Chapter Picnic August 19, 2018

Our Rochester Chapter has been reaching out to those with hearing loss, loss, for 35 years!

To recognize this milestone all members, family, and friends of members are invited to a 35th Anniversary Celebration on August 19 at the home of Scott & Sue Miller, from 4:00 - 7 PM.

  There’ll be food and drinks, and great conversation. Please come join us on Sunday, August 19!

Contact us for the exact address 

Chapter Dinner 2018, Awards and Scholarship winners

As Members know each year our Chapter holds a Members Dinner, This year May 22nd was the date of our Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. In addition to a wonderful evening get-together and delicious menu options we present a number of of awards to thank community supporters and to recognize chapter members for their hard work and contributions. We also announce our Scholarship winners for the year.

The Following are our Chapter's Award Recipients for 2018

The Community Person Award: Presented to the individual who has done an outstanding job of  of furthering HLAA-Rochester’s purpose of helping those who are touched by hearing loss. 

The Community Organization Award is given to  a business entity that understands and supports the goals of HLAA and people with Hearing Loss.

Arnie Sohinki accepting the Community person award  for Ralph Meranto, presented by Janet McKenna

Charles G. Perreaud Commissioner of Jurors (right), accepting  The Community Organization Award on behalf of lawyers and disability representatives,advocates for court access, from Charlie Johnstone.

 Chapter Award recognizes a Chapter member who has consistently contributed their time and
talents to enrich the operations and functionality of our Chapter.​​

Margaret Cochran seen here with Art Maurer, was selected by our Chapter to receive this well deserved a Award.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Olivia Rotoli and Ashley Jones who were this years Rochester Chapter Scholarship recipients! Succeeding in school has many challenges, more so for those with hearing loss.

Hannah Martin was awarded the Vern Thayer Award.
Congratulations Hannah!!

Hannah is the first recepient of the Vern Thayer Scholarship, sponsored by Bruce R. Buell, Buell Advertising, Inc and
Sprint CapTel in Memory of Vern Thayler, a beloved Chapter member and dear friend to all.

All of you are true role models for others who are learning to find ways to overcome the extra challenges of living with a hearing loss.

  Committees and More

Our Chapter has many active committees...something for everyone. Below is a partial list of committees. Remember you will not be "pushed" to do anything!  Come and observe or volunteer to help with a portion of a task or take on a project of your personal interest.
 Some projects are small and needed only once or twice a year or month.   Contact Us  to express your interest, concern or curiosity. You will open up a new world of friendship and comeraderie.
EDUCATION/OUTREACH: Connect with organizations or groups regarding captioning, help out at health fairs, provide presentations and more. Learn about our Device Demonstration Center and be guided to volunteer at the center, help and guidiance are provided, at a novice level.

TECHNOLOGY: Volunteer to give our five minute "tech talk" at a Chapter Meeting, daytime or evening, discuss new and exisiting Assistive Listening Devices and Systems with other members of the Committee and answer questions from the Community. This committee is for those currently knowledable regarding various aspects of "technology" beyond the novice level
​OTHER COMMITTEES AND HELP NEEDED: Finance, Membership, Nominating, Marketing, PAC (Professional Advisiory), Awards, and more.

GENERAL OR OCCAISIONAL HELP: Assisting at the sign in table for at a meeting or event, helping with refreshments at a meeting or event, helping at a health fair, or other event or meeting.

We have people who work with social media, obtain information for our Website or Award winning Newsletter and assorted other tasks that are needed but not considered an "official" committee.


Contact Us to find out more​​​​.

 Books You May Enjoy

A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss, David G. Myers

Mr. Myers writes about some of the problems he faced when gradually losing his hearing. Some information about technology and medical advances are discussed.

Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear Katherine Bouton;

learn about hearing loss from Bouton. She discusses hearing loss with a number of medical personnel as she discovers more information about hearing loss. Recounting some of her own stories makes this book come to life.

Living Better with Hearing Loss: A Guide to Health, Happiness, Love, Sex, Work, Friends . . . and Hearing Aids. Another informative book from Katherine Bouton. This book provides practical information on hearing loss with a focus on assistive listening devices and other aids that can be used by those living with hearing loss.

The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss by Gael Hannan

Learn strategies and read engaging episodes how Hannan lives with her hearing loss. Read about some of the people she has met while traveling to a number of locations to present seminars on hearing loss. Her use of humor while providing helpful practical information makes this book an easy read.

What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey Into the World of Hearing Loss: Monique E. Hammond

If you have experienced sudden hearing loss or know someone who has, Hammond's book will remind you that you are not alone. She provides information about sudden hearing loss through her quest to learn more about her own exp