July Meeting 7/19 Update

The group met in person for the first time in over two years, in the shaded garden behind the Jeanes Library. We were nine, with Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties represented as well as Montgomery.

Photo by K. Harral.

It was a social gathering and a discussion of how to proceed as we get past the pandemic. Cathie Harvey led a discussion of the future of individual chapters and the possibility of a more regional type of meeting. This might involve both physical and virtual gatherings.

The Jeanes Library is now on a mask-optional status, and MontCo expects to meet in September and October in the Community Room. Further details on this site, hlaamcc.org

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March Meeting – Zoom

After a break in January and February, our Mont Co HLAA will meet on March 1, from 6 to 7 pm on Zoom. We will have chapter updates and an opportunity to share and connect.  Please note the date/time and plan to join us. A Zoom link will be provided to those on our list. If you are not sure if you are on that list, please contact us using the contact form below.

We do not plan to meet in April. If the pandemic subsides adequately, we might be able to meet in person in May.

The New York City HLAA chapter maintains a list of online events of interest to the hearing loss community. You can find it HERE

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Holiday Party December 7

Our December meeting has always been our holiday party and this year we are continuing our tradition – on Zoom. We will gather on Zoom from 6 PM to 7 PM on December 7, 2021. In place of our pot luck dinner, we are suggesting that you have your favorite holiday beverage – eggnog, hot cocoa, wine, peppermint latte – on hand. We will share memories of a most appreciated gift – from childhood or another time in our lives.

Covid and the limitations it has on our in-person gatherings is challenging. We still need connections with each other as we navigate our lives with hearing loss. Please join us on December 7. It is one thing we can each do to keep our connections strong .

After December we will not meet again until March, 2022 when we will have an update about Jeanes Library and can think about the months ahead.

Join us on zoom with your favorite holiday drink on December 7 at 6 PM. A reminder and the zoom link will be sent out on December 6. We look forward to being with you and hearing about your most appreciated holiday gift!

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October Meeting – Zoom

HLAA MontCo continues to meet virtually while masking requirements are in place.

We met on October 5, with 12 attendees. The meeting was primarily a presentation by Ronnie Adler about the upcoming Walk 4 Hearing, October 17, at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

MontCo Chapter will not meet in November. Our next meeting will be on December 7.

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Return to Jeanes Meetings – Update

We inadvertently scheduled the September HLAA meeting in conflict with the
Jewish New Year. Therefore we are changing the meeting date.

Our new plan is to meet on Tuesday, September 21, on Zoom. We will meet
from 6 PM to 7PM.

Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with this change. We
look forward to being together with everyone on Tuesday, September 21 from
6-7 PM on Zoom.

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Regional Meeting – Zoom

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, HLAA chapters are meeting online, using Zoom or other platforms. Chapters in Southeast Pennsylvania are planning a Zoom meeting, and you are invited. 

When: Jan 21, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 


Topic: Elaine McCaffrey will be our speaker. The topic is “Hospital Safety for People with Hearing Loss.” Ms. McCaffrey is a retired lawyer living in the Chicago area. She has been a president of HLAA Chicago North Shore Chapter. She and her chapter have been advocating for making hospitals aware of safety issues dealing with the hearing loss community. This promises to be an informative meeting.


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here are links to documents relative to McCaffrey’s presentation




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October Meeting – Zoom

As the cool weather reminds us,  fall is here and we are about to begin a new program year. We hope you have been able to stay safe over the summer and are planning on joining us – on Zoom – when we return in October.

The Jeanes Library is not open for our use and we will be meeting virtually, using Zoom, for the remainder of 2020.   We will send everyone a Zoom link and a telephone number by email. You can join in using the link on your computer, iPad or smart phone.   If you prefer, you can call in, using the phone number.  IF you want help with using Zoom, please let us know and we can work with you before the meeting.

Our meeting will start at 6 PM on Monday, October 5, 2020.  We will plan on one hour.  Our agenda will include the following items:

  • Presentation of the budget for 2020-2021
  • Update on plans for a regional HLA in Southeast PA.
  • Personal check-ins and updates
  • Walk 4 Hearing updates

Staying in contact with others is especially important during this pandemic.  We have helpful information to share with each other and we can support each other as truly kindred spirits.  Please plan to attend.

Looking forward to being with you on October 5th!

Andrew and Cathie

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June Meeting – Zoom! – Recap

The June meeting was a Zoom event, with President Andy Walker as the host.  There were about a dozen attendees.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit staff members Jill Christopher and Sarah Zavala described the work of the MCIU specifically with children with hearing impairment.  Our chapter has made a contribution to MCIU is support of this work.

It was agreed the the virtual meeting format should continue to be our meeting format for the time being.  It was also decided the the picnic slated for July 12 should also be changed to a virtual format.

The prospects for captioning with a virtual format was discussed.  Not a simple matter.

Watch this space for further details about the 7/12 Zoom “Picnic”

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April Meeting – canceled.

Because of concerns about COVID-19, we will not meet in April.

Watch this space for information about our next meeting.

Please take all appropriate measures in dealing with this crisis.

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March Meeting

Our March 2 meeting included a general discussion of chapter activities and plans.  President Andy Walker conducted an introduction to American Sign Language, as preparation for the visit from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit later this year.  This was enhanced by a video on basic fingerspelling.

Captioning was a topic of discussion in a variety of ways.  The Google Live Transcribe system was used again, and proved to be at least moderately successful.  The resulting transcript does not separate speakers or topics, and is not easy to read.  A modest amount of editing would improve this, and help would be welcome   The transcript is available on request to hlaamcc(at-sign)gmail.com.

Other topics discussed:

Hearing aid marketing modes and prices.  Some members have used CostCo, with generally satisfactory results.

Noise level in restaurants and other public spaces

HLAA picnic on July 12 at Fort Washington State Park.

April meeting topic TBD, probably focused on assistive technology.

May:  Kay Tyberg will discuss strategy for communication in noisy surroundings.

June:  MontCo Intermediate Unit visit.

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