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JUL:AUG 2013 E-Newsletter - Hearing Loss Association of Florida

JUL:AUG 2013 E-Newsletter - Hearing Loss Association of Florida

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, FLORIDA STATE ASSOCIATION ISSUE NO. 40! JULY/AUGUST 2013 Convention Photo Gallery - Florida Edition - part 4 Nancy Macklin with her tattoo Max Maxfield, Juliëtte Sterkens, Kathy Borzell, Tim Boyd, Rosemary Tuite (with Lady and Janet) Debbie Mohney and Jim Diaz Kelley family - Bill, Patrick and Barbara Walt and Aimee Ivey wait for the train to take them to the airport. ! Floridaʼs Voice for Hearing Loss • www.hla-fl.org • www.facebook.com/HLAAFlorida ! 16

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, FLORIDA STATE ASSOCIATION ISSUE NO. 40! JULY/AUGUST 2013 Dr. Dave receives Oticonʼs Focus on People Award for Advocacy Dr. David Myers extended his appreciation with the following remarks at the awards luncheon. He has long been a friend to HLAA, particularly to Florida when, in November 2007, he came to spread the word about hearing loops before they were barely known in this state. Dr. David Myers Thank you, Oticon . . . for shining your light on our grassroots effort to transform American assistive listening. . . . In 1999, while worshiping at Scotland's Iona Abbey, I could not understand the reverb e r a t i n g words. My wife, noticing a heari n g l o o p sign, nudged me to turn on the telecoils in my new aids. The instant result was a stunningly clear voice speaking from the center of my head I was on the verge of tears. In our subsequent UK sojourns, I have seen hearing loops spread to cathedrals and churches, to auditoriums, and to service points, such as ticket windows, post offices, and all London taxis. Back home, I installed hearing loops in my home and office, enabling my TV and phone to broadcast wonderfully clear sound through my aids. As you well know, other technologies also connect people to their phones and TVs. Where hearing loops excel, and complement proprietary wireless technologies, is in public settings. And that is the focus of our national hearing loop movement, which aims to double hearing instrument functionality—by enabling aids and implants to serve as wireless speakers for the broadcast of sound in public venues. Thanks to a growing army of volunteer advocates and professional installers, we now have thousands of recently looped venues. · Some are small, such as New York City's 450 subway booths, all its future taxis, and likely all future U.S. passenger rail and subway cars, · Some are bigger, such as worship places, auditoriums, and now this room. · And some are huge, such as airports and Michigan State Universitys basketball arena. The advantages of these hearing loops include · their simplicity of use. They are directly hearing aid compatible, with no need to seek out or fuss with extra equipment. · their affordability—thanks to the virtually free telecoil. · their energy efficiency—with no hearing aid battery power consumed. · their scalability—from pharmacy counters to arenas, and, most importantly, · their universality—their working in public places for potentially any hearing instrument wearer in any country. So on behalf of my fellow hearing advocates, I encourage you who are hearing care providers to support this hearing assistance movement · by installing a demonstration hearing loop in your office, · by giving your patients telecoils, and · by educating both your patients and your community And I encourage you, Oticon and your sister companies, to continue supporting our effort to double the usefulness of hearing instruments—by designing and marketing aids with telecoils in a loop-friendly orientation. Given the support of hearing consumers, of hearing professionals, and of the hearing industry, I envision a transformed future . . . · a future with a universal wireless receiver—a telecoil—in virtually every hearing instrument, · a future where demand will grow for hearing aids, which will serve as customized, wireless speakers in all sorts of public venues, · a future where doubly useful Joan Haber, then chair of the FCCDHH, Dr. Dave, leading hearing loop expert, and Judy Martin, FCCDHH Wannabe, joined together for breakfast before his presentation to the Council in November 2007. hearing aids for challenged ears will become as commonplace as glasses for challenged eyes, and, therefore, · a future where the hearing industry and those it serves will all flourish. And I thank you all for collaborating with those of us in the hearing loss community to make that dream come true. –David G. Myers Oticon Focus on People Awards Luncheon May 16, 2013 ! Floridaʼs Voice for Hearing Loss • www.hla-fl.org • www.facebook.com/HLAAFlorida ! 17

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