified Florida residents with a hearing or speech loss at no cost.  The program is funded through a monthly 12 cents surcharge on all telephone landlines.  FTRI’s application is available by downloading a copy from www.ftri.org or call 800-222-3448.
#KeepFloridaConnected


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

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Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market -
Saturday, November 28th 7:00 - 1:00 


Outreach Events Keep the Chapter Busy 

Please contact Dave Donnelly to “pay it forward” by attending events manning our table. We informally offer education, advocacy and support to members of our community.   “On the job” training is available at any Farmers Market day or special event. Let Dave Donnelly know if you can help HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee by contacting hla.sarasota@gmail.com

Our monthly information and support booth at the Sarasota Farmer’s Marker offers an opportunity for people to learn how to address their hearing loss. The Chapter has a permanently assigned site, 1920 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.

 
 


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MEETING UPDATES


UPCOMING MEETING

NOVEMBER Chapter Meeting - November 17th

NOTE—Due to North Sarasota Library closing for Veteran’s Day, the November Chapter meeting will be held at the CCDHH Building at 628 Cypress Avenue [block south of Business 41&Venice Ave] in Venice on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:00 pm.
 
Our Chapter meeting in Venice is entitled “Causes of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Benefits”

 
Julia Nagel of the Silverstein Institute will be presenting. Julia graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science in 1994. She joined the Silverstein Institute in 1999 as an Audiology Technician, with primary responsibilities of performing diagnostic evaluations of the auditory and vestibular systems.



October Chapter Meeting Recap

Dr. Wargo, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the LECOM School of Pharmacy, stated that there are some drugs that are particularly toxic to the ear and can produce tinnitus and temporary deafness.  Dr Wargo shared a handout listing some of them.  Any person taking a prescribed medication should be alert for hearing-related problems while taking the drug and report such problems as soon as they appear to their family physician.
 
There may be times when an ototoxic drug is appropriate. For example, if not using that particular drug might have more serious consequences than hearing loss or deafness, then you might want to weigh that alternative and discuss with your physician. 
 
Members and guests found the information most informative and the refreshments, as always, a nice accompaniment to the meeting.

NEXT “AFTER HOURS” MEETING NOVEMBER 10th

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 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10th.


 
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” meets at the Center for Arts and Cultural Alliance at 1226 Tamiami Trail, just north of Van Wezel on the east side of 41.
 

Click on Event Calendar for Upcoming Events READ MORE!

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LOUD & CLEAR

HLAA WALK4HEARING, JACKSONVILLE, NOV. 7

The Sarasota Dream Team is walking again to support HLAA and our Chapter.

STEP UP for people with Hearing loss!


The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk for hearing loss awareness in the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers - children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between - form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services. HLAA depends on generous volunteers to raise funds, generate enthusiasm and awareness at each of the Walk4Hearing sites. To learn more, view the Walk4Hearing movie.
 

DOUBLE TOUR DONATION FOR HALF THE PRICE

Sounds like something the late Yogi Berra would say but Valerie Stafford-Mallis’ employer is matching her donation total up to $3000. So, just click on:  http://hlaa.convio.net/site/TR/Teamraiser/JacksonvilleWalk?team_id=42209&pg=team&fr_id=2300

 Then click on Valerie and make your contribution--your contribution will be doubled

Join TeamRaised Joan Haber$300.00 Maria Anderson$100.00 JoAnne DeVries$50.00Valerie Stafford-Mallis$1,490.00

WALK DETAILS:
 
Date:
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Location:
Metropolitan Park
1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. 
Jacksonville, FL 
Directions


Schedule: 
9am - Registration/Check-in
10am - Walk begins 
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
WALK WITH US----OR DONATE--
Here is the link to make a donation to members of the Sarasota Dream Team:  http://hlaa.convio.net/site/TR/Teamraiser/JacksonvilleWalk?team_id=42209&pg=team&fr_id=2300
 

 HLAA FOUNDERS's BOOK - THE "INVISIBLE CONDITION"

We conclude our yearlong celebration of Rocky Stone, HLAA’s Founder.
 
We have celebrated Rocky and the 35th birthday of the Hearing Loss Association of America, for the past year.  Here is a quote from Rocky Stone in the Preface to An Invisible Condition, reflecting on his retirement as Founder and Executive Director of HLAA in 1993:

 
"HLAA is built on confidence in the human spirit and the determination to get hearing loss into a positive perspective.  It’s working.  In spite of the fact that many persons who had been in the field of hearing loss for years assured me that it would not work, it has worked.  It is working because the great majority of persons with hearing loss who became members of HLAA just needed a little help; a little company; a little assurance that they are okay; a little education, information, shared experience and support." 

For more on the founder, click here.   In his book, “An Invisible Condition, The Human Side of Hearing Loss”, Rocky wrote: “the most pervasive physical handicap in America today is an invisible condition – hearing loss”.   The entire book is available free by clicking here.



MEDICAL NEWS 

“Hearing Health and Technology” has reported on a new Johns Hopkins study that provided data on the relationship between hearing impairment and all-cause mortality.

Lead study author Kevin Contrera, MPH, and MD candidate, along with his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, combined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in order to evaluate the association between hearing impairment and all-cause mortality, which is the rate of death for the population across all causes.


In the study, 1,666 adults 70 years of age or older who had received a hearing test were analyzed using NHANES data, which is part of a large, on-going epidemiological study designed to assess the health of the US population using a representative sample.   READ MORE!

LEGAL NEWS


One year ago, HLAA along with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) sat down with representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) to hammer out an agreement on movie captioning that provide for captioning in movie theaters.
 
Now, the NAD, which was supported by HLAA and other advocacy organizations, has announced another captioning agreement with online movie provider, Amazon. On October 15, Amazon agreed to provide captioning on nearly all of its videos for rent or sale by 2016 as part of an agreement with NAD.  Amazon will caption 100 percent of movies and television shows that have been watched at least 10 times in a three-month period. 
 
Amazon has provided subtitles on all shows and movies through its streaming arm, Amazon Prime, since the beginning of 2015 but only about 85 percent of its cache of videos for rent and sale outside of Prime have captions. 

“We are happy to partner with NAD to extend captions even deeper into our back catalog of titles,” said Jim Freeman, vice president of Amazon Video. 


The advocacy group has made a point in recent years of pressuring online video companies to provide subtitles for deaf people. In 2012, it came to a settlement with Netflix to caption all of its video after taking the tech giant to court.
 

HEARING—ADVOCACY

Thank You WAWA!

Many of us have difficulty at airline counters, retail areas and fast food establishments—and many other public situations—due to the ambient noise and clerks not looking up.  Give up on Starbucks, Subway, Publix deli, Quiznos and other coffee or sandwich shops?  Some have. 

The new WAWA stores now offer touch screen ordering where every possible choice that goes into making a sandwich or a drink can easily be selected.  Go through the choices and then pay and pick up the order—no need to play 20 questions and constant repeating.

We hope to see more of this digital ordering to assist those with difficulty hearing in loud environments.  Do your part in advocating at any store with loops or electronic ordering by simply letting the manager know and pick up a comment card and state your thanks for making shopping and buying easier.



Read More!
 

TWO HELPFUL APPS FOR LOOPED LOCATIONS


Stay in the loop wherever you go.  There are now two great websites that will let you know about looped locations wherever you go.
 
The newest one, LOOPFINDER, is partnered by HLAA and can hone in on sites by category or location.  HLAA and loop installers are partnering to make this website and app as complete and up to date as possible:
 
http://www.loopfinder.com/landing/index  
 
The site can give all looped locations in any geographical area or can provide looped locations in any one of 16 categories in as small or large an area as you choose.          
 
Also, Assistive Listening Device Locater http://www.aldlocator.com/  is equally helpful.


Remember our Mission includes advocacy—a “thank you” goes a long way in reinforcing the looping of the community. Make a point to “thank” a team member at any facility where you use the loop.


Chapter’s Vice President’s Monthly Column in The Venice Gondolier


[Anne Taylor is a Bilateral Cochlear Implant user, a Gallaudet Certified Peer Mentor for the Hard of Hearing, Vice President of the local Hearing Loss of America)   



When I was at work, I worried about my hearing loss. I had difficulty hearing on the phone and during meetings. I was concerned about losing my job because I found myself missing numbers and vital information.

What did I do? Did I tell the employer, or did I keep quiet, hope no one noticed and maybe l would get by? 

It’s not easy to admit to hearing loss. We folks with hearing loss worry we will be considered stupid, incapable of doing our jobs, inefficient. Will we get fired if we tell? If we do get fired, how would we support our families?


Most jobs require that we are able to communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers and the public. Often our hearing loss affects our employment status and, unfortunately, the higher the hearing loss, the lower the compensation. Hearing loss costs billions of dollars in the workforce. 

According to Hearing Loss Association of America, 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65 and are active in the workplace.

Hearing loss is invisible. In order to get the help we need, we have to tell our employers how to best help us on the job. He/she cannot help you until you tell them that you have a hearing loss!
ADA to the Rescue  READ MORE!


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Calling all Volunteers!
 
Did you know that our HLAA chapter is run completely by volunteers? 
We could use your help.  There are many opportunities to help HLAA become more visible to the community and by doing so; enable others with hearing loss to find the resources that that are available. 

Please take a look at the list of volunteer interests - http://hlas.org/volunteer/  - and see if there might be something you would like to do. Most do not require a long commitment of time or energy and provide the added benefit of making you feel more a part of the local chapter.  And don't worry; you'll have someone to provide guidance and support.

 
We hope you would be willing to share your time and talents.  And it's a great way to meet new people.
 
Volunteering can make a positive impact in the lives of others with your time, experience and passion.


HLAA WEBINAR

HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents.  There is no cost to attend webinars. All webinars are captioned and archived for access at the HLAA website. 

The November Webinar has not been posted but there was a very useful Webinar about ADA and health care issues on October 21 and the Power Point is available from HLAA-- http://www.hearingloss.org/online-community/webinars/transcripts-replay-webinars

Read More for a list of the past year's Webinars which may address a concern you have.


HLAA Membership Notes
 

Our memberships are dual memberships in both the HLAA and the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter. Veterans are free! 
 
Join now and get the HLAA “Hearing Loss Magazine”—the current issue features “Mobile Device Apps for People with Hearing Loss” and the “Smart Hearing Aid Revolution”.   Keep up with the technology!
 
The cost is $35 for an Individual membership, $45 for a Couple. 
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Among the many functions of HLAA National is the lobbying for people with hearing loss to have equal access in public venues. Note—your renewal notices will come from HLAA in Bethesda--if you do not get one, please let us know.
 
By the way, the free Players Theatre tickets (looped so you hear and understand every word) and the $5 Van Wezel tickets (one or two events in a looped theater) are worth the membership fee for a volunteer organization that does so much for persons with hearing loss in Sarasota and Manatee counties. 
  • (New Perk) Also members receive 20% off the assistive and communication products sold by Harris Communications— https://www.harriscomm.com/
 
If you have any questions on Membership please feel free to contact Anne Taylor at http://membership@hlas.org/ .   Membership applications can be found at the Chapter website, http://hlas.org/.
 
Among the many functions of HLAA National is lobbying for people with hearing loss to have equal access in public venues.   Note—your renewal notices will come from HLAA in Bethesda, if you do not get one, please let us know.

By the way, the free Players Theatre tickets (looped so you hear and understand every word) and the $5 Van Wezel tickets (one or two events in a looped theater) are worth the membership fee for a volunteer organization that does so much for persons with hearing loss in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


Also members receive 20% off the assistive and communication products sold by Harris Communications https://www.harriscomm.com/

If you have any questions on Membership please feel free to contact Anne Taylor at membership@hlas.org. Membership Applications can be found at the Chapter Website http://hlas.org.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
 
 Robert & Virginia Langdon,           Venice 
 Clara Nesci,                                      Venice
 Lauren Cufford,                               Sarasota

 Edward Oldenburg/Mary Wagle,   Sarasota
 
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Listen Up recommends four Websites that have relevant information regarding hearing loss: 
HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee Chapter Website:
 
Check it out!  Listen Up links to: http://hlas.org/
 
Also, don’t forget four websites that have up to date information regarding hearing loss:
 

The national HLAA website is: 
http://www.hearingloss.org/
 
The Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (the Governor appoints two HLAA-FL members to the Council by statute) website has been moved to the Department of Health.  It is:
 
http://www.floridahealth.gov/provider-and-partner-resources/fccdhh/
 
The HLAA-Florida Association website is:
 

http://hla-fl.org/
 
 The Center for Hearing & Communication (CHC) website is:
 
info@CHChearing.org
 

"LIKE" The HLAA-Sarasota ManateeFacebook Page


Reaching for 1000 -- Invite Your “Friends” To Like This Page The Chapter’s Facebook Page is a fantastic resource for anything and everything related to hearing loss. Announcements, photos, industry information, medical advancements and much more are posted daily.

The Chapter now has over 769 users.  Pictures and notices of HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee activities will be posted on Facebook.   Find HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee on Facebook. Just tap on "LIKE".  Click here!

OR http://hlas.org/  (find the link on the lower right corner of the website home page)


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PLUGGED IN

Private Eyes Movie Club (Members Only)

 The Private Eyes Movie Club meets on Last Tuesdays (except when they don’t!)
 
The next “meeting” will be November 24th.
 
The Club “meets” around 4:30 PM at the Hollywood 20 on Main St. in Sarasota.  Caption glasses are in good supply to make movies enjoyable again. A roundtable review--and other conversation-- follows at the Mediterraneo Restaurant across from the Hollywood 20.
 



The exact time and movie will be announced to Private Eyes Members (membership is free)—signup with at chrisnmitaylor@hotmail.com or by e-mail or Facebook.
Of note, Hollywood 20 now offers CaptiView as well as Sony Caption Glasses. CaptiView is much improved, so the very few people who did not like the glasses now have an alternative. 
“Private Eyes” free membership is limited to HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee members. First time “Private Eye” members are entitled to a free movie ticket at their first movie. To receive the notice of the movie selected, which goes out the weekend before the movie date, contact Anne Taylor. Anne uses the following email address for Private Eyes – chrisnmetaylor@hotmail.com
 
 

Finding Captions at the Movies in 2015! 

 
Since 2009, the search engine CaptionFish, http://captionfish.com has been providing information about captioned movie theaters to persons with hearing loss. Check it out for any theatre in North America.


 Curtain Time Theater Club (Members Only)
PLAYERS THEATRE

The 86th season of The Players Theatre at 838 N. Tamiami Trail begins!

The Players provides the Chapter with 20 to 25 FREE tickets, a great benefit of our nominal membership dues. The shows are, of course, looped! 

There is an option for a pre-theatre dinner.  Members enjoyed dining at Two Senoritas before the last show, 30 Steps.

Our show date is always the pre-opening show, the night prior to Opening Night.   Contact Betsy Roberts at TheatreClub@hlas.com for tickets. Tickets are distributed to Members only.
 
The next offering will be “She Loves Me” on the pre-opening date of December 1. Reserve your seats now.

The musical follows the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullivan film The Shop around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It would surface yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature You've Got Mail. The plot revolves around shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.  
Click here to see the complete list of shows!


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

 

Between The Covers Book Club (Members Only) 

“Between the Covers” Spring Meeting in March
 
October’s book was most insightful for anyone with a cochlear implant or considering one. The book was “Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World” by Michael Chorost.
The Spring book promises to be the best and funniest book we have ever read dealing with hearing loss. The author, Gael Hannon, will attempt to attend as she will be in Florida in March. 
 
The book, “The Way I Hear It” has provided members who have read it “laughing so hard, I had to put it down” experiences in every chapter.  Although comedienne Hannon brings humor to everyday occurrences, each chapter addresses strategies to deal with hearing loss, whether it be ordering food, dealing with the airlines, family interaction, technology and many more situations and subjects.




 
Excerpt at pages 50-51:
“Mona Lisa had a hearing loss. I know this because she is wearing ‘the look’. That smile is a dead giveaway—every person with hearing loss uses it as a facial placeholder. It’s a noncommittal smile, not broad as if laughing at something but curved just enough to indicate interest in what’s being said, whatever that may be. Those who understand hearing loss can see from Mona Lisa’s face that she either tuned out or is only pretending to understand Leonardo daVinci, who was prattling on about her beauty behind the canvas.  Mona could not read Leo’s lips and since 16th century attitudes towards hearing loss were likely not progressive, she didn’t want daVinci (or anyone) to know about her issue”…

                       

 

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