• HLAA-CA 2016 Election Results

    by  • January 26, 2016

    The nominating committee of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association (HLAA-CA) is pleased to announce the results of the elections. Candidates Thibault Duchemin, Marjorie Iller, and Rachel Otto have been elected HLAA-CA trustees. Also, current HLAA-CA trustee and president, Zina Jawadi, has been reelected.

    The HLAA-CA nominating committee and the entire HLAA-CA board of trustees would like to welcome Thibault Duchemin, Marjorie Iller, and Rachel Otto to the board. The new trustees term officially begins at the start of the next annual HLAA-CA board meeting in March 2016. The HLAA-CA nominating committee and the entire HLAA-CA board of trustees would also like to thank the HLAA members in California who participated by voting.

    Please read more about the new trustees: Thibault Duchemin, Marjorie Iller, and Rachel Otto.

    Thibault Duchemin grew up the only hearing person in his family, helping his parents and sister get through the communication challenges associated with hearing loss and advocating, throughout his whole life, for his parents’ and sister’s rights in a society largely lacking of solutions to hearing loss problems. Engineer by training, with a Masters degree from UC Berkeley, Thibault has devoted recent years to creating radically innovative hearing loss accessibility solutions, founding the first speech recognition enabled group captioning system, named Ava, designed specifically to help people with hearing loss follow group conversations and business meetings. Thibault was named one of Inc.’s 2015 Top 50 Emerging Global Impact Entrepreneurs to Watch. Thibault lives in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

    Marjorie (Maggie) Iller was diagnosed at the age of four with severe, mixed (conductive and sensorineural), bilateral hearing loss. She grew up with hearing loss. Maggie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gallaudet College. She worked for 20...

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    Californians Walked Raising $26,948 and Awareness for Five Million Californians

    by  • November 4, 2015

    The Hearing Loss Association of America tenth annual Walk4Hearing in San Diego on Sunday, October 25, 2015, raised $26,948, increasing awareness about hearing loss.

    About 200 walkers from all over California participated in the walk, raising $26,948 for hearing loss support causes and surpassing the walk’s $25,000 goal. The walk was 5 K (3.1 miles). The San Diego walk was one of 23 events taking place across the nation in 2015. In addition to raising awareness, Walk4Hearing raises funds that are used in local communities. Since its inception in 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $9 million nationwide.

    HLAA, HLAA-CA, and Walk4Hearing would like to thank the following 2015 Walk4Hearing national sponsors for their support of this year’s walks:

    • Tenth Anniversary Sponsor: CapTel Captioned Telephone
    • Presenting Sponsor: MED-EL
    • Platinum Sponsor: hi HealthInnovations
    • Diamond Sponsor: IntriCon
    • Gold Sponsors: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, Hamilton CapTel, and Regal Entertainment Group

     
    San Diego Walk4Hearing local sponsors included:

    • Sonus Hearing Care Professionals
    • Mesa Chiropractic
    • Barry Reder, D.D.S.

     
    The top teams were:

    • San Diego Local Sponsors $5,200
    • Team Carleigh $3,115
    • Sonus Hearing Care Professionals $3,030
    • Cheering for Hearing
    • Cheering for Hearing – Emeline, Jack, & Quinn $2,875
    • D/HH Family Camp $2,345
    • Amir’s Mouseketeers $1,695
    • Caley’s Sparkly Warriors $1,200
    • Team San Diego $935
    • Team Viviann $720
    • Carlsbad Ohana $558
    • Team Tadpole $345
    • Team Whitman $205
    • Acoustic Neuroma San Diego $200
    • Team Rogers $180
    • Team Rickert $150
    • Team Aliyah $130

     
    The top walkers were:

    • San Diego Local Sponsors $5,200
    • Lynne Kinsey $2,830
    • Carleigh Lyon $1,585
    • Melanie Doyle $1,135
    • Emeline Guardenier $935
    • Jessica Farooqi $900
    • Jack Almond $795
    • Quinn Cannon $705
    • Corinne Brown $650
    • Providence Alvira $575
    • Mila Kaskovich $558
    • Syndi Lyon $545
    • Caley Cooper $525
    • Nasir Farooqi $500
    • Destinee Anglo $405
    • Desiree Vasquez $390
    • Charity Herrera $380
    • Dennis Doyle $360
    • Elaine Anderson $345
    • Christie Tafoki $300

     
    The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association (HLAA-CA) participated.…

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    Join us at the Walk4Hearing San Diego Sunday, October 25, 2015

    by  • October 17, 2015

    The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA) is proud to participate in the tenth annual Walk4Hearing in San Diego on Sunday, October 25, 2015, to increase awareness about hearing loss and to raise funds for hearing loss support.

    Hearing loss is an invisible and unrecognized public health issue that affects five million Californians. Hearing loss is on the rise. Two out of every thousand babies are born with hearing loss. Hearing loss is also increasing due to noise pollution and aging. Hearing loss causes isolation and depression. Unable to communicate, many people with hearing loss become shut-in hermits purely due to their hearing loss. In addition, there is a huge societal stigma about hearing loss. Some hearing loss may be treatable, and most people with hearing loss can be helped.

    Since its inception in 2006, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing has raised more than $6 million and has become the nation’s largest and fastest growing hearing loss fundraising and public awareness walk in the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers – children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between – form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss, and raise funds for hearing loss programs and services. In addition to increasing awareness, the funds raised by Walk4Hearing are used in local communities, for example to support communication access with CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), to underwrite grants for people with hearing loss to attend educational programs at the HLAA convention, to support student scholarships for college, to enhance outreach efforts, and to remove the stigma of hearing loss through education, information, support and advocacy....

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    HLAA-CA Exhibits at the CAA Conference in San Jose, California, on September 10-11, 2015

    by  • September 5, 2015

    The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA) is participating in the California Academy of Audiology (CAA) 16th Annual Statewide Conference at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, California, on September 10-11, 2015. HLAA-CA’s booth will provide information about HLAA, HLAA-CA, and the 18 HLAA California chapters.

    The California Academy of Audiology (CAA) is a nonprofit organization representing audiologists in California. CAA monitors and promotes state legislative activities that affect audiologists and their patients with hearing and balance disorders in California and employs the lobbying group, Sacramento Advocates. CAA also works closely with the state’s consumer-focused licensing board, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. In addition, CAA organizes an annual state educational conference. The CAA conference provides educational offerings and networking opportunities, and exhibitors showcase their latest products and services.

    The address is:
    Double Tree Hotel
    2050 Gateway Place
    San Jose, California…

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    Chapter Building Workshop, Saturday, September 5, 2015, Redwood City

    by  • August 11, 2015

    Chapter building workshop for all current, prospective and future chapter officers, committee heads, board members will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015, in Redwood City, California.

    Workshop Moderator:
    Ed Ogiba, HLAA Director of Chapter Development

    Hosted by:
    Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA)

    Date and Time:
    Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 9:30 AM

    Location:
    Veterans Memorial Building
    1455 Madison Avenue
    Redwood City, CA 94062

    Learn how to build greater:

    • attendance at meetings
    • HLAA and chapter memberships
    • overall awareness and interest
    • more effective education programs
    • outreach that involves the community
    • base of involved volunteers and leaders
    • support programs that get visitors to return
    • fundraising to better support members and community
    • more involving, membership-building social activities

    The long term health of your chapter is partially dependent on education and support at chapter meetings, and it is becoming ever more important for chapters to be willingness to go where people with hearing loss are

    CART will be provided.

    All participants must take the survey below by August 22 to effect the agenda for your chapter’s needs. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/No-Cal

    RSVP:
    Janel Edmiston, jedmiston@hearinglossca.org

    See workshop photos.
    See workshop brochure.
    See workshop PowerPoint presentation.
    See workshop PowerPoint presentation in PDF format.

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    Walk4Hearing Long Beach 2015 Raised Over $55,000

    by  • June 18, 2015

    Congratulations! The Long Beach, California (June 18, 2015) – The tenth annual Walk4Hearing in Long Beach on June 6, 2015, raised over $55,000.

    See photos of the walk.

    More than 500 walkers from all over California participated in the walk, raising $55,778 for hearing loss support causes. The walk was 5 K (3.1 miles). The Long Beach walk was one of 23 events taking place across the nation in 2015. In addition to raising awareness about hearing loss, Walk4Hearing raises funds that are used in local hearing loss communities. Since its inception in 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $9 million nationwide.

    HLAA, HLAA-CA, and Walk4Hearing would like to thank the following 2015 Walk4Hearing national sponsors for their support of this year’s walks:

    • Tenth Anniversary Sponsor: CapTel Captioned Telephone
    • Presenting Sponsor: MED-EL
    • Platinum Sponsor: hi HealthInnovations
    • Diamond Sponsor: IntriCon
    • Gold Sponsors: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, Hamilton CapTel, and Regal Entertainment Group

    The gold local sponsor for this year’s Long Beach Walk was AT&T.

    Local Sponsors included:

    • AT&T
    • CA Court Reporters Association
    • Oticon
    • Fidelity Hearing Center
    • Zarzana Chiropractic
    • Valtronic USA
    • CA American Academy of Audiology
    • Hearing Now USA

    The top teams were:

    • Long Beach Local Sponsors: $7,350
    • CART Attack!: $4,850
    • LA Stars: $3,620
    • Team Slater Cruz: $3,215
    • Mission Viejo Chapter: $3,055
    • Advanced Bionics: $2,980
    • Beach Bums: $2,680
    • BAHA Buddies: $2,415
    • Team Jaycee: $2,062
    • Marla’s People: $1,690
    • Cutie PIES: $1,645
    • East Valley Walkers: Sun Lakes HLAA: $1,505
    • HearUsa: $1,245
    • Sun Lakes HLAA Chapter: $1,233
    • Team Santa Monica: $1,120
    • House Clinic and Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA: $1,105
    • Team Branden: $665
    • Ava the Brave: $650
    • South Bay Hearing: $637
    • Blue4U: $575
    • Team NightMare: $440
    • Team GLAD: $410
    • Heard Dat: $335
    • A.T. Still University SAA: $200
    • Team CODIE: $200
    • Monchhichi’s Fight!: $180
    • Team Paccione: $175
    • HLAA-Diablo Valley Chapter: $155
    • Team Abby: $150
    • Hearing Aids: $130
    • TEAM NATHAN: $120
    • Team Alex V: $30
    • SuperHEARos: $15

    The top walkers were:

    • Long Beach Local Sponsors: $7,350
    • Grace Tiessen: $5,052
    • Abby Melad: $2,440
    • Gary Jacobson: $2,003
    • Wendi Washington: $1,790
    • Marilyn Hoppe: $1,670
    • Barry Forst: $1,505
    • Saba McKinley: $1,435
    • Ron Tallman: $1,213
    • Connor Waterman: $1,130
    • Nanci Linke-Ellis: $770
    • Melodie Stuart: $750
    • Jaycee Nealley: $700
    • Kathleen Jacobson: $655
    • Erika Betancourt:...

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    Join us at the Walk4Hearing Long Beach Saturday, June 6, 2015

    by  • May 23, 2015

    The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA) is proud to participate in the tenth annual Walk4Hearing in Long Beach on Saturday, June 6, 2015, to increase awareness about hearing loss and to raise funds for hearing loss support. Multiple HLAA-CA current and former team members, trustees, and officers are joining the Long Beach walk.

    Hearing loss is an invisible and unrecognized public health issue that affects five million Californians. Hearing loss is on the rise. Two out of every thousand babies are born with hearing loss. Hearing loss is also increasing due to noise pollution and aging. Hearing loss causes isolation and depression. Unable to communicate, many people with hearing loss become shut-in hermits purely due to their hearing loss. In addition, there is a huge societal stigma about hearing loss. Some hearing loss may be treatable, and most people with hearing loss can be helped.

    Since its inception in 2006, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing has raised more than $6 million and has become the nation’s largest and fastest growing hearing loss fundraising and public awareness walk in the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers – children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between – form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss, and raise funds for hearing loss programs and services. In addition to increasing awareness, the funds raised by Walk4Hearing are used in local communities, for example to support communication access with CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), to underwrite grants for people with hearing loss to attend educational programs at the HLAA convention, to support student scholarships for college, to...

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    Join us at the Disability Capitol Action Day in Sacramento on May 20, 2015, for valuable information about hearing loss

    by  • April 19, 2015

    Join us at the Disability Capitol Action Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, for valuable information about hearing loss.

    To raise awareness of hearing loss and to provide information about hearing loss, the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association (HLAA-CA) is exhibiting in the twelfth annual Disability Capitol Action Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    The HLAA-CA’s booth will provide information for those with hearing loss. Attendees will learn about the latest phone captioning options, recent innovations in hearing aids, assistive listening devices, new technology, and HLAA services. HLAA-CA provides information, education, support, and advocacy services to Californians with hearing loss, their relatives, and their friends. HLAA-CA is an affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), which is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides information, education, support, and advocacy services to people with hearing loss, their relatives, and their friends. Throughout California, there are 18 HLAA chapters, which hold regular meetings for individuals to learn about techniques and equipment that can help people with hearing loss hear better on the phone, in meetings, while watching TV, in noisy restaurants, or at parties.

    The Disability Capitol Action Day is hosted by the Disability Action Coalition. The Disability Capitol Action Day is one of California’s largest and most diverse days of cross-disability unity and action. This event brings hundreds of people with disabilities, allies, and family members to the California state capitol for a day of unity, learning, and history making. It is an all-day outdoor event with booths of various disability groups. This year should be extra special. It is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which was signed into law in 1990....

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    Highlights of the HLAA-CA Board of Trustees Meeting on February 16, 2015

    by  • February 19, 2015

    Four HLAA-CA officers were elected, continuing HLAA-CA’s commitment to hearing loss awareness and causes:

    President – Zina Jawadi
    Vice President – Gail Morrison
    Secretary – Lynne Kinsey
    Treasurer – Jeffrey Chess (tirelessly serving as treasurer since 2009)

    New board members joined the board:

    Debra Rogers
    Ann Thomas

    After more than three decades of service for hearing loss causes, Board Member Emeritus, Don Senger, is semi-retiring but will still be available to advise the board.

    A new HLAA-CA four-year strategic plan was approved toward HLAA-CA’s mission of providing hearing loss information, education, support, and advocacy to people with hearing loss, their families, and their friends in Californian.

    Next board meeting will be on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in San Diego, the day before the San Diego Walk4Hearing.

    We would like to thank captioner Carilyn Cipolla for transcribing the meeting. Excellent job!

    We would like to thank Bob Zastrow for looping the meeting and for checking the meeting room beforehand. Great job!…

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    HLAA-CA Board of Trustees Meeting: February 16, 2015

    by  • January 3, 2015

    The next HLAA-CA board meeting will be on Monday, February 16, 2015 (President’s Day), 9 AM to 4 PM, in the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland Airport.

    The address is:

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland Airport
    66 Airport Access Road
    Oakland, CA 94603

    Tel: (510) 569-4400

     

    There are two Holiday Inn hotels in Oakland Airport; please make sure to go to the correct address.

    Discounted hotel guest rooms are $114 per night plus tax. Breakfast is included with the guest room. There is a free hotel shuttle to and from Oakland airport. Please remember that the maximum reimbursement is $200 per trustee or officer.

    A strategic plan proposal will be presented covering hearing loss services provided by HLAA-CA, including specific hearing loss information, education, support, and advocacy offerings based on a recent survey of the leaders of HLAA-CA, HLAA California chapters, and HLAA national.

    A captioner has been arranged. Refreshments will be provided during the day. Lunch will be ordered in the morning of the meeting from Quiznos to be delivered to the meeting room. However, due to budget constraints, HLAA-CA will not pay for lunch on the meeting day.

    Map to hotel

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    2014 HLAA-CA Elections

    by  • September 11, 2014

    Help us serve Californians with hearing loss. We provide hearing loss information, information, education, and advocacy.

    The HLAA-CA Board of Trustees is taking nominations for HLAA-CA Board of Trustees positions. This year, there are five openings.

    Information my be found here:
    http://www.hearinglossca.org/about_us/board-of-trustees/board-application

    If you are interested in running, please email your application to Susan Shaffer at sshaffer@hearinglossca.org.

    Thank you,

    Zina Jawadi…

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    Meeting between HLAA-CA and HLAA California Chapter Officers

    by  • June 7, 2014

    To Chapter Leaders:

    HLAA-CA will be hosting a meeting for chapter officers at the HLAA convention in Austin. The purpose of this meeting is to update the chapters on what the state is doing and to solicit ideas on how the state can support the chapters. The meeting will be held on Friday (6/27) from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Trinity room. Signs will be posted at the convention to help you find the room.

    Please forward this email to your chapter officers who are attending the convention.

    RSVP by June 20, 2014.

    Thank you,

    Zina

    Zina Jawadi
    Vice President
    Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association
    www.hearinglossca.org…

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    HLAA-CA Facebook Announcement

    by  • April 23, 2014

    On May 1, 2014, Facebook pages of the HLAA Northern chapters will be merging with the Facebook page of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association (HLAA-CA). Please note that the Facebook pages of the HLAA Northern chapters will not be shutting down. The chapter moderators have now become Content Creators for the HLAA-CA Facebook page. In other words, Bruce Harris and I (Zina Jawadi) will no longer be the only moderators who can post on the HLAA-CA Facebook. The purpose of this change is to unify the Facebook pages of the Northern chapters into one and to reduce the time spent moderating Facebook pages. Depending on its success, this change may be temporary or permanent.

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    Zina Jawadi
    HLAA-CA Vice President, Facebook Moderator, and Webmaster…

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    HLAA Northern California Chapter Coordinator-in-Training Announcement

    by  • March 22, 2014

    HLAA-CA is delighted to announce that Janel Edmiston has been appointed Northern California Chapter Coordinator-in-Training by HLAA National. Don Senger, who has been serving as Northern California Chapter Coordinator since the resignation of Cindy Jagger, has kindly offered to mentor and support Janel.

    More information can be found here:
    http://hlaachapternews.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-good-story-northern-californias.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hlaachapternews+%28HLAA+Chapter+Development+News%29…

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    Announcement Regarding HLAA-CA Board Members

    by  • February 19, 2014

    The board of trustees of the Hearing Loss Association of America – California State Association (HLAA-CA) would like to thank Maxine Barton-Bauman, former HLAA-CA secretary and board member, Debbie Clark, former HLAA-CA vice president and board member, and Ellen Mastman, former HLAA-CA vice president and board member, for their service, contributions, and dedication. Additionally, the HLAA-CA board of trustees cordially would like to welcome Janel Edmiston, Ram Kakkar, and Karen Wheeler who joined the HLAA-CA board of trustees. Furthermore, during the February 15, 2014 HLAA-CA board meeting, HLAA-CA had its annual officer election. Jim Montgomery was reelected HLAA-CA president, Zina Jawadi was elected HLAA-CA vice president, Karen Wheeler was elected HLAA-CA secretary (vacated by Zina Jawadi), and Jeff Chess was reelected HLAA-CA treasurer.…

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    HLAA-CA Board of Trustees Meeting, February 15, 2014

    by  • February 3, 2014

    HLAA-CA Board of Trustees Meeting Saturday, February 15, 2014, Everyone Welcome

    The HLAA-CA Board of Trustees meeting will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the San Leandro Marina Inn, 68 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro, CA 94577. The discounted hotel rate is $109 per night, and parking is free. To get the discounted rate, please call the hotel at (510) 895-1311. Free pick-up from the Oakland Airport if you are staying at the hotel.

    Everyone is welcome. See you there!…

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