2017 HLAA-PA Picnic : Update

The weather was close to picnic-perfect for this event, and there were 22 attendees.  Most were from the MontCo chapter, but we were happy to welcome a few people from other chapters. There was plenty to eat and drink.

A few photos from the afternoon:

Picnic Attendees



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2017 HLAA-PA Picnic

Once again MontCo HLAA invites area HLAA members, family and friends to a picnic at  Fort Washington State Park  this year on Sunday July 16.  This is a great spot, a mile or so from the Fort Washington exit of the turnpike.  We’ll be in the Militia Hill Day Use area, just off Joshua Road at the MHL-3 Pavilion. This is adjacent to a nice playground and restroom facility.  We’ll set the time as 1 to 5 p.m.

Fort Washington State Park - MHL-3 Pavilion

Fort Washington State Park – MHL-3 Pavilion

MHL-3 is not far from the FWSP gate on Joshua Road. There is also an entrance on Militia Hill Road.  It’s about a mile from the intersection of PA73 and PA309.  It’s also about a mile for the SEPTA Fort Washington station, with hourly service to Philadelphia, and we could arrange a shuttle.

Here’s a park map with MHL-3 indicated. You can Google these coordinates
40.117212 N, 75.229444 W  to get a Google map to the location.

This will be an agenda-free social event, with food on a potluck basis.

We will provide:
Name Tags
Picnic ware – plates, utensils, napkins, etc.

However, we will not provide any:
Food – it’s potluck. (bring serving utensils, if needed)
Games or entertainment, but the playground is close by
Door prizes
Charge for attendance
Insect repellent



We’d like to have some idea of how many people might come.  The  pavilion has a seating capacity of 100.  If possible, please let Patty Cortez know if you plan to attend.

Potluck 101:  Bring a food item for 6-8 people.  If possible, please let Diana Bender know what you are bringing.

You can also e-mail hlaamcc@gmail.com

MHL-3 is fully wheelchair-accessible, but there is no hearing assistance system!

With questions, or for more detail call or text 215-272-4450, or e-mail hlaamcc@gmail.com

We’ll cancel only for extreme weather.  Any change will be posted here on hlaamcc.org.


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June Meeting – Emergency Preparedness – Recap


Tim Elbertson

Tim Elbertson, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety spoke to the chapter about dealing with a wide variety of emergency situations.

Montgomery County’s 911 office handles 900,000 calls a year, and now can handle text messages to 911.  A majority of calls now come from mobile phones, and Tim described the challenges this provides for the service, and offered advice on 911 use.   The county will soon introduce smart911.com,  which greatly adds to the information available to the 911 dispatcher.  You can sign up and create a profile in advance of the rollout of the system

The county offers emergency alerts in multiple formation by the ReadyMontco system.  Sign up for it HERE

Tim also emphasized preparedness, and offered information about what should be in an emergency kit.

The CART transcript is available on request to hlaamcc@gmail.com

HLAA Picnic on July 16 at Fort Washington State Park — save the date and watch for details here.

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May Meeting – Biogerontology – Recap

Glenda Bilder spoke about biogerontology,  Dr. Bilder teaches a course on The Biology of

Dr. Bilder

Aging. at Gwynedd Mercy University, and has written a textbook on the topic.  Topics included:

  • Fundamental understanding of why and how we age.
  • What can be done to minimize its effects.
  • The potential of caloric restriction (CR).

Dr. Bilder received a  PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published widely.  She conducted pharmaceutical research for GlaxoSmithKline, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and other organizations. .  Her text  “Human Biological Aging:  From Macromolecules to Organ Systems”   John Wiley & Sons  was published in 2016.

The audience

Though not specifically about hearing loss. we are well aware of its association with the aging process.

Our next meeting, on June 5, will feature Tim Elbertson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety

He will speak about emergency preparedness, including the Smart  911 system.
Further details here closer to the date.

Read the full presentation abstract of Dr. Bilder’s presentation:

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April Meeting – CaptionCall – Update

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis, CaptionCall Account Manager, spoke about the Federally-funded captioning phone service established under the ADA. She demonstrated captioning on both the CaptionCall phone and CaptionCall Mobile on an iPad, and answered a wide-ranging variety of questions about the service.

The CART transcript is available on request to hlaamcc@gmail.com

Some of our members will see Spamalot at the UPTOWN Theater in West Chester on 4/6, with spcific interest in the newly installed loop system there.

HLAA-PA Lunch and Learn will be at the Radisson Valley Forge on April 30.  Details at http://hlaa-pa.org/   The speaker will be  Stephen Eliades M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of Otorhinolaryngology, head & neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He will discuss “Cochlear Implants: Where Are We, How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Going?”

Jim Saunders described his experience with the Bose Hearphones, which is mentioned in a recent New Yorker article:

At our next meeting, Glenda Bilder will discuss The Biology of Aging.  Dr. Bilder teaches the topic at Gwynedd Mercy College.

Further details soon.

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March Meeting – Round Table – Update

Chapter Vice President Andy Walker led a wide ranging discussion of problems in dealing with hearing loss, with a focus on solutions.  Major topics included:

  • Television captioning:  how and when it works, how to use it, where to complain when it doesn’t.  Many comments about accuracy, and timing.  Not discussed, but worth mentioning is the readability  of captions on the screen.  Many TV’s allow control of the size and color of the text, and background color – solid, transparent, semi=transparent, etc. This can make a big difference in readability.
  • Using the telephone:  T-coil operation and various other means of direct audio input to the HA or CI.
  • The value of alerting others to your hearing loss.
  • Remote microphones of many types.





Attendees numbered 18, and included 4 visitors.

Important announcements:

  • Contributions have been made to the Jeanes Library and UPTOWN Theater in West Chester.  A number of members will see Spamalot at the UPTOWN next month, to experience their new loop system.
  • Applications are being received for two HLAA National Convention Scholarships, one in memory of former member Tony Finamore. The convention is in Salt Lake City in June.   Get the application form HERE
  • HLAA-PA Lunch & Learn on April 30 at the Radisson Valley Forge will be addressed by Steven Eliades, MD, PhD of Penn Medicine about cochlear implants. Get the registration form HERE
  • The 2017 Walk4Hearing will be on October 22 at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
  • HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park on July 16.  Save the date!
  • April 3 meeting –  CaptionCall Representative will speak.
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February Meeting MED-EL RECAP

Gidscn2284na Greco,  Consumer Outreach Manager at MED-EL spoke about  recent developments in cochlear implant technology at MED-EL.  She was joined by Pete Unger, a  MED-EL recipient , who spoke about his experience with hearing loss and the process of getting a cochlear implant.

Topics discussed included:Rondo, the all-in-one version of the MED-EL processordscn2288

  • EAS, the version that includes a conventional hearing aid function, for recipients with adequate low frequency hearing
  • MRI tolerance of the implant
  • Music appreciation with a cochlear implant
  • and many other questions.

Samples of implants and processors were available for inspection.


Chapter members approved a donation to the UPTOWN Theater in West Chester in support of the hearing loop systems being installed there.

The CART transcript is available on request to hlaamcc@gmail.com

Two Scholarships in support of attendance at the HLAA National Convention is Salt Lake City in June are being offered by the State Office of HLAA.  One of them is in memory of former MontCo member Tony Finamore. The scholarships are in the amount of $500 each. The application deadline is April 10, and the application form is available online at hlaa-pa.org/docs/Scholarship2017.pdf

The March 6 meeting will be a round table discussion of specific problems and solutions for dealing with hearing loss, and will be led by Vice-President Andy Walker.

At 5:30 at the Jeanes Library in Lafayette Hill.  The loop system will be used.

As always, visitors are welcome.

Please join us.

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