HLAA’s New York City chapter meets nine times a year (every month other than January, July and August) on Tuesday evenings. All meetings are at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets). The June meeting will be held at the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, just west of Seventh Avenue).
The meetings feature speakers who share knowledge and answer questions on communication strategies, advocacy, technological advances, and other means of successfully coping with hearing loss.
All meetings feature open captioning and meeting rooms are equipped with audio loops, which transmit sound directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants equipped with telecoils. An ASL interpreter is available on request with five days notice.
Meetings also offer an opportunity to socialize and learn from others who live with hearing loss.
Changing Culture, Changing Practice: Effective Communication in Healthcare
Toni Iacolocci, a member of the HLAA Board of Trustees and an ex-officio member of the HLAA-NYC Board of Directors, and Jody Prysock, a certified sign-language interpreter and former director of Language, Cultural & Disability Services at NYU Langone Medical Center, introduced their Guide for Effective Communication in Health Care - an internet resource aimed at helping people with hearing loss get the services they need in medical settings. In Jody's words, "Effective communication allows you to participate actively in your medical care and to make better and safer decisions."
A key component of the guide is the Communication Access Plan (CAP), a one-page, form you can complete and give to your healthcare providers. The CAP has checkable boxes allowing you to specify whether you use hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other devices; the accessibility services you need when getting medical treatment; how you want to be notified when you're in a waiting room; and the best way to contact you regarding test results and other follow-up information. Download the CAP, fill it out, and request that it be inserted in your medical record. To provide Toni and Jody with feedback about your experiences with the CAP, send an email to HealthcareAccess1@gmail.com.
What Audiologists Need to Know but Didn’t Learn in Graduate School: Help Us Help You
Barbara Weinstein, Professor and Founding Executive Officer of CUNY Graduate Center's Doctor of Audiology Program, and four of her doctoral students answered questions and listened to suggestions from audience members (including HLAA-NYC Treasurer Myra Schreibman, shown holding the microphone) about how audiologists can more effectively meet their patients’ needs. Dr. Weinstein, who is crafting a public service announcement to educate the public about hearing loss, also led a discussion about what HLAA members would like to see included.