Spring 2023

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In the Spring issue of Hearing Life, HLAA board member Larry Guterman’s cover story, Mission Possible: The Sky’s the Limit for Disability Inclusion, details a fascinating zero-gravity flight to test accessibility in space, featuring K. Renee Horton, Ph.D., our HLAA 2023 Convention keynote speaker. We profile audiologist Janice Trent, who provides accessible hearing care to underserved communities of color outside the nation’s capital. Two long-time HLAA members share how cochlear implants changed their lives. Find out how the Walk4Hearing community brought together a young girl with hearing loss and her deaf rescue dog. Join us in the Big Easy this June at the Convention to enjoy a variety of educational, research and social activities, and explore New Orleans. Plus, the latest news on HLAA programs, chapters and advocacy, book reviews and more.

A Note From Our Executive Director

By HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley

All the World’s a Stage.

Mission Possible: The Sky’s the Limit for Disability Inclusion

By Larry Guterman

On December 15, 2022, 14 disability ambassadors, including NASA’s Dr. K. Renee Horton—the keynote speaker for HLAA’s upcoming Convention—boarded a zero-gravity flight to test accessibility in space.

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By HLAA Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin

HLAA Fights for the Next Step in Communications Accessibility.

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Health Care Communication Access

By Shawn Norris

Ensuring Communication Access in Health Care for Patients with Hearing Loss.

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Audiologist Spotlight: Janice Trent, Au.D., Focuses on Underserved Communities

By HLAA Director of Strategic Communications Meredith Resnick

Dr. Trent’s practice is in an area that she calls “a melting pot of people from all over the world,” in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She wanted to provide accessible hearing care to all, but particularly to underserved communities of color.

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By Katherine Bouton and Jerry Bergman

Chapter Improves Accessibility in New York City.

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Cochlear Implants Changing Lives

By HLAA Communications Specialist Teri Breier

In honor of International CI Day on February 25, we asked Lisa Yuan and Malik B. El-Amin, two long-time Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) members and cochlear implant (CI) users, to share their personal stories with us.

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Walk4Hearing Leads Rescue Dog Home

By HLAA Director of Strategic Communications Meredith Resnick

A 12-year-old former Walk4Hearing ambassador has a lot in common with a fluffy rescue dog who needed a home. Learn how the Walk4Hearing community of support brought them together.

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By HLAA Walk4Hearing Senior Manager Ronnie Adler and HLAA Walk4Hearing Manager Ann Rancourt

Together, We’re Bringing Hope to Hearing Loss.

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Book Nook

By Larry Herbert

Coming to Our Senses: A Boy Who Learned to See, a Girl Who Learned to Hear, and How We All Discover the World.

How to Communicate: Poems

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Join Us in the Big Easy!

By HLAA Meeting Planner Melissa Kruse

Come join us at the HLAA 2023 Convention in New Orleans this June! You’ll enjoy three action-packed days filled with educational workshops, demonstrations, the Exhibit Hall, Welcome Back Bash, and the Research Symposium. It’s the largest event of its kind designed to empower people with hearing loss.

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New Orleans Beyond Mardi Gras

By HLAA Meeting Planner Melissa Kruse

Take a look a the city of New Orleans, beyond the excitement of the popular festival. HLAA’s meeting planner shows us her favorite things to do in the Big Easy, all in proximity to our Convention hotel.

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