Tuesday, October 2 - Daytime meeting 11:00am-1:00pm Parish Hall, the program begins at noon.

Health care from the patients' point of view, a  panel of HLAA Rochester Chapter Members will discuss the issue

A sure way to elevate your blood pressure is when dealing with health care providers. Three HLAA members will share their experiences and coping strategies in settings like office/clinic, urgent/emergency care, hospital and skilled nursing. All three have hearing loss. They are: family medicine physician Bess Herbert MD, registered nurse Mary Chizuk RN MS Ed, and chapter president and patient Daniel Brooks BS. Don Bataille will moderate. The program arose from a survey conducted by Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2) partnering with University of Rochester which found communicating with health care providers to be a priority for people with hearing loss.

Tuesday, October 2 - Evening meeting 7:00-9:00pm Parish Hall,
the program  begins at 8:00pm.

Untreated hearing loss and Alzheimer's Disease: Is there a connection? with Anton Porsteinsson, MD

A generally held idea holds that untreated hearing loss may be a causative factor in dementia. Anton Porsteinsson, MD, an internationally known expert on dementia, will update chapter members on current concepts in Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Porsteinsson is the Director of the UR Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program (AD-CARE) as well as the first William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry.

As a geriatric psychiatrist, he has devoted his career to the care and study of individuals with memory disorders. He participates in the UR Memory Care Program which serves a population with memory disorders. Dr. Porsteinsson is internationally recognized in clinical research and is considered one of the leading experts in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. He has authored and collaborated in hundreds of research publications.

Dr. Porsteinsson received his MD degree from the University of Iceland School of Medicine, completing his internship and residency at the University of Rochester.

HLAA Rochester Chapter meetings are held in the Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Avenue at 25 Westminster Road, across from the George Eastman House Museum.

Those needing a sign language interpreter for an evening meeting should contact Linda Siple at 585 788 6744 a week in advance. *
*Please note, this phone is only for those needing an interpreter.
Tues., October 2nd, The CI Group 1:30-2:30, following the Daytime Chapter Meeting


By Janet McKenna, MLS

Is a cochlear implant a possibility in your hearing journey? Cochlear implants help adults with severe to profound hearing loss or children 12 months or older with moderate to profound hearing loss not receiving sufficient benefit from hearing aids.

Find out more about one manufacturer at the Tuesday, October 2 meeting. The semiannual meeting is set for 1:30pm in the Parish Hall of
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Avenue at Westminster Road, Rochester 14607, opposite the George Eastman Museum. It follows the routine HLAA chapter meeting.

Lisa Lamson, Au.D. and Megan Frey, representing Cochlear Americas Corporation, will introduce the company's new sound processors as well as wireless accessories accompanying the implant. They will explain the mechanics of implants.

Cochlear implants are implantable devices which directly stimulate the auditory nerve. When hearing loss becomes too profound for hearing aids to manage, cochlear implants can be an option enabling patients from toddlers to seniors to hear.

For more information, please visit the company web site, or contact Ginger Graham.