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SWC Convention Workshops

In Assistive Listening Devices, Audiologists, captions, Cochlear Implants, Hearing aids, Hearing Loss on August 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thanks to Listen Technologies, the workshop area was looped for our convenience. For those who didn’t have t-coils in their hearing aids, assistive listening devices were provided.  Gayl Hardeman provided captions so we were well accommodated.

Frank Clayton presenting his workshop.

Happiness 101 was our first workshop presented Thursday morning by Frank Clayton.  Happiness, thought to be based on genetics for many years but now research has shown that’s only about 50% of the equation.  Ten percent is life circumstances (such as winning the lottery).  Forty percent of happiness is based on choice, meaning we can choose happiness… or not.  Happiness has its myths, such as “I’ll be happy when I win the lottery.”  Winning the lottery would create a happy booster but it won’t make for a long-lasting happiness.  Instead of a destination, life should be a journey. A person could find joy in each day.

The three cochlear implant company representatives answer questions.

All three cochlear implant companies were represented; Advanced Bionics, Med-El and Cochlear America.  Did you know they are coming out with water-proof devices now?  Wow.  All three companies showed us their product without competing. Lots of information about implants stuffed into one hour. Luckily all three companies had a booth set up and we could ask more questions later.

Robin Traveller gave a presentation on assistive listening devices, ALD’s.

Robin Traveller is a hard of hearing specialist working at the Utah Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  She gave a presentation on the different assistive listening devices available to the hard of hearing.  She told about different phones, FM systems, alert systems and more.

Robin was our last presenter of the day. After her,  convention attendees were free to sight see around the area. Some went to Temple Square downtown and others went to Park City. The Big Red Bus provided a tour around the city and still others went to Antelope Island.

Three more workshops were presented the next day.

Collaborating With Local News Stations

Brenda Estes gave a presentation on how to file complaints with local news stations on captioning, or lack of captioning.  She gave us complaint procedures and provided some websites to start with. She talked about advocacy and how to create a panel to get things moving.

Mitch Levy from Hamilton Relay

Mitch Levy from Hamilton Relay was presenter number two on Friday. He showed us all the services available to us through the company. From phones to, relay services and even apps on smart phones for relay services.

Enoch Cox whose workshop centered around hearing aids and devices.

Enoch Cox from Advanced Hearing Center here in Salt Lake. He is a self-proclaimed hearing aid “nerd.”  Growing up in the family business, he built his first hearing aid at 14 years old so he knows the technology inside and out. He didn’t present but opened the floor right away for questions. Many questions followed, he charmed us with his knowledge and sense of humor.

During breaks between workshops we tend to socialize a lot. Coffee, tea and snacks were available.

A table at the workshop.

A view of the whole workshop area.

After the days workshops we all split up for tours of the area once again.

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  1. Thanks for the informative recap. How can I contact Brenda Estes for more info about her captioning advocacy? Her efforts are much needed and appreciated by those of us with hearing loss.

    Shanna
    http://LipreadingMom.com

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