03 March 2013

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2013

Montco Chapter Officers:

President: Patty Cortez, email: pattypeep@gmail.com phone: 610-446-7302             Vice-President: Tom VanArman; email: tcvanarman@gmail.com

Treasurer: Donna Penman    Assistive Technology: Don Groff

Newsletter committee: Tom Van Arman, email: Tcvanarman@gmail.com & Don Groff

Meeting Schedule: 1st Monday of each Month, except January, February, July, August & September:  (September is 2nd Monday)  William Jeanes Library, 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444  Meeting Time: 6:00-7:45 p.m.

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Thieves Allegedly Use Hearing Loop System to Pirate Films

According to an article in Ars Technica, film piracy thieves have rigged a system to capture and record the sound of films in a movie theater.

The individuals were charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Copyright Infringement,” four counts of “Criminal Copyright Infringement,” and one count of “Distribution of a Work Being Prepared for Commercial Distribution.” Each count brings a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison.

The thieves allegedly canvassed their local area for theaters that carried infrared or FM radio hearing loop systems. Using a small camera and the loop receivers around their necks, the individuals used a home built system to directly stream a film’s sound to a hidden digital recording system that was brought into the theater.

Later, they would allegedly edit the images and sound together and illegally upload the films to a website for public sharing and distribution.

Published on Monday, 07 January 2013 Hearing Review News

 

New Test to Simultaneously Screen All Deafness Genes

Iowa City — University of Iowa researchers working with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine have developed OtoSCOPE, a test that can screen all of the genes known to cause deafness in a single run, in 1 to 3 months and for about $2,000.

Traditional testing of the exact genetic cause of inherited deafness involves sequencing one gene at a time, a process that can take up to a year and cost roughly $1,000 per gene, or about $75,000 to test all known deafness-causing genes.

The OtoSCOPE test means that physicians will have quicker answers for families anxious to determine treatment options or learn the likelihood that future children will have hearing loss.

OtoSCOPE captures and sequences all the portions of a patient’s DNA that coincide with areas of the human genome known to contain deafness mutations. This new method uses the latest DNA sequencing technology to simultaneously screen all 54 genes known to cause non-syndromic deafness–-hearing loss that is not associated with other medical problems—along with a dozen additional genes that cause syndromic deafness—hearing loss that occurs with other complications, such as blindness.

Hearing Review News Published on Monday, 03 January 2011

 

 

 

A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

 I thought the friend said:

 my great grandfather was a spaceship

 Spaceship?

 The friend actually said:

 my great grandfather was a bishop

 

Next Meeting:  Monday March 4th

Guest Speaker:  Rachel Mann, Esq. 

 Ms. Mann, a Senior Staff Attorney at DRN, graduated from UCLA Law School in 1983. She worked for Evergreen Legal Services in Washington State and for the private firm of Mann, Ungar and Spector in Philadelphia before joining DRN in 1990. Ms. Mann has focused on a variety of issues in her 22 years at DRN including health care, children with special needs, and the rights of people with hearing loss – doing systems advocacy, individual advocacy and class action litigation.

 The presentation, it would generally be about the ADA as it applies to people with hearing loss. 

 

Meeting of April 1st

Guest speaker:  David Young

David Young is a detective for the Montgomery County and will talk about Identity theft and how to counter it. 

 

 

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 

A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

You are at the bar and you order martini

You thought the bartender asked:

 elephant shoes?

he actually asked:

 olive juice?

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