January / February 2016

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January / February 2016

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In This Issue . . .

All in This Together – A Family United by the Walk4Hearing
By Anna Bella and Suzanne D’Amico
Stanley and Gina Thomas didn’t plan for hearing loss when their daughter Giana was born prematurely at 36 weeks.

Walk4Hearing – Looking Back, Stepping Forward!
By Ronnie Adler and Audrey Fox

The HLAA Walk4Hearing enters its eleventh year with thousands of folks walking coast to coast. We are kicking off the 2016 Walk4Hearing season in this issue.

Ears and Balance: Tips for Healthy and Independent Living
By Chizuko Tamaki
Here’s an explanation of how balance works and how our ears play an important role in our balance function.  Then, some risk factors for falls and tips for good balance.

Hearing Loss and Cognition: Are They Related?
By Diana Callesano    
Our ears are responsible for capturing sounds in an environment and sending that information up to higher auditory centers in our brain.

The Psychology of Managing Tinnitus                   
By Michael A. Harvey
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present and is often associated with hearing loss.  

Historic Changes Coming for Access to Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones
By Lise Hamlin and Dave Hutcheson             
Here’s a report on HLAA’s success on making more cell phones compatible for people with hearing loss.

HLAA and IFHOH – A Winning Combination This June
By Nancy Macklin
Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital city, will welcome attendees from across the globe for the 31st HLAA Convention and 2016 Congress of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH).

Make Your Hearing Loss Visible -- Medical Communication Access Strategies for Patients with Hearing Loss
By Richard Herring and Valerie Stafford-Mallis       
Are you or a loved one anticipating a visit to the hospital or the doctor’s office? If so, this article is for you.

To Hear or Not to Hear
By Gloria Raskin
No one is going to put this “author on a shelf!”

PCAST Report
HLAA responds to the report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.