January 23, 2019: Capital Repertory Theatre will offer a sign-language-interpreted performance of Red Maple on February 9 at 8:00 p.m. Cap Rep understand that live theater is often difficult for those that are deaf or hard of hearing. While they have hearing assisting devices for those that are hearing impaired available for every performance, their goal is to have each show have at least one performance of each play sign-language interpreted. They also have discounts for groups of 10+. If you are interested in making the event a group trip, be sure to call the Box Office at 518-445-7469, and let them know you would like best available visibility for the signers (stage left). For more information, go to:

January 16, 2019: Hearing Loss Association of America Albany Chapter has been selected AGAIN to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! We really appreciate all the support we received during our last round. Please go out and bbaguy a few more of the Hannaford Community Bags during the month of February, at the Hannaford store located at 96 Wolf Road, Windsor Plaza, Colonie, NY. Te bag is only $2.50 and we get $1 for every bag purchased!  Be certain to purchase the bag with the pear logo and check the label above the display to ensure that it’s for HLAA Albany Chapter!

November 3, 2018: Bernard Bragg, a trailblazer for deaf performers who in 1967 became a founder of the National Theater of the Deaf in Connecticut, died on Monday in Los Angeles.

October 17, 2018: HLAA Webinar: Until Everyone Hears the Music, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Jaime Verson, executive director and founder of Songs for Sound, Inc., presents a webinar on their mission to provide free hearing screenings (to date, 19,000) and packets of electronic and print information tailored to hearing levels. Hear the story of her own daughter’s diagnosis with deafness and her mission to help others dealing with deafness and hearing loss.

September 14, 2018: A transcript of the CART captioning of the September meeting “Auditory Issues, Dementia, Depression and Other Effects of Hearing Loss” is now available: 2018-09-13-Meeting_CART_Transcript.

September 2, 2018: The Hannaford Supermarket at 96 Wolf Road, Windsor Plaza, Colonie, NY, has once again chosen us as beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program. For the entire month of September, every time a GREEN Community reusable bag is purchased at this store, we received $1.00. Last year we received $38.00. Let’s beat that this year! For more information about the Hannaford Cause Bag Program, go to

August 24, 2018:
In 2017, Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer, appeared on America’s Got Talent and earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer with her original song.

August 10, 2018: The New York Times has posted a video commentary by about cochlear implants by Irene Taylor Brodsky, an independent filmmaker and the parent of a deaf child, entitled “Between Sound and Silence.” There is also a written article available.

July 26, 2018:The Times Union ran an article on the upgrade work at Proctors, which will include a hearing loop in the main theater.

July 25, 2018: NBC News has a video story about one woman’s journey to become America’s first deaf astronaut. NASA has never selected a deaf man or woman for its astronaut corps, but the California resident is hoping to change that. Along the way, Julia Velasquez has interned at NASA, received her pilot’s license, and even spent time at a simulated Mars habitat in Hawaii.

July 19, 2018: Loop New Mexico offers a document entitled Airports and Hearing Loop Technology. The document lists a sample of overseas and United States airports that offer Hearing Loop technology to make airports less challenging for those with hearing loss.

July 9, 2018: Read the online July-August 2018 HLAA Albany Chapter Newsletter here: HLAA Newsletter July-August 2018.

May 21, 2018:  The Times Union outlines the renovations coming to the main theater at Proctors in Schenectady. “After original seats have been removed, parts of the main level’s floor will be jackhammered up for the installation of a new hearing loop that will improve reception for those with telecoil-equipped hearing aids or who use the theater’s FM-based hearing-assist system.” The work will be completed for the fall theatrical season.

March 13, 2018: Colonie Town Library Tech Fair a success!  On Saturday, March 10th,  HLAA-Albany members offered an afternoon of information, display and demonstration of many assistive listening devices and numerous handout materials as part of the full afternoon of introduction to technological advances by several area businesses and service-oriented associations.  Our five representatives — Kassey Granger, Debra Trees, AuD, Janet Mattox, Michelle Othon, and Margie Litwin —  addressed the many questions from the constant flow of participants seeking information. Attendees included several members of HLAA-Albany who were able, one-to-one, to voice their individual needs for assistance using this format. Library staff estimated general attendance at the event at over 250. Mostly adults, but some children stopped by the table, if even to pick up free earplugs along with an explanation of the importance of hearing protection.

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March 5, 2018: And the Oscar goes to . . .  The Silent Child (UK) for best live action short subject. The film centers around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

February 21, 2018: Hands & Voices will be hosting an event called “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in the Mainstream,” on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 6:30 P.M. at the Lisha Kill Reformed Church, 2131 Central Avenue, Schenectady, NY. The event is designed to give teachers and parents strategies to help D/HH children to be successful in school.  The presenter will be Emilie Foster, a teacher of the deaf. Please RSVP by March 7th to Interpreters will be available if requested. Light refreshments will be served. 

December 21, 2017: The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University is one of three centers in the world conducting a clinical trial in which cellular regeneration is being used to treat hearing loss. The study involves an investigational drug containing a gene that has been shown to produce hair cells in pre-clinical trials. The trial is only open for those with severe-to=profound hearing loss. For more details, go to

December 14, 2017:
Proctors Theatre in Schenectady was awarded a $500,000 grant by the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils. Part of the money will be used to install a hearing loop system in its historic main theatre. The outcome of this project will provide higher quality audio assistance for persons with hearing loss.

November 10, 2017:  The new film Wonderstruck tells the parallel stories of Ben (Oakes Fegley) and Rose (Millicent Simmonds), both deaf characters, children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. To find out more about the film, and the progress being made by deaf performers, see the article, “Making Room for Deaf Performers,” from The New York Times at

October 31, 2017:  HLAA Albany board members Ellen Rupert and Laura Cooper were interviewed by Phil Bayly on Forum13 and the lively discussion included the mission of HLAA, as well as events that our local chapter is sponsoring. Laura and Ellen also shared their very different hearing loss stories. To view the story, go to

June 2, 2017:  In conjunction with the HLAA Albany Chapter event with Katherine Bouton, author of Shouting Won’t Help – Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You, the Albany Times Union ran a wonderful story about hearing loss.

October 31, 2016:  Learn more about the dangers of earbuds. Go to

September 27, 2016: Watch an ASL version of the opening song from the Broadway hit Hamilton.