Did you miss the Webinar?

February 24, 2011
Guest Speaker: Gael Hannan
Topic: “The Masks of Hearing Loss (Bluffing 101)”

Were you unable to find time to see Gael Hannan’s webinar last Thursday, February 24th? It is now available on the national HLAA transcript page here. It is still FREE to view! There is also a PDF format of the webinar, if you should prefer that.


Help KC HLAA By Answering Short Survey

The Kansas City Chapter of HLAA is working in the community to advocate for what people with hearing loss need. Among those needs are more captioned films at local movie theaters and hearing assistance at live events.

Please take a moment to complete the short KC HLAA survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/576Q66W. There are only 6 questions. All those participating may enter a drawing to receive a $10 gift card of your choice (Starbucks, Amazon, Target, etc.). Deadline is March 7, 2011.

HLAA Webinar on Bluffing

Today, Thursday, February 24th, there is a webinar at 7p.m. E.S.T. called “The Masks of Hearing Loss (Bluffing 101).” The lovely Gael Hannan will be running the workshop. If you haven’t heard of her, she is awesome. She was one of the speakers I had the privilege of listening to when I attended the HLAA national conference in Milwaukee last year. She is hilarious. You’ll love her!

Topic Summary

People with hearing loss are masters of the bluff…or so we think. We use a variety of methods to try and convince people we’re following the conversation when, in fact, we haven’t got a clue what’s going on. We even try to bluff our way through visits with the audiologist and hearing instrument specialist! But our sneaky tricks tend to backfire on us, often landing us in trouble.

The Masks of Hearing Loss (Bluffing 101) is a refreshing exploration of how and why hard of hearing people bluff, the telltale signs of bluffing, famous bluffers, and how drop a bad habit and become a better communicator.

About Gael

Gael Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She is a director on the national board of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and runs The Hearing Foundation of Canada’s award-winning Sound Sense hearing awareness program for elementary students across Canada. As a passionate advocate for people with hearing loss, her work includes speechreading instruction, hearing awareness workshops for youth and adults, and sensitivity training for corporations and community groups.

Gael is a sought-after speaker for her humorous and insightful performances about hearing loss, including her signature shows Unheard Voices and EarRage! She has received several awards for her work, including the Consumer Advocacy Award from the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

The Webinar is FREE! You can register for it here.

Can’t watch the webinar at 7p.m. tonight? Don’t worry! Transcripts are also available on the HLAA website. You can view all their webinar transcripts here!

Nominations for the Hamilton Relay 2011 Community Leader Award

Hamilton Relay is in search of candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2011 Community Leader Award! The recipient of the 2010 award was Minda Nelson, one of the founding members of our own HLAA-KC chapter. The 2011 winner will be announced in May, during the Better Speech and Hearing Month. Below is a letter from the Kansas Outreach Coordinator, Cady Lear, and a questionnaire that you can fill out and submit, if you have a candidate you’d like to nominate.


Dear Kansas Residents,

It is amazing to think that it has been nearly a year since Minda Nelson was recognized
as the recipient of the Hamilton Relay 2010 Community Leader Award in honor of Better
Hearing and Speech Month. The positive contributions of leaders such as Minda are
appreciated and Hamilton is pleased to recognize individuals for their efforts.

At this time, Hamilton Relay is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for
this year’s award. We are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late deafened
or have difficulty speaking, and who have been a strong influence within your state,
demonstrating commitment to enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will
be presented during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May. Is there someone you
wish to nominate? We hope so!

A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate,
including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that
causes you to nominate him/her. Please send your nominations directly to me by March
15th via e-mail, fax or by mail. My contact information is included below.

Hamilton Relay enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community each year by
celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month through this award and looks forward to
learning more about the leaders in Kansas

Thank you for participating in the excitement!


Cady Lear
Kansas Outreach Coordinator
785-228-5666 (office)
785-234-2304 (fax)
4848 SW 21st Street Suite
Topeka, Ks 66604

Download the candidate nomination questionnaire

H&R Block and hearing loss access

Just saw this in the morning: “H&R Block agrees to improve access for deaf”


H&R Block is headquartered in downtown KC, so this is heartening to see – even though I admit I like their online tax software and have never had to go in person to get help with my taxes since I moved to KC.  Greater accessibility and options for hearing loss customers is a GOOD thing.