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Celebrate With Us!

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / May 10, 2024
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May is Better Hearing Month—Celebrate With Us!   To Participate — Simply follow these four steps below.   HLAA will share selected posts throughout the month on its social media channels, so be creative and inspiring! We  also encourage you to celebrate Better Hearing Month with us by sharing it with your chapters/state organizations via social…

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R.I.P. Flo Innes

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / January 21, 2024
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HLAA 2022 Awards Ceremony

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / October 23, 2022
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Download full PDF Watch on YouTube   Honoring HLAA’s Finest! HLAA 2022 Awards Ceremony BY CARLA BEYER-SMOLIN After a two-year pause, we were thrilled to honor HLAA National, State, and Chapter award recipients in person. Deanna P. Baker, RMR, FAPR, Arizona, received our highest honor, the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her career-long…

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The Emotional Side of Hearing Loss

By Richard Pocker / July 12, 2022
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The wonderful idea to establish a Facebook platform where people may express their emotions came from three hearing-impaired individuals. After months of debate, Richard Pocker, Mary Grace Whalen, and Robin Chisholm-Seymour got together and published Hearing Loss: The Emotional Side at the beginning of June. They obviously struck a chord because they currently have 1000+…

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WHAT A CANDIDATE FOR A COCHLEAR IMPLANT NEEDS TO KNOW

By Richard Pocker / July 12, 2022
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When hearing loss is too severe to be helped with a hearing aid, a cochlear implant might be suggested. It can be a frightening experience. This book is designed to help the candidate navigate the process and dispel some of the misconceptions about cochlear implants. You can learn more at https://cochlearimplantbasics.com/  

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R.I.P. Edward F. Ogiba

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / July 12, 2022
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R.I.P. Edward F. Ogiba     It is with great sorrow that the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) announces the passing of Ed Ogiba, one of its long time and influential members, in June of 2022. Ed served on the HLAA Florida Advisory Board, the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Board of Trustees,…

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Recommended Paperback – Sounds of the Heart

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / July 6, 2022
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Sounds of the Heart: A Story of a HearStrong Champion Persisting Against All Odds Paperback – April 18, 2022 Get the book, or read more here. We recommend!   by Dr. Latisha Porter-Vaughn(Author)   When you’ve fallen and the odds against you say “stay down,” the question is… How hard will you fight to get up again?…

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Opportunities for Hearing Help in Florida

By Linda Bilodeau / May 8, 2022
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Meandering Through the Hearing World Opportunities for Hearing Help in Florida   Recently, the Florida State Chapter held their November board meeting. A link to the meeting was sent to those in the Florida State Chapter email directory.  I encourage you to watch this very informative meeting. If you did not receive a link to…

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The Broad View of Hearing

By Linda Bilodeau / May 5, 2022
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Meandering Through the Hearing World The Broad View of Hearing   From my home in Southwest Florida, I immediately felt the jubilation after virtually entering the  Florida Hearing Loss Association of America hybrid meeting held in the Sarasota library on the morning of April 27. This was the first in-person meeting held in two years.…

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You gotta watch this MOVIE –

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / April 30, 2022
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  https://www.hearingloss.org/the-power-of-coda/   The Power of “CODA” April 5, 2022 Categories: Blog, HLAA, HLAA Blog, News, Newsroom By Carrie Johnson, Senior Communications Manager, Hearing Loss Association of America The Apple TV+ film “CODA” captured the hearts of many and was recognized as Best Picture at the Oscars. The Oscars are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.…

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