• East Bay Chapter

    Meeting Place

    Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
    3801 Howe Street, Fabiola Building
    Oakland, CA 94611, Lower Level Conference Room G-26.

    Located one block east of Broadway, off of W. MacArthur Boulevard, close to I-580 and Highway 24
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    When Do We Meet?

    The Hearing Loss Association-East Bay meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month except July & August. Snacks and socialize at 9:30 am, Program/Meeting 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Small Group Meeting follows and starts at 11:45 am.


    From San Francisco or Berkeley
    Take I-80W towards Oakland. Take the I-580E exit at the Bay Bridge interchange. Proceed on I-580 .2 miles, and exit on W MacArthur Blvd. Continue 1.6 miles and turn left onto Howe St. The parking garage is on the right. The Fabiola Bldg. is across the street at 3801 Howe Street.

    From Hayward
    Take I-580 west, exit at Harrison/MacArthur. Continue to Howe Street and turn right. Kaiser Fabiola Bldg. is on your left. Park free on Saturday in the garage at Howe St. across from the Fabiola Building,

    Public Transit
    Go to www.511.org, or
    Call 817-1717 for AC Transit


    Free in the Kaiser garage on Howe Street. The Kaiser Fabiola Bldg. is at 3801 Howe Street, off of W. MacArthur Blvd. one block east of Broadway.

    Assistive Listening Devices

    We use a room loop and have an exceptionally clear amplifier system. Use the T-coils (also called telecoils) in your hearing aids to hear clearly and to understand every word spoken at the meeting.

    Hearing Aids not enough?

    We have PocketTalkers (small microphone/amplifiers) to loan, they allow you to hear in noisy places like restaurants. If they work for you, we can help you buy your own at low cost. Contact George Chin Sr., georgechinsr@gmail.com and meet him at our meeting


    Guests are always welcome. Come early to get a snack and get acquainted. We serve the entire East Bay, including the communities of Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond,  Emeryville,  Kensington,  San Leandro, San Pablo, Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito,  and beyond.

    Hearing Problems? Our meetings are fun, friendly, informative, and remarkably effective. There is always time for questions (on the meeting topic or not), and for discussing your problems with other members, who often have personal experiences they will be glad to share with you.  Some of our members now have the Phonak Roger Pen and find it useful at restaurants. Questions not answered?  We have a Small Group Meeting following the main meeting where there is time to air your personal concerns.

    If you are considering buying hearing aids, our members will be pleased to discuss their experiences with different brands and dispensers. It is an excellent source of information on hearing aids and on the less expensive assistive listening devices (ALDs) that can solve difficult problems of hearing in meetings, restaurants, and other noisy places.

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    East Bay Newsletter


    Saturday, May 12, 2018: Hearing Loss Association Meeting

    Mariam Hambarchyan from NeoSensory will demonstrate their wristbands which capture sounds and translates them to vibrations. Hear through your skin! It works! Refreshments, 9:30 a.m; Program, 10, at the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fabiola Bldg., 3801 Howe St., Lower Level, Room G26. Park free on Saturday in garage across Howe. Email: athos.artist@att.net or call Kay at 510/886-4717


    Steering Committee Leader, Kay Athos, athos.artist@att.net

    Vice President/Outreach & Advocacy, Gerald Niesar, gniesar@nvlawllp.com

    Secretary, Kathy Fairbanks, mkathyfairbanks@att.net

    Treasurer, Len Bridges, lenbridges3993@hotmail.com

    Membership, Amy Mass, amymass@hotmail.com

    Publicity, Kay Athos, athos.artist@att.net

    Audio Loop, Peter Townsend, peterg.townsend@gmail.com

    Newsletter Editor, Nancy Asmundson, nasmundson@comcast.net

    Database, Dale Davis, ddavis94605@gmail.com

    ALD Loan Program, George Chin Sr., georgechinsr@gmail.com

    Refreshments, Betty Thomas

    President Emeritus, Bruce Harris, bjharris@ieee.org


    Kay Athos
    (510) 886-4717

    Amy Mass