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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.

  • David’s Discussion

    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

    HLAA convention.

    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


    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