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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