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. 

February 8, 2018: The Live Action Oscar Nominated Short Subjects will be showing at the Spectrum in Albany and Proctors in Schenectady. One of the films featured is The Silent Child (UK), centering 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.

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.

December 12, 2017:  Read the online November HLAA Albany Chapter Newsletter  here: HLAA Newsletter November 2017.

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

October 30, 2017:  Read the online October HLAA Albany Chapter Newsletter  here: HLAA Newsletter October 2017.

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.

September 22, 2016: Fox News in Rochester, NY, recently had a story about how new airport technology can help persons with hearing loss. Go to