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Heard In Fort Worth Hearing Loss Association of America - Fort Worth Chapter March 2017
HLAA Monthly Meeting
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, Arlington
Special Date Special Place
Special Program What Everyone with Hearing Loss
Should Know about Hearing Aids and
Hearing Loops Presenter: Richard McKinley Managing Director, Contacta, Inc.
Why people with hearing loss say they can
hear but can’t understand
How hearing loops help you hear better in
large public places
How to get your favorite venue or church
interested in a loop
Hear for yourself. First Baptist Church
Arlington’s Fellowship Hall is looped!
Richard McKinley, managing director of Contacta, Inc, a leading hearing loop equipment manufacturer, is coming from Michigan to present the program. This is an informational and educational presentation intended to show the great benefits of this hearing technology in meeting rooms, churches, conference centers, professional offices, homes, and other venues.
You will be amazed at the effectiveness of this system, which you can try with a telecoil in your hearing aid or a with a loop receiver.
We are meeting at FBC Arlington because its fellowship hall is a large venue, looped, and centrally located in the DFW metroplex.
If you think you know all about looping, you may be surprised. Hearing loops can be installed from the most intimate settings such as your living room or car to mid and large sized places like bank windows, libraries, and conference spaces to places of worship, theaters, museums, and airports.
Invite and bring others to this special program. Join HLAA, Sertoma Clubs, and other organizations in a campaign to Loop America.
This special program constitutes our chapter meeting for the month of March. We will NOT MEET this month on the second Saturday in Fort Worth as usual.
We will resume our regular second Saturday a.m. meetings at the Southside Church of Christ, 2101 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, 76110 on April 8 with a program on cochlear implants, presented by Cochlear America.
MAP OF FIRST BAPTIST, ARLINGTON Church address is 300 S Center St., Arlington, but the Fellowship Hall and parking are on Pecan St.
Photo Credit: The photograph of The Fort Worth Herd on our Heard In Fort Worth banner is used by permission of The Fort Worth Herd
and its sponsor, the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department.
HLAA National Convention 2017
This summer on June 22-25 the national Hearing
Loss Association of America hold its annual
convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt
Palace Convention Center and the Little America
Hotel. This conference is always a wonderful
educational experience. And this year it is being
held in one of the most beautiful cities in our
You don’t want to miss this event, and if you
register before March 31, you can receive the
discounted early bird rate. As an additional
incentive, the chapter will pay our members’
registration fee for first-timers to a national
The HLAA 2017 keynote speaker is retired
Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris. He is known as an
inspirational speaker and author of Steel Will:
My Journey through Hell to Become the Man I
was Meant to Be. I am sure you will not want to
miss this opening session presentation held on
Thursday, June 22.
The Research Symposium on Friday, June 23, will
be moderated by Colin Driscoll, M.D., otolaryn-
gology chair at Mayo Clinic and chair of the board
of directors of the American Cochlear Implant
Alliance. The topic for this year’s symposium is
Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants: Merging
Sharon and I just returned from a cochlear implant
conference in Orlando, Florida, and heard exciting
details on a hybrid device that both works as a
hearing aid for low frequencies and a Cochlear
Implant for the full range of sound frequencies.
This device is the best of both worlds for those
who still have some good residual hearing in the
lower sound frequencies.
This year the convention will continue to have
several tracks of workshops to choose from, in
addition to two new tracks to provide something
interesting for everyone. These new tracks are:
Hearing Loops and Genealogy: Trace Your Family
The Hearing Loop track is particularly well timed,
as many HLAA chapter organizations are starting
an advocacy push to provide information on why
hearing loops are so critical for those of us with
hearing deficiencies, allowing us to better under-
stand speech in all environments, from our home to
large public spaces.
As part of this hearing loop advocacy push, you
will want to see information in this newsletter
about our March meeting being held at First
Baptist Church in Arlington, which has looped
their fellowship hall where this presentation will be
held. They are also in the process of looping their
worship center so those with hearing difficulties
will be assisted with this important technology.
I hope all of you will make plans to attend both
events. Several of our members have attended the
national HLAA convention and found it a very
rewarding experience. With all the advancements
in the research of hearing technology, you don’t
want to miss what is now available and what will
be available soon. Also, our chapter meeting will
be held on March 4 in Arlington, so make sure you
take note of this and join all of us to see how this
technology can be so beneficial in public building
See you in Arlington on March 4! Note the date
change to the first Saturday of March for our
chapter meeting and symposium on hearing loops.
– David Edmondson, Chapter President
HIGHLIGHTS OF FEBRUARY 2017 PROGRAM:
Tinnitus: That Ringing Sound is Not the Telephone Presented by Marylyn Coble, Audiologist
Edited and excerpted by Darlene Liesner from the meeting transcript by Maribel Arredondo, CSR. This is merely an outline and a few highlights.
Audiologist Marylyn Koble, MS, CCC-A, offers complete
mobile audiology services to people in their home or
business and in visits to active senior living and assisted
senior living facilities. She also maintains limited office
At the February 11, 2017 meeting, Ms. Koble gave a
comprehensive overview of tinnitus, defining it, explaining
how tinnitus affects the sufferer, identifying forces at play
and aggravating factors, and reviewing various treatment
Tinnitus is the perception of sound that is involuntary and
within the brain. It may sound like ringing, buzzing,
whooshing, humming, or other noises. It may be heard in
one ear, both ears or in the head. Approximately 50 million
people experience tinnitus. For most people it is a mild
irritant. For approximately two million people, it is
seriously debilitating. Approximately 75% to 80% of
people with hearing loss experience tinnitus.
Tinnitus may cause lack of sleep, depression, despair, loss
of concentration, confusion, headaches, muscle aches,
anxiety, stress, and anger. Tinnitus may be caused by
hearing loss, loud noise, earwax, middle ear disease, TMJ
problems, cardiovascular problems, Meneire’s disease,
medication, high blood pressure, or other factors. Hearing
loss is the most common cause of tinnitus – even mild
loss. Hearing aids are the number one treatment for
Stress is the main aggravating factor in tinnitus. Learn to
alleviate stress. Some foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, and
salt may aggravate it. Also lack of sleep and LOUD
Two forces are involved in tinnitus: the auditory system
and the brain. Damaged hair cells in the cochlea do not
transmit sound to the brain. As a result, the brain searches
for sound. In a person without hearing aids, the brain finds
and focuses on the tinnitus.
Treatment options: Although currently incurable, tinnitus
is manageable. The probable cause and the severity of the
tinnitus determine the treatment protocol. Treatment
should start with a medical evaluation by an ENT doctor.
Sometimes additional testing such as an MRI or CT scan is
necessary. A 25-question Tinnitus Handicap Inventory
may be given. The treatment should be specific to the
individual and comprehensive.
For the auditory system, the treatment is sound therapy.
For the brain it is counseling. Counseling may simply be
information, explaining about tinnitus and the results of the
testing. Counseling may be more formal. CBT (Cognitive
Behavior Therapy) is the most beneficial type of coun-
seling for patients with