HATs Off to Technology; Helping People With Hearing Loss

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hearing-loss-assocA special demonstration of technology to help people with hearing loss to hear better will be presented by five members of the HAT Committee (Hearing Assistive Technology) at the Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of HLAA on “HATs Off to Technology,” Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712. Gordon Langsam will talk about the Williams Sound Pocketalker personal amplifier, Peg Heglund will relate how important her Pocketalker was for a recent hospital stay. Herb Balkind, will speak on the Williams Sound Motiva 360 FM system, George Costello will speak on TV ears, and Dr. Bill Busch will talk about neck loops, TV listening devices and Fire Alarm devices.

All of these devices and more are available in the hearing assistive technology (HAT) demonstrations held the third Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva, Lakewood, CA 90712.

The committee will discuss and show Pocketalkers and the Motiva 360 FM system, which are personal amplifiers that enable people to hear in a lot of difficult situations; TV systems to enable you to hear your television better at home; Neck loops for different hearing situations to be used with your hearing aid T-Coils (Telephone coil); and Special Fire Alarm Alerting Devices (that will help you hear your fire alarm when you are asleep.

All meetings are captioned with CART. No reservations are necessary and admission is free. For more information, please call 562-438-0597 or visit www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org. Light refreshments are served.

Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter is a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to help survive in a hearing world. HLAA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, CA.

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