November Listen!Up (Page 1)

November 2017


The November Chapter Meeting is


due to the Election Board’s use of the meeting room.

“All Things 911 and Emergencies”

With our IRMA experience and the wild fires in California in our recent memory, this is an excellent time to become knowledgeable on how to prepare for the next disaster.

Our speaker is Sherilyn Burris, MPA FPEM CEM, Emergency Management Chief at Manatee County Government.

She will discuss preparation for the list of disasters below with information on special services and technology assistance for those of us with hearing loss.

  • Tropical storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornados
  • Severe weather
  • Flooding
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Technological events
  • Man-made events
  • Gas line explosions
  • Multiple casualty events
  • Freeze warnings
  • Oil spills or other environmental emergencies
  • Homeland security


Anne Taylor, a former French teacher, is a certified Peer Mentor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Anne, who enjoys hearing with two cochlear implants, has been a Chapter Trustee for five years and has been a member of HLAA since 2009. She moved to Venice, FL from Atlanta, where she served as the HLAA Chapter Coordinator. She currently writes a hearing loss related monthly column for the Venice Gondolier entitled “Hear This” which has been republished in Listen!Up the past three years.

President’s Message

Hello Everyone,

Hearing technology has come a long way in the last few years.

I, for one, am very thankful that we do not need to use the old trumpet-horn, which could not have been helpful. Do you remember the three-piece body aids which made rustling noises? Many of us wore bulky analogue hearing aids which were somewhat helpful, but limited. They needed to be adjusted with a screw driver.

Now we are privileged to live in an age where digital hearing aids are smaller and work effectively for many of us. The digital hearing aids have many features such as multi-directional microphone systems, digital noise reduction, impulse noise reduction, feedback management systems, telecoil, FM compatibility, Bluetooth compatibility and can be computer-adjusted.

What can we say about the miracle of cochlear implants? Cochlear implants bypass the damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Signals generated by the implant are sent by way of the auditory nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound. Cochlear implants do not cure deafness, but – by giving a sense of hearing – have brought the profoundly deaf people back into the hearing world.

The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, support and advocacy.

Together, we members will continue to reach out to the 145,000 folks with hearing loss in our community.

We are a team. TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More.

Anne Taylor, President
Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota/Manatee
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November 1 at 1:30 PM [Note date change]

“All Things 911 and Emergencies”

Our speaker, the Manatee County Emergency Director, Sherilynn Burris, has three degrees including a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University.

Her responsibilities include coordination with Sarasota, Hillsborough and other adjacent counties as well as statewide coordination for all disasters.

This meeting will update us with special services available for the hard of hearing and strategies to deal with many disasters listed on the cover of this month’s Listen!Up.


Dr. Lisa Turner, Au. D., of Advanced Diagnostics and Hearing Solutions in Brandon spoke about “Hearing and the Aging Brain”.

She reviewed the relationship of loss of hearing with cognitive loss and explained why with slides and medical research conclusions.

Her presentation was well received and questions and comments continued until the library staff had to evict us. Presentations, as always, are on the cutting edge of medical advancements and technology.

Dr. Tanner’s concern for patients and stress for follow-up by any hearing specialist was explained and one of the reasons Chapter co-founder Flo Innes declared Dr. Tanner to be #1 in patient care.

Some members of the Board and Dr. Tanner began the October 13 “Happy Hour” a little early!


“After Hours” is the evening Chapter meeting for members and guests who are unable to attend during the day. Of course, all members and guests are welcome!

Board member Dr. Lyndsey Nalu will speak on “Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline”. She will discuss the correlation between hearing loss and dementia and also discuss how treating your loss can lower the risk of cognitive decline.

Our last meeting on May 2 was a presentation entitled “Vestibular and Balance Disorders” presented by Dr. Jack Wazen, MD, FACS. It was well attended and members and guests left with credits toward a medical degree and lots of good information. Dr. Wazen, as always, made the complex understandable.

Dr. Nalu received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and her doctor of audiology degree from ACAE accredited Central Michigan University. She completed her clinical residency at Michigan Ear Institute, where she trained alongside leading neurotologists and audiologists.

Dr. Nalu is the owner of Adept Audiology, LLC, a private practice located in Lakewood Ranch, FL. She specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, detection of outer, middle and inner ear pathologies, and advanced digital hearing aid fittings. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of audiologic counseling, aural rehabilitation, and assessment of bone anchored hearing devices.

Tuesday, November 14, at 6:00 PM
Centers for Arts and Humanities
1226 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota


Dr. Lyndsey Nalu chairs our “After Hours” meetings.

The meetings are held at 6:00 PM at the Centers for Arts and Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

On September 5, we had an outstanding presentation by Dr. Kyle Allen, MD, MPH, an Otologist, Neurotologist, and Skull Based Surgeon with the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center in Tampa.

Allen covered the advantages and disadvantages of each cochlear company’s product: Phonak’s Advanced Bionics, MED-EL’s Maestro, and Cochlear’s Nucleus 6, as well as technology for future models under review by the FDA.

Dr. Allen spoke about eligibility testing and answered questions on many areas of his ENT expertise.

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