Fall 2021


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In this issue of Hearing Life, Army veteran Katherine Yocom-Delgado shares the story of her hearing loss in Serving My County. Hearing Loop advocate Stephen Frazier sings the praises of New York City and its dedication to providing hearing access with hearing loops, neckloops and telecoils in New York City—One Helluva Town for People with Hearing Loss. In A Sound Approach to Sports, golf pro Herb Rubenstein explains how listening carefully can enhance our enjoyment of sports and our performance in sports. David Seligman discusses the trying moments between a husband with hearing loss paired with his wife with no hearing loss in Listening for Two. Casey Bloom shares seven tips to help you navigate your way through the employment process in Tips for Job Seekers with Hearing Loss. Alison Freeman explores the issues of identity and hearing loss in Who am I? What am I? Identity Issues of the College Student with Hearing Loss. In Back Together Again! HLAA 2022 Convention in Person in Tampa, Amanda Watson shares some details about next year’s convention. And finally, Omoba Clement Aladeloye presents his poem about hearing loss, An Idiot, One Year After.


Hearing Health Never Takes a Holiday

By HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley

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Ways to Make an Impact

By HLAA Director of Development Marilyn DiGiacobbe
and HLAA Development Manager Alissa Peruzzini

You can make a difference in the lives of people with hearing
loss; there are many ways you can contribute. With your support,
we are educating people about hearing technologies, advocating
for communication access and affordable hearing care and
reaching more people who need our help.

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Serving My County

By Katherine Yocom-Delgado

Growing up the daughter of a teacher and a granddaughter of a preacher, the author always had a calling to serve. She wanted to stand next to her sisters and brothers in arms and fight until she could not anymore—even if it meant hiding her pain and injuries.

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New York City—One Helluva Town for People with Hearing Loss

By Stephen O. Frazier

New Yorkers and visitors with hearing loss can find almost any type of service or attractions that offer them hearing access using hearing loops or neckloops and telecoils. As a dedicated hearing loop advocate, the author shares his experiences in the Big Apple.

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HLAA, the FCC and You

By HLAA Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin

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Walk With Us Toward Better Hearing

By Walk Staff

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A Sound Approach to Sports

By Herb Rubenstein

Did you know that having excellent hearing can help you watch, understand and play sports for fun, as well as improve your sports performance and ability to compete? When we listen carefully, we can hear important cues that can help us enhance our enjoyment of sports, improve our sports performance and play sports with less pain and effort.

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Listening for Two

By David Seligman

Often, we think a spouse with or without hearing loss must have issues related to conversations. A husband with hearing loss paired with his wife with no hearing loss have trying moments as they engage in the daily life routines of a happily married couple.

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Tips for Job Seekers with Hearing Loss

By Casey Bloom

Job hunting is a nerve-wracking experience on its own, so imagine how much harder it is for people with hearing loss. Finding work can be frustrating, especially if they encounter discrimination or lack of support. Here are seven tips to help you navigate your way through the employment process.

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HLAA Chapters—Hearing Loops for Veterans: My Experience

By Jim Rau

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Book Nook

Review by Larry Herbert

Of Sound Mind—How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World
By Nina Kraus

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Health Care Communication Access

By Kelly Tremblay and Margaret Wallhagen

Interprofessional Help for Hearing Updates and Initiatives

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Who am I? What am I? Identity Issues of the College Student with Hearing Loss

By Alison Freeman

Exploring one’s identity is an important part of a student’s emotional development and academic growth. For students with hearing loss, exploring identity can be even more complex. It is one where the student asks whether, “Am I hard of hearing, deaf, Deaf or bicultural?”

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Back Together Again! HLAA 2022 Convention In Person in Tampa

By HLAA Meeting Planner Amanda Watson

HLAA is excited to present the HLAA 2022 Convention in beautiful Tampa, Florida, all held under one roof at the brand new JW Marriot Tampa Water Street. Come join us at the most communication accessible convention for people with hearing loss.

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An Idiot, One Year After…

Poem by Omoba Clement Aladeloye

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