Chapter Meetings

Tuesday,  May 7, Daytime Meeting 
11:00-11:30am – Social time and refreshments.
11:30 – 12Noon – Short business meeting.  All are welcome.
Program begins at 12:00 Noon 
Helen Keller’s Rochester connection with Allis D’Amanda

The mansion housing the Rochester Academy of Medicine at 1441 East Ave. was built in 1912 by prominent citizen Edmund Lyon. Mr. Lyon was an inventor, humanitarian, philanthropist and manufacturer. Notably, he was a volunteer teacher at the Western New York Institute for Deaf-Mutes, now Rochester School for the Deaf, where he met his wife. Mrs. Lyon had a hearing loss. In his activities with this population, he was associated with Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller.

According to Allis D’Amanda, a Lyon granddaughter:
  “Helen Keller came to Rochester School for the Deaf as a child with her teacher Annie Sullivan and remained a friend of my family for the rest of her life.”

Mrs. D’Amanda tells us the fascinating history of Helen Keller’s interaction with the house and its inhabitants. After Mr. Lyon’s death in 1920, the mansion remained in the  family until they donated it to the Rochester Academy of Medicine in 1939.

Tuesday, May 7, Evening Meeting
7:00-7:30pm – Social time and refreshments.
7:30 – 8:00pm – Short business meeting.  All are welcome.

Program begins at 8:00 pm
Cochlear implant technology update:  What’s new at UR Audiology? with Megan Wightman AuD

The world of cochlear implants seems to change monthly with the release of new accessories, implants, and sound processors. As well, candidate criteria are expanding.  Dr. Wightman will explore the latest implant technology used at UR Audiology and who might benefit from it.

Megan Wightman has been a clinical audiologist at UR Medical Center since 2013.  As a member of the cochlear implant team, she has worked with candidates and recipients helping both children and adults navigate the implant process.

All HLAA programs are free. Anyone interested in hearing loss is welcome.  For more information, view the organization's web site at or telephone 585 266 7890.

The Rochester Chapter is a dynamic group of individuals working together as a team.  HLAA has a support network of organizations:  Bethesda, MD, state organizations, and local chapters.

All HLAA programs are free. Anyone interested in hearing loss is welcome. For more information, telephone 585 266 7890 or email us at [email protected]

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 number is only for those needing an interpreter.