September Meeting

The summer is slipping out of our grasp, and days are getting noticeably shorter.  We’ll yield the first Monday of September to Labor Day, of course, and meet on September 12, as usual at the Jeanes Library at 5:30.  It will be in round-table format, with a number of basic elements on the agenda:

  • In memoriam:  Tony Finamore
  • Election of a Vice-President  (candidate:  Andy Walker)
  • How we spent our summer – triumphs and disasters, and in between
  • Impressions from the national convention
  • Future programs, scheduled and proposed.
  • Walk4Hearing on October 9
  • HAT  (hearing assistance technology) developments
  • Developments at the national office
  • Other topics of general interest

Hope to see you there!

Visitors welcome!

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Picnic Recap

The weather was warm, but the breeze was persistent  Twenty six HLAA members, family and friends enjoyed the afternoon at Fort Washington State Park.  Four area chapters were represented, and potluck dining worked out nicely.


Photo: DEG

The MontCo chapter does not meet in August.  Our next meeting will be on September 12, the first Monday being otherwise committed.  Watch this site for details.


Photo: AW

 Photo:  AW

Photo: AW


Photo: KH

Photo:  K.H.

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2016 HLAA Picnic

Once again, MontCo HLAA invites area HLAA members, family and friends to a picnic at  Fort Washington State Park  this year on Sunday July 17.  This is a great spot, a mile or so from the Fort Washington exit of the turnpike.  We’ll be in the Militia Hill Day Use area, just off Joshua Road at the MHL-3 Pavilion. This is a short distance from the MHL-1 paviliion where we met last year, and is adjacent to a nice playground and restroom facility.  We’ll set the time as 1 to 5 p.m.

Fort Washington State Park - MHL-3 Pavilion

Fort Washington State Park – MHL-3 Pavilion

MHL-3 is not far from the FWSP gate on Joshua Road. There is also an entrance on Militia Hill Road.  It’s about a mile from the intersection of PA73 and PA309.  It’s also about a mile for the SEPTA Fort Washington station, with hourly service to Philadelphia.

Here’s a park map with MHL-3 indicated. You can Google these coordinates
40.117212 N, 75.229444 W  to get a Google map to the location.

This will be an agenda-free social event, with food on a potluck basis.

We will provide:
Name Tags
Picnic ware – plates, utensils, napkins, etc.

However, we will not provide any:
Food – it’s potluck.
Games or entertainment, but the playground is close by
Door prizes
Charge for attendance
Insect repellent



We’d like to have some idea of how many people might come.  The  pavilion has a seating capacity of 100.  If possible, please let Patty Cortez know if you plan to attend.

Potluck 101:  Bring a food item for 6-8 people.  If possible, please let Diana Bender know what you are bringing.

MHL-3 is fully wheelchair-accessible, but there is no hearing assistance system!

With questions, or for more detail call or text 215-272-4450, or e-mail

We’ll cancel only for extreme weather.  Any change will be posted here on


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June Meeting – Update

Bill Best spoke about recent developments in Hearing Assistance Technology.  He participated in a recent update program at the national office of HLAA.  The presentation included a number of product samples, and a wide range of supporting literature was available.

The group numbered 19.

His presentation was based in part on the results of on online survey, a Google Fom, prepared for this meeting.  There were 14 responses.

Bill Best Talks Technology

Bill Best Talks Technology

CART transcript available on request to hlaamcc(at)  (at => @)

Upcoming Events:

  • National HLAA Convention June 23 – 26 in Washington DC.  Several members will attend.
  • HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park, July 17.  Area HLAA members, families, and friends are invited.
  • Walk4Hearing October 9 at the Navy Yard




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NIHL Information Sheet

Dr.Emilio Cortez, winner of the Marcia Finisdore HLAA-PA Advocacy Award has prepared a valuable information sheet about Noise Induced Hearing Loss, the basis of the award. You can find this sheet HERE.

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Picnic! – July 17

Save the date –  July 17

MontCo HLAA invites HLAA members, families and friends to a picnic at Fort Washington State Park.  A beautiful spot and not hard to get to.  This year we’ll be at the new MHL-3 Pavilion, adjacent to a fine playground.

Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 5

Watch here for further details.

Park map showing location HERE.

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May Meeting – Community Connections – Update

Turea Hutson spoke about the Community Connections  program in Montgomery County, and the role of the “Navicate”. She is the program’s manager.

Turea Hutson at MontCo on May 2

Community Connections is an innovative approach to provide services to people who need them most, where they need them most—in their community. Community Connections offices are one-stop service centers in an initial four locations around Montgomery County—Willow Grove, Pottstown, Lansdale and Norristown.

The meeting served two purposes; introduction of Community Connections to MontCo HLAA, and introduction of MontCo HLAA to Community Connections, and there was extended discussion of how our group might be of service to their function.

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