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IN THIS ISSUE … We unveil the new name for our award winning magazine. A magazine’s name has to do so much more than let people know what it’s about. It has to have meaning, and not just to current readers, but to prospective ones who could also benefit from it. So it has to have broad appeal, it needs to be relevant (both now and looking to the future), compelling, and unique. But most of all, it has to grab someone’s attention and be memorable. And it has to do all that in two or three words.

Living the Life!

By Barbara Kelley

We don’t make changes cavalierly here at HLAA, so when we do, it’s with the vision of looking forward.


A Prelude to Sound

By Mike Gannon

What if you believed you could defy what everyone around you claimed was impossible? Mike Gannon did just that.

The Hearing Paradigm

By Scott Kingdon

The hearing paradigm is the expectation that words said amount to words heard. So how do people with hearing loss counteract its effects?

Are Fitness Classes Putting Your Hearing at Risk?

By Lauren Conte

The dangers of loud music in fitness classes could outweigh the benefits.

Finding My Confidence

By Sean McElwee

“Born this Way” star Sean McElwee doesn’t let obstacles get in his way. With his Baha, he can continue doing what he loves.

Social Security Benefits for People with Hearing Loss

By Deanna Power

If you or a loved one are unable to work because of a hearing loss there could be financial help available through the Social Security Administration.

Letter from the Editor: What’s in a Name?

By Dave Hutcheson


Message from the Chairperson of the Board: Getting to Know Your HLAA Board of Trustees

By Don Doherty

Advocacy: When a Complaint Means More Than Just Complaining: The Continuing Saga

By Lise Hamlin

Chapters: Personal Safety Training for People with Hearing Loss

By Joseph J. Marchese

HLAA2018 Convention: Minneapolis: A Charming City by Nature

By Niaz Siasi

Walk4Hearing: A Look Back at the 2017 Walk4Hearing

By Ronnie Adler and Ann Rancourt

Corporate Partner: Lifetone Technology – What If Your Smoke Alarm Doesn’t Wake You Up?

Lifetone Technology