Veterans and their families are invited to join monthly Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter (VAAVC) meetings which are free and captioned. The VAAVC meets online every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please check upcoming meetings and view past meeting recordings below.

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Recordings


June 16, 2020

Photo of Brad Ingrao, Au.D.

Guest Speaker:
Brad Ingrao, Au.D.

Topic:
Thank you for your service: A review of V.A. hearing services

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest single customer of the hearing aid industry. While there is a great deal of variability between VA locations, there are some standardized benefits and procedures that All Veterans are eligible to improve hearing and communication. This presentation presents a brief review of VA benefits followed by an open Question and Answer session for Veterans and their families.

Brad Ingrao has been involved with HLAA since 1988 while still in his undergraduate program. He has worked in private practice, for the hearing aid industry, at the VA and has taught at three universities. He has presented at HLAA chapters all over the US as well as national webinars and conventions. Dr. Ingrao is known as an early adopter of technologies, a computer geek and an author and lecturer who makes complex topics understandable. He has been around hearing loss all of his life and has several family members with hearing loss.

May 19, 2020


Guest Speaker:

Jennifer Schuck, FAPR, RDR, CRC, CRR

Topic:
Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning

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Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning is the only organization that has as their specific mission to be the leading professional authority on speech-to-text captioning, representing all captioners, consumers and industry.

Jennifer Schuck is president of Caption Pros, and provides captioning for any venue, no matter how large or how small. She is committed to providing the best captioning for every consumer, whether one-on-one or in a convention center. She has served as a member and chairperson of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) CART Community of Interest Committee, a member of the NCRA Certified Realtime Captioner Certification Committee, and chair of the Arizona Court Reporters Association’s CART committee. She co-chaired the NCRA Captioning Ethics Task Force which created the ethical guidelines for captioners. Most recently, she was appointed Treasurer of the Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning.

April 21, 2020

Guest Speaker:
Lindsay Shroyer, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, PASC, clinical audiologist, Arizona Hearing and Balance Center, a division of Valley ENT

Topic:
Discovering Your Audiogram

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Dr. Shroyer received her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Louisville in 2012 following completion of a four year residential program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University. She completed her externship at Arizona Hearing and Balance Center and has been practicing since that time. Dr. Shroyer provides both pediatric and adult services including diagnostic testing, hearing aids, cochlear implant evaluations and mapping, Baha evaluations and programming and evoked potentials. She maintains a Dispensing Audiologist license from the state of Arizona is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

March 17, 2020

Guest Speaker:
Michael Kurth, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, Staff Audiologist, Twin Ports VA CBOC

Topic:
The Aural Rehabilitation Tree

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Michael Kurth is an audiologist working at the Twin Ports Clinic in Superior, Wisconsin. He has been with the VA for 3 years. Prior to the VA, he was working his PhD in Connecticut in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the area of aural rehabilitation (treatment for hearing loss). Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and bad movies.

February 18, 2020

Guest Speaker:
Tony Strong, Williams Sound AV

Topic:
Veterans with Hearing Loss, How You Can Make Life Better

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Tony W. Strong is the National Sales Manager for Williams Sound, a global designer and manufacturer of wireless communication technology serving personal and professional listening needs worldwide since 1976.  Tony is a hands on presenter who has worked in the Pro Audio industry for many years as an integrator, sound engineer and sales management professional.  He offers extensive experience speaking about the benefits of differing technologies for hearing assistance, ADA compliance and simultaneous interpretation in a multitude of applications.