March 4 Meeting – Update

In spite of Winter Storm Scott, several dozen members and visitors heard MontCo Chris Doigmember Chris Doig discuss smartphone and tablet apps of interest to the hearing loss community..  She is a graduate of the N-CHATT program run by the HLAA national office, and will explain the nature of that program.

After a general presentation, members worked in small groups to explore examples of these software offerings, with varying degrees of success.

Please find Chris Doig’s listing of useful smartphone and tablet apps here:   UsingApps-1

AudienceTech Notes:
I dug out some details about Tunity, after some mystery about how it works:
Tunity depends on an internet connection, either WiFi or cellular data.  In effect, it’s like using your phone to call the TV station and receiving the audio that way..  The question is “Who you gonna call?”, and that’s where the phone’s camera has to identify the station by pattern recognition.  That is the “scan” step, which some have found troublesome. Apparently a TV that is always tuned to a certain channel can be provided with a scannable QR or bar code to identify it.  The ultimate would be to have the audio piped into speech-to-text app, but will have to wait.
I got Tunity to work without much difficulty, but couldn’t get the sound to sync anywhere close to correct.
A note about terminology:
The word “app” is short for “application”, which in computerese means software that does something useful on your computer, like writing letters, displaying pictures, browsing the internet etc. For the most part, the term “app” has come to mean an “application”  that runs on a tablet or smartphone, generally by themselves, without going through a browser, e.g.  Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, etc.  Some applications have app versions, and some do not.  The discussion included and, which don’t have app versions, as far as I know, but can be run on a smartphone or tablet, through a browser.  The “app” makes it simpler.

–Don Groff


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February 4 Meeting – Recap

Cheryl Deitz, Outreach Coordinator for Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Services (Hamilton Relay) discussed the many services provided by Pennsylvania Relay, many of which go well beyond the familiar captioned telephone service used by many of the group

Cheryl Deitz at MontCo HLAA

There 22 in attendance, inducing a number of first-time visitors.

Hamilton Relay provides traditional relay services for Pennsylvania including

  • TTY,
  • Voice Carry Over (VCO)
  • Hearing Carry Over (HCO)
  • Speech-to-Speech (STS)
  • Spanish-to-Spanish
  • CapTel®.

You can find more details about these services at

Cheryl suggested a YouTube video that illustrates the Speech to Speech function.

For our March 4 meeting, MontCo member Chris Doig will speak about new developments in remote microphone technology.

Please join us. As always, visitors are welcome.

At the Jeanes Library, 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444, 5:30 p.m., March 4, 2019




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December Meeting – Party – Update

There were 20 in attendance at the party, including a few visitors.  Members contributed a variety of food and drink.

Chris Doig demonstrated a Roger Pen system to a number of members

HLAAMCC does not meet in January.  Our next meeting will be on February 4, 2019, at which time Jim Saunders will speak on research into hearing restoration.

Further details here closer to that date.

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November 5 Meeting – Resound

Michael Hahn, Regional Sales Manager for GN Resound will speak about advances in hearing aid technology.  He will be discussing Resound products, and how to get the most out of them and their accompanying apps, including wireless technology.

There will be a brief business meeting to approve a budget for the year and update the standing rules for the chapter.

As always, visitors are welcome.

At the Jeanes Library, 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

5:30 p.m

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October Meeting – Recap

Our October 1 meeting was a discussion of the last year and plans for the coming year.  A wide range of topics was discussed by the 13 attendees.

Elected New Officers:

  • Andy Walker, President,
  • Chris Doig,  Vice-President
  • Cathie Harvey,  Treasurer
  • Kathy Harral, Secretary

Hearing assistance at area theaters was a major topic.

Many members will participate in the Walk4Hearing on October 21 at the Navy Yard.

Several members described their experiences at the HLAA convention in Minneapolis

The HLAA-PA booth at the Farm Show in January 2019 always welcomes help, and some MontCo members have participated in recent years.

For our November meeting, Michael Hahn, Regional Sales Manager for GN Resound will speak about advances in hearing aid technology.  Further details here closer to the date.
Novemer 5 , 2018 at 5:30

Jeanes Library
4051 Joshua Road
Lafayette Hil, PA 19444

Our December 3 meeting will be the traditional holiday party.

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September Meeting Cancelled

MontCo HLAA will not meet in September. Our normal September meeting date, the second (rather than the first) Monday falls in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The following Monday is not available because of the book sale at Jeanes Library, and the following Monday is just one week before our October 1 meeting.

Election of new officers will take place at that October 1 meeting. Other details closer to the date.

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Picnic – July 15 Fort Washington State Park – Recap

The weather forecast of ‘scattered showers’ gave way to heavy rain, more than an inch, in the morning.  A further forecast of clearing skies was borne out, and some 20 attendees enjoyed the afternoon the the MH-3 pavilion. 

Picnic organizer Kathy Harral in the hat.

 There were a number of attendees from other than the hosting Montgmoery County chapter.  Per tradition, there was a wide variety of food and drink available, some of it made possible by a generous contribution from the Chester County chapter.

The MontCo chapter does not meet in August.

Our next meeting will be on September 10, not our usual first Monday of the month, which is already taken for September.  It will be a planning and organizational meeting for the year,  and will include election of new officers. Candidates are:  Andy Walker, President; Chris Doig; Vice President; and Cathie Harvey, Treasurer.  The position of Secretary has not been occupied for some years, but a candidate would be welcome.

Many thanks to the organizers: Kathy Harral, Patty Cortez, Diana Bender, and to all who contributed in some way and attended.  A very nice afternoon.



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June Meeting – Audiology Education – Recap

Leah Castrovince,  Au.D. spoke at our June 4 meeting.    A New Jersey native, she did her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, then received her doctorate in audiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is now finishing a year of externship at Temple University.

Externship involves full-time on-site training to polish clinical skills and employ everything that was taught in the classroom. Dr. Castrovince went into considerable detail as to what this process entails, and her personal journey through graduate school, what the expectations and clinical training is like. She discussed the  differences in clinical training between programs and other hearing healthcare professions, and a few things to keep in mind as educated healthcare consumers going forward.

Temple faculty member Eric Bostwick, Au.D. also participated in the presentation.

A lively discussion of these topics followed her presentation.

There were 21 in attendance.

The CART transcript is available on request to hlaamcc(at)

Our July event will be a picnic at Fort Washington State Park on July 15.  Details here later.

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May 7 Meeting – Dr. Judith Curtin

At our May 7 meeting, Dr. Judith Curtin spoke about the psychological aspects of hearing loss. She is a AAA Board Certified audiologist and a ASHA certified speech pathologist, well qualified to speak on this topic. She  provided strategies that help minimize its

Dr. Curtin

impact.  A wide-ranging discussion followed her presentation.

Dr. Curtin is a faculty member of West Chester University since 2000 and formerly its Hearing Clinic Coordinator. She guest-lectures at other similar institutions. She is a former Chair for Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

You can read more about Dr. Curtin  HERE .

A CART transcript of the meeting is available on request to hlaamcc(-at-)

At our June 4 meeting, a panel of audiology students from Temple University will discuss their backgrounds, training at Salus, and plans for the future.

Save the date  July 15  for the HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park.  All HLAA chapter members, friends, and family are invited.

Further details here closer to that date.

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April 2 Meeting – N-CHATT Presentation — Update

At our  April meeting, MontCo member Chris Doig spoke about  Multiple Microphone hearing assistance systems.  The topic deals with one of the most frustrating situations for those of us with hearing loss; listening to a number of people in a noisy environment.  There are a number of remote microphones available, and they can help to hear one person, but they don’t work well for more than one.

She brought examples of several multi-mike systems. It was clear that extending hearing assistance beyond a single remote microphone involves a considerable  increase in complexity and cost, but the results may be worth it. There were seventeen in attendance.

Chris is a recent graduate of the N-CHATT program of the the HLAA national office, and has extensive experience with hearing assistance technology.  Her presentation is derived from that program.  Her PowerPoint file contains many references and links to equipment suppliers.  It is available on request to

For our May 7 meeting, Dr. Judith Curtin will speak about psychological aspects of hearing loss.  She a faculty member at West Chester University, an audiologist and  speech pathologist, with broad experience with many aspects of hearing loss.

There will be CART for her presentation, and the loop system will be used.

As always, visitors are welcome.

June 4:  A panel of audiology students from Salus University

July 15:  HLAA picnic at Fort Washington State Park.


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