September Meeting Cancelled

MontCo HLAA will not meet in September. Our normal September meeting date, the second (rather than the first) Monday falls in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The following Monday is not available because of the book sale at Jeanes Library, and the following Monday is just one week before our October 1 meeting.

Election of new officers will take place at that October 1 meeting. Other details closer to the date.

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Picnic – July 15 Fort Washington State Park – Recap

The weather forecast of ‘scattered showers’ gave way to heavy rain, more than an inch, in the morning.  A further forecast of clearing skies was borne out, and some 20 attendees enjoyed the afternoon the the MH-3 pavilion. 

Picnic organizer Kathy Harral in the hat.

 There were a number of attendees from other than the hosting Montgmoery County chapter.  Per tradition, there was a wide variety of food and drink available, some of it made possible by a generous contribution from the Chester County chapter.

The MontCo chapter does not meet in August.

Our next meeting will be on September 10, not our usual first Monday of the month, which is already taken for September.  It will be a planning and organizational meeting for the year,  and will include election of new officers. Candidates are:  Andy Walker, President; Chris Doig; Vice President; and Cathie Harvey, Treasurer.  The position of Secretary has not been occupied for some years, but a candidate would be welcome.

Many thanks to the organizers: Kathy Harral, Patty Cortez, Diana Bender, and to all who contributed in some way and attended.  A very nice afternoon.

Don

 

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June Meeting – Audiology Education – Recap

Leah Castrovince,  Au.D. spoke at our June 4 meeting.    A New Jersey native, she did her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, then received her doctorate in audiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is now finishing a year of externship at Temple University.

Externship involves full-time on-site training to polish clinical skills and employ everything that was taught in the classroom. Dr. Castrovince went into considerable detail as to what this process entails, and her personal journey through graduate school, what the expectations and clinical training is like. She discussed the  differences in clinical training between programs and other hearing healthcare professions, and a few things to keep in mind as educated healthcare consumers going forward.

Temple faculty member Eric Bostwick, Au.D. also participated in the presentation.

A lively discussion of these topics followed her presentation.

There were 21 in attendance.

The CART transcript is available on request to hlaamcc(at)gmail.com

Our July event will be a picnic at Fort Washington State Park on July 15.  Details here later.

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May 7 Meeting – Dr. Judith Curtin

At our May 7 meeting, Dr. Judith Curtin spoke about the psychological aspects of hearing loss. She is a AAA Board Certified audiologist and a ASHA certified speech pathologist, well qualified to speak on this topic. She  provided strategies that help minimize its

Dr. Curtin

impact.  A wide-ranging discussion followed her presentation.

Dr. Curtin is a faculty member of West Chester University since 2000 and formerly its Hearing Clinic Coordinator. She guest-lectures at other similar institutions. She is a former Chair for Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

You can read more about Dr. Curtin  HERE .

A CART transcript of the meeting is available on request to hlaamcc(-at-)gmail.com.

At our June 4 meeting, a panel of audiology students from Temple University will discuss their backgrounds, training at Salus, and plans for the future.

Save the date  July 15  for the HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park.  All HLAA chapter members, friends, and family are invited.

Further details here closer to that date.

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April 2 Meeting – N-CHATT Presentation — Update

At our  April meeting, MontCo member Chris Doig spoke about  Multiple Microphone hearing assistance systems.  The topic deals with one of the most frustrating situations for those of us with hearing loss; listening to a number of people in a noisy environment.  There are a number of remote microphones available, and they can help to hear one person, but they don’t work well for more than one.

She brought examples of several multi-mike systems. It was clear that extending hearing assistance beyond a single remote microphone involves a considerable  increase in complexity and cost, but the results may be worth it. There were seventeen in attendance.

Chris is a recent graduate of the N-CHATT program of the the HLAA national office, and has extensive experience with hearing assistance technology.  Her presentation is derived from that program.  Her PowerPoint file contains many references and links to equipment suppliers.  It is available on request to hlaamcc@gmail.com

For our May 7 meeting, Dr. Judith Curtin will speak about psychological aspects of hearing loss.  She a faculty member at West Chester University, an audiologist and  speech pathologist, with broad experience with many aspects of hearing loss.

There will be CART for her presentation, and the loop system will be used.

As always, visitors are welcome.

June 4:  A panel of audiology students from Salus University

July 15:  HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park.

 

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March 5 Meeting – Jorge Zavala Au.D. – Update

Jorge Zavala, Au.D. spoke at our March 5 meeting. Dr. Zavala is the owner of Norriton Hearing Center.  His presentation ranged widely, but focused on the multiplicity of wireless accessories now available.  These include a variety of phone interfaces and remote microphones.  There was extensive discussion of successes and failures of devices used by members.

Dr. Zavala

 

 

 

 

 

 

The April 2 meeting will be a continuation of the ALD workshop that we had at the February meeting, a round-table event that members found valuable.

The MH-3 Pavilion at Fort Washington State Park has been reserved for a picnic on July 15, 2018

Save the date and spread the word.

 

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February Meeting – Update

After a winter break, the MontCo chapter met on February 5, 2018, as usual, at the Jeanes Library, with 14 in attendance.

The meeting was an informal round-table event, generally focused on assistive devices, a format that has proven popular in the past. Attendees brought  their favorite, or even least favorite hardware for show-and-tell.  The discussion covered the gamut, from Pocketalker devices to the Roger Pen and other streaming (paired) systems.

Glen Harris provided a brief review of “Wired for Sound” by Beverly Biderman, who received a cochlear implant in 1993, when they are relatively uncommon.

It was agreed that that MontCo would again sponsor a picnic at Fort Washington State Park in July, and hope was expressed that we can get increased participation from other chapter in the area.

At our March 5 meeting we will welcome Jorge Zavala, AuD,  who will discuss current hearing aid technology, with a focus on connectivity issues.  Further details on hlaamcc.org closer to that date.

 

 

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