Eight ways to save your hearing

February 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Longevity Live
FEBRUARY 26 , 2015 

Can’t hear the TV, a quiet conversation or your best friend on the phone? You’re not alone. Up to 52% of adults over the age of 50 may have hearing loss – half of it severe enough to interfere with everyday life. And the long-term complexities of hearing loss are far-reaching: new reports show that it triples the risk for dementia. That’s because not hearing what others say can cut you off from the world and deprive you of stimulation.

That’s bad news for your mood and your mind. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, foggy memory, slowed-down thinking and even brain shrinkage. Compromised hearing can make walking more difficult (you miss tiny clues that help you to stay balanced), and falls become more likely. The things that can damage the delicate, sound-sensing machinery in your inner ear include everything from aging and genetics to autoimmune disorders, ear infections, head injuries and loud noises. Some factors are beyond your control, but not all.

Read More  . . . Save Your Hearing

Deaf-REACH Bowling Fund Raiser-Sat. March 28th

February 27, 2015 in Community Events


Deaf-REACH Bowling Fund Raiser
NOW Sat. March 28th from 2-4 PM @ College Park AMF Lanes


Hearing Health Forum on Capitol Hill – AG Bell eNews

February 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


 From: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – eNews  2/26/2015






Federal Govt.-Public Accessibility & Communication Initiative (PAC)

February 27, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness


 Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative 

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative provides reasonable accommodations and assistive technology to increase access to federal programs and services for federal employees and members of the general public with disabilities.  Assistive technologies are provided to agencies to ensure that members of the public and customers with disabilities have access to direct onsite services. Specific examples of agency locations for PAC accommodations include:

  • Customer service centers, such as passport offices, parks or forest stations, and other services accessed by civilians for government services;
  • Federal technology centers that integrate assistive technologies for demonstration and needs assessments; and,
  • Federal employment and training centers to ensure access throughout the recruitment and employment experience for employees and applicants with disabilities.

Read More about PAC & CAP

Interesting Resources:

Disability Etiquette Training Video’s
CAP has created a series of online training modules. These modules will help you understand how simple hiring employees with disabilities can be and how to provide reasonable accommodations after they are hired.

CAP Webinars
CAP has recorded a series of webinars to share the CAP training experience with our customers and stakeholders around the world. Newly recorded webinars and upcoming topics .


 CAP Quick Tip video: Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative

The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss-Conference May 29-30

February 26, 2015 in Community Events



The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss cordially invites you to their inaugural conference on May 29-30, 2015 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC.  For anyone interested in music and hearing loss, May 29 is an opportunity to hear the stories of musicians with hearing loss,  listen to some wonderful music and try your hand at making music using hand chimes.   On May 30, the focus is on consumer issues related with hearing loss.   Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America, will discuss hearing loss and disability law.  Pat Dobbs, founder of the Hearing Loss Revolution and the coordinator of HLAA’s Morris County chapter in New Jersey, will talk about the 9 Guiding Principles of the Hearing Loss Revolution.  Finally, noted psychologist Dr. Sam Trychin will be facilitating a workshop on managing stress when you have a hearing loss.


You can find more information about this conference here:  http://bit.ly/1D4G27K


Please join us!  Real-time captioning and a loop system will be provided.  For additional inquiries, please contact us at info@aamhl.org


terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

February 26, 2015 in Community News


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Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf – March 20-22

February 26, 2015 in Community Events


WHO: Everyone who is welcome

WHAT: First Baptist Deaf Congregation hosts Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf.  See flyer attached for more information.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2015

WHERE: First Baptist Church
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Treeva Gibson Overcame Hearing Loss to Audition For “The Voice”

February 26, 2015 in Community News



Treeva Gibson Overcame Hearing Loss to Audition For “The Voice” & That Accomplishment Is Better Than Any Trophy

February, 23, 2015

There’s one thing I love more than the talent on The Voice — and no it’s not Adam Levine — it’s the incredible stories of the contestants. Sure, a story can only get you so far. But since every contestant that makes it to The Voice Blind Auditions is talented, their stories only put the cherry on top and make them stand out even more. To overcome a difficult or challenging past and still have the confidence to pursue a career in music is a pretty amazing thing, and I’m glad The Voice highlights these contestants and their accomplishments. One contestant who is an excellent example of overcoming challenges is 16-year-old Treeva Gibson. Both of Gibson’s parents are deaf and she suffers from minor hearing loss herself. Despite this, she taught herself all about music and managed to score a spot on Team Christina for season eight.

Read more  . . . The voice

VAD Leadership Training Program – Sat, March 14, 2015

February 26, 2015 in Community Events


VAD Leadership Training Program

Hosted by Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015
TIME: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

Tentative Topics:

  • Leadership (different leadership styles)
  • Board of Directors (board duties and responsibilities)
  • Legislative Advocacy (local state/delegate speaker on state government and General Assembly)
  • Legislation (how bills are formulated, voted, and passed/failed)
  • Interpreting (how to use)
  • Financial report preparation

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Leadership Training Program Fund.
For more information, contact Gary Viall ~ gviall7@gmail.com (Email)

DOWNLOAD – NVAD-VAD_Leadership_Training_Program FORM 

Internet slang meets American Sign Language

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Interpreting & Transliterating



How do you sign “new” words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,” “lolcat,” and “hawt” to their prestigious lexicon this past December. For the English-speaking world, these additions are anywhere from ridiculous to annoying but at the end of the day, the terms are accepted and agreed upon.

But how do these new, internet-laden turns of phrase enter the sign language community? Was there a way of expressing “selfie” in ASL, was there a sign for “photobomb?” Our simplistic question turned into a larger conversation about the nature of communication.

See interactive page & read more . . . Internet slang
(Loads very slow be patient – requires Adobe Flash)

A Simple Solution for Remembering Names

February 26, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Katherine Bouton: Hear Better With Hearing Loss

You’ve probably heard the tips. Visualize something about the person that will remind you of the name: Rose — the woman wearing the pink sweater. Spike — the guy with the hair. Repeat the name either mentally or out loud.

But that doesn’t always help. Maybe you’re at a business meeting with new clients. They’re all dressed alike. They all look alike, for that matter. Who’s who? What did he say? Or a cocktail party. Even social chatter can be uncomfortable if you can’t hear the person’s name.

Senior moment? Maybe. Symptoms of what we call normal age-related hearing loss can be alarming but are generally not indicative of serious decline. If you sometimes forget a name, occasionally have to search for a word, misplace your keys, you probably shouldn’t worry. If these things happen on a regular basis and seem to be increasing in frequency, you should have a test to see if you might have MCI, mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s.

But if your problem is failing to remember the names or occupations or interests of people you meet, the cause may be much simpler and easily corrected. Perhaps you are just not hearing them.

READ MORE – Remembering

Healthy Hearing Act would provide essential services to veterans

February 26, 2015 in Disability Law, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist

February 21. 2015

The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01.

Highlighted changes include:

• Eligible spouses and children may receive 36-months of full in state tuition, a housing stipend, and a book allowance.

• Children can use the benefit until they turn 33.

• Spouses have 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use the benefit; eligibility is voided upon remarriage.

• Spouse DIC will not be impacted by use of the Fry Scholarship. However, children cannot simultaneously receive both benefits.

You can apply for the Fry Scholarship online at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-5490-ARE.pdf. For more details on these changes and any further questions on education benefits, contact TAPS Education Support Services at education@taps.org or call toll free 1-800-959-8277.

Read more about the Healthy Hearing Act 


WISE Webinars – Employment Info

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Employment



WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

View Details and Register »

Happy Hands – March 4th 10:00 AM

February 24, 2015 in Community Events

Happy Hands is a group of seniors who use Sign Language and meet monthly for potluck lunches, trips, workshops and other activities!

Guests are welcome!

Leadership Opportunities for Teens Program (LOFT) Deadline,March 5!

February 24, 2015 in Community News


LOFT is a five-day sleep-away program for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. LOFT is an excellent opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in an enlightening and confidence-building experience away from home with their peers.

LOFT is about cultivating and unleashing teens’ leadership skills by providing a supportive and structured environment where participants can increase self-confidence, self-advocacy skills and their understanding of their own strengths and abilities through individual and group activities.

Learn more about . . . LOFT

Applications must be received by AG Bell by March 5, 2015. We are strict about the deadline. You can submit your application in one of two ways:

  1. Scan the complete application with all required attachments into one PDF document and email to: Wendy Will at wwill@agbell.org (this is the preferred form for application submission).
  2. Or, you may mail the application to: Wendy Will – LOFT 2015
    8745 Gary Burns Drive, Suite 160-504
    Frisco, TX 75034