11 – November 2010

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2010

Montco Chapter Officers:

President:DonnaPenman,phone:610-279-0905;Emailaddress:pen447@verizon.netorpenguin2@tmail.comVice-President:PattyCortez;email:pattypeep@gmail.com

Treasurer:KathyHarral AssistiveTechnology:DonGroff

Newslettercommittee:DianaBender,email:bender@hla-pa.org,andDonGroff

MeetingSchedule:1stMondayofeachMonth,exceptJanuary,February,JulyandAugust:GerberRoom,2ndfloorMercySuburbanHospital,2701DeKalbPike(Route202),EastNorriton,PA,6:308:30p.m.

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Open Captioned Theater Performances

Ifyouvenotbeentothetheaterbecauseyoucouldnolongerunderstandwhatisbeingsaid,whynottryanopencaptionedtheaterperformancenextmonth?PhiladelphiaareatheatersareprovidingcaptionsforoneperformanceofashowsrunaspartofArtReachsIndependenceStartsHereprogram.Withopencaptioning,everythingbeingsaidisprovidedonacaptionscreen.Youcaneitherpurchaseticketsthroughtheboxoffice(besuretotellthemthatyouneedtositintheareafromwhichcaptionsarevisible)oratwww.phillyfunguide.com/accessHereare3showstochosefrom:


WhiteChristmas
WalnutStreetTheatre
OpenCaptioningonDec.5@7:00pm
Celebrate
theholidayseasonwithanall-newproductionoftheBroadwaymusicalWhite Christmas.Rememberthatgreatfeelingyougetwiththeseason’sfirstsnow?Andhowaboutthatglowyoufeelwhenyou’vefoundtruelove?YougetbothinWhite Christmas.Seewhathappenswhenacoupleofsong-and-dancemenwithromanceinmindfollowaduoofbeautifulsingingsisterstotheirChristmasshowataVermontlodge,whichjusthappenstobeownedbytheboys’formerarmycommander.Sparksflyandsnowfalls!Thedazzlingscorefeaturessomeofthebestsongseverwritten,including“BlueSkies”,“ILoveaPiano”,“HowDeepIstheOcean?”andofcoursetheunforgettabletitlesong.It’smerry.It’sbright.AnditwillsnowinsidetheWalnutwithIrvingBerlin’sWhiteChristmas.


DublinCarol
AmaryllisTheatreCompany
OpenCaptioningonDec.17@8:00pm
John,amanwhoselifewasnearlydestroyedbydrinking,nowholdsdownasteadyjobataDublinundertakersoffice.WhenhisestrangeddaughterappearsonChristmasEvewithdisturbingnews,itsetsoffaseriesofpainfulconfessionsthatultimatelyofferJohnachancetoescapetheburdensofhispast.


Cinderella
EnchantmentTheatreCompany
OpenCaptioningonDec.14@7:00pm

Theclockstrikesmidnightandthemysteriousprincessrunsawaylosingoneglassslipperonthecastlestairs.Weallknowthestory.Butthisenchantingproductionoffersmuchmorethanfancyfootwear.It’sgoteverythingtheclassictaleisknownfor,andthensome:incredibleillusions,lifesizepuppetswithpersonality,maskedperformers,exquisitecostumes.Atitsheartisastoryofhowloveandtransformationcanmakeyourdreamscometrue.Settobeautifuloriginalmusic,thiselegantCinderellawillcaptivateyouandyourfamilyalloveragain.Recommendedforages5andup.TheaccessibleperformanceonDec.14isafreecommunityeventco-hostedbyArt-Reach.Toreserveticketscall(215)568-2115ext.4.

Confirmed: Smoking Is Hazardous To Your Hearing Health

Rockville,MdNewresearchshowsthatregardlessofgender,smokersareatagreaterriskforinnerear-cochleardamagethannonsmokers,accordingtoastudypresentedduringtheAmericanSpeech-Language-HearingAssociation(ASHA)annualconventioninPhiladelphialastweek.Thepresentersexplainedthatregardlessofthenumberofcigarettessmokedperday,nicotineseemstocauseareductioninthebloodsupplytothesmokers’cochlea,therebyaffectinghearing.

In a separate study, it was found that second-hand smoke exposure was significantly associated with increased risk of hearing loss for low-/mid-frequencies for those who had never smoked and for former smokers, as well as high-frequencies for former smokers.

TakenfromtheNovember24,2010issueofHearingReview;completearticlecanbefoundathttp://www.hearingreview.com/insider/2010-11-24_04.asp

Quote of the month

Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest.”

Mark Twain

Spring HLA-PA Banquet

Mark your calendars now: HLA-PA hopes everyone can join us for our next banquet on Sunday May 1, 2011. The banquet luncheon will take place at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. The highlight of the banquet will be the presentation of the 2010 Marcia Finisdore Award for Advocacy to Angela Lundy of Philadelphia. Angela has lived with a hearing loss since 1995 and has worked tirelessly to open doors for people with all disabilities, including sensory disabilities. Her unsuccessful cochlear implant surgery has not affected her determination to advocate for access for all who live with a hearing loss. She developed the “Widow’s Mite” program, in which rehabilitation items are collected and recycled to people in need. She also works with Temple University to provide donated equipment such as VCO telephones, listening devices and alerting devices to people who have a hearing loss.

More details on the banquet will be forthcoming next Spring.

Next Meeting: Holiday Party




With the holidays just around the corner, Montco chapter will again be holding our traditional holiday party.


Please bring a dessert or finger food of your choice and join in all the fun.  Guests are always welcome at our meetings but we are extending a special invitation to them for our holiday party.

Please join us for our next meeting which will be held on

MONDAY

December7,2009

beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Mercy Suburban Hospital

Hope to see you all there!

Note:MontcoChapterwillnotmeetduringJanuaryandFebruarywatchfortheFebruarynewsletterwithinformationontheMarchmeeting.

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