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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February 3 Meeting Recap

Nancy Hilger, now with Clear Captions, spoke on  Getting Hip with Your Hearing.

Hearing aid technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, and she reviewed a number of features that go far beyond the traditional hearing device.  The smartphone is become an essential adjunct to the hearing aid, for much more than simple adjusting its parameters.

A new captioning system was introduced, based on Google Live Transcribe software running on a tablet computer and projected on a well

Though hardly perfect, the system is remarkably fast and accurate.  It was noted that it is not able to distinguish between individual voices, and sentences are not separated, although paragraphs, at least to some degree, are.

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

Next meeting March 2.

At the Jeanes Library, 5:30 to 7:30

As always, visitors are welcome.

 

 

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About the Party

Our annual holiday party, postponed once by a storm that never really materialized in our area, seemed  at risk as another storm threatened.  This one too did not cause more than uncertainly about travel.

There are about 18 attendees, and holiday food contributions were appropriate to the season.  There was a demonstration of a prototype automatic speech recognition (ASR) captioning system

HLAA MontCo does not meet in January.

Preliminary topics for the remainder of our year:

February 3, 2020
Nancy Hilger , of Advanced Hearing Systems in Warminster, will speak about recent developments in hearing aid technology

March 2, 2020
Round table discussion

April 6, 2020
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit will report on utilization of our contribution to them.  There will also be a mini-course on American Sign Language (ASL)

May 4, 2020
Kay Tyberg Devices for to use in noisy situations

June 1, 2020
TBD

 

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Holiday Party – Rescheduled

The Winter Party has been rescheduled for December 16.

Our December meeting (Monday, December 16) will be our annual holiday social. Please join us to welcome the cold weather (-: …. and to wish each other a comfy and healthy winter.  (We’ll convene at 5:30 at the Jeanes Library in Lafayette Hill.)

As always, visitors are welcome.

Please join us.

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November Meeting 11/18

HLAA MontCo will meet on Monday, November 18.  This is not our usual first Monday, because the Jeanes Library is a polling place, and will be preparing for the November 5 election.

There will be a general discussion of hearing challenges, a recap of the Walk 4 Hearing, a presentation of a budget, and plans for a holiday party.

The loop system will be used, and there may also be an opportunity to try out new live captioning software.

As always, visitors are welcome.  Please join us.

At the Jeanes Library, November 18, at 5:30

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October 7 Meeting — Cancelled

Because of mechanical problems at the Jeanes Library, this meeting is cancelled.

Further details here when available.   10/5/19

On October  7, Kay Tyberg, president of the Blair County chapter will speak about hearing in noisy circumstances, probably the most common aggravation that people with hearing loss deal with.  She’ll cover devices and techniques that can help.

The loop system will be used, and there will be CART (real time captioning)  for this meeting.

As always, visitors are welcome.  Please join us.

At the Jeanes Library, October 7, at 5:30

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September 9 Meeting – Recap

Chapter officers discussed plans for the year, touching on:

Chapter finances.
Meeting topics.
The Walk4Hearing October 20
Future leadership.

Sharon Carroll, Engagement Manager for Cochlear America spoke about current and future implants and accessories, including:

Sharon Carroll

Cochlear America Presentation

Smartphone  streaming, currently limited to iPhone, but will be extended to Android.
MRI compatibility
“Bring Back the Beat”, a iPhone app designed to enhance music appreciation for CI users.  There was a lengthy discussion of musical experience.

On October  7, Kay Tyberg, president of the Blair County chapter will speak about hearing in noisy circumstances, probably the most common aggravation that people with hearing loss deal with.  She’ll cover devices and techniques that can help.

At the Jeanes Library, October 7, at 5:30

 

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HLAA Picnic

Several dozen HLAA members and friends enjoyed the annual picnic at Fort Washington State Park on July 14.   Warm and breezy weather made for a very enjoyable afternoon, as did a variety of food and drink.

The September 9 meeting (NOT the first Monday of the month) will feature  a Cochlear America representative on the topic of music appreciation with the cochlear implant.

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