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Monday, June 27, 2016

Special Report: Support Employees with Hearing Loss to Perform Their Best

A free resource for employers is now available from 121 Captions on how employers can assist their employees with managing their hearing loss on the job. This 13 page report is free and available for download. A small amount of the content is specific to American and U.K. employers, but generally the concepts apply worldwide.

Topics covered include:
  • How hearing loss affects an organization and how to manage this issue
  • Why employees with hearing loss are a great investment
  • How to make simple and quick adjustments to maintain productivity
  • How to improve team dynamics
The tone of the report is positive and empowering. I plan to send it to my boss and the human resources director to help raise their awareness on these issues. I believe doing so could benefit other employees who have not been as forthcoming with their hearing loss.  

Disclosure - The author is Tina Lannin, a personal friend of mine. Advertising for her company, 121 Captions, is included in the form of an offer for a free audit, valued at $500 (£350). You can learn more about her company at:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Why It Pays to Attend Convention

The Hearing Loss Association of America's convention is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. Although I am not there in person this year, I feel I am present in spirit as some of my friends are there and sharing their experiences online with me. I have been privileged to go to two of the organization's past conventions and one convention of the Association of Late Deafened Adults, so I thought I would reflect on the benefits I received from attending this type of event.

For me, there are two aspects to the conventions that matter: people and workshops. I love spending time with others who have hearing challenges and am always ready to meet new people and add to my circle of friends. The social part of a convention is very important to me and I appreciate the fun events scheduled that create lasting memories.

The workshops are a huge draw for me because I love learning in a fully accessible environment. Before I arrive, I enjoy perusing the program schedule and creating a personal plan for each day.

For others, the vendors and array of new products on display are exciting.

Going to convention is like going nowhere else. The whole event is communication accessible and organized around the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. By going to convention, you help raise public awareness of our needs and just how many of us there are.

If you missed the chance to go to the Hearing Loss Association of America's convention this week, consider attending the Association of Late Deafened Adults' convention this fall in Milwaukee. This gathering will be smaller and have a more informal, family feel. I am serving as the Newcomers Chair for this event and it would be my privilege to make you feel welcome there.

I have some exciting news to share. I will also be one of the workshop presenters. On Saturday, September 17, 2016, I will be leading a "Let's Communicate Clearly" workshop. I am greatly looking forward to this opportunity.

For all my friends at convention this week, have a wonderful time and travel home safely.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I'll Call You from the Car

Sporty blue car

One of the features I love most about my new Honda Civic is that I can place calls hands-free through my iPhone that are transmitted through the car's stereo system. The sound clarity is amazing and I can adjust the volume easily through buttons on the steering wheel.

My family is getting quite used to my opening a phone conversation with "I'm calling you from the car!" I think car manufacturers need to emphasize this benefit for their customers who are hard of hearing. I told Honda so on my satisfaction survey.

Have you ever placed a call through your car?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

What's Up, Doc?

This week I was at the doctor's office for a routine check up. My physician walked into the examining room and said, "When I think of you, I don't think you're ditzy," in a tone that indicated I actually was. "Huh?" I thought to myself. "What did I do?" Then I realized she had said fifty, intending it as a compliment.