KCDHH Information Coordinator, Blake Campbell, third from left,
attended a Metro United Way program in Louisville at Brown Forman in
October. During lunch, he shared KCDHH information with employees.
He and another members of the deaf and
hard of hearing community also held roundtable discussions at their lunch
café with Brown Forman employees.
48th Annual Gallaudet & Clerc Banquet,
December 8, at KSD
The deadline for buying tickets for the 48th
annual Gallaudet & Clerc Banquet is Monday, November 28. The
event, sponsored by the Kentucky Chapter of Gallaudet University Alumni
Association and the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), will be held in
the Grow Hall Cafeteria at KSD on December 8, 6 p.m. The featured speaker
is Frankfort’s own Heather Harker (pictured left), who presently serves
as the Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Gallaudet University.
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased by contacting Roger
Coyer, email@example.com or 859-439-0376
(VP). Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Kentucky Hands & Voices Trivia Night
& Silent Auction
Hands & Voices Trivia Night is BACK in 2022! Join them on December 2,
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort. There
will be10 rounds of trivia, along with a silent auction. All proceeds
will benefit Kentucky Hands & Voices. A food truck and cash bar will
be available. Desserts are provided! Dress up as your favorite holiday
character but it is not required. A table of eight is $200; a table of
six is $180 or purchase an individual ticket for $35. You can register by
‘Freeze Your Fanny’ for Hands & Voices, December 30
Run. Walk. Bike. Hike. Roll. Crawl.
Whatever your mode, join Hands & Voices for the “Freeze Your Fanny
Virtual 5K" to welcome in 2023! All registrants will receive a race
t-shirt, and the first 500 registrants will receive a custom finisher's
medal. Your shirt will ship in December prior to the event. However, if
you register AFTER December 1, you may not receive your shirt prior to
December 30. Register now for $30 and start raising money. Click here for more
KCDHH Needs You…
Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state agency within the
Education and Labor Cabinet, is seeking applicants for Executive
Administrative Secretary. The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.
This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to be immersed in
Deaf culture, hone their signing skills, educate and advocate for the
deaf and hard of hearing community, and work with a dedicated team of
individuals. If you are interested in this position, see more by clicking
November’s (2022) KCDHH
Spotlight Q&A is with Edie Ryan, who serves on the KCDHH Commission
Board. Ryan is from Chicago, IL but calls Paducah her home. She graduated
from East Leyden High School in Franklyn Park, IL. She is a licensed
certified interpreter by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and
worked as an educational interpreter for the past 30-plus years. She also
does private practice interpreting the western Kentucky area and is
active in the deaf community. Ryan is mom to Josh and Danyell
and has three grandchildren, Joshua, Julia, and Kylie. Read more here.
Tickets on Sale for KSD Gala, April 15,
Early bird tickets
for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th Anniversary Gala
celebration went on sale June 1 and will continue through December 31.
Tickets may be purchased online here.
HLAA Convention 2023 Call for Papers
HLAA 2023 is coming to New Orleans, June 29-July 1, 2023 and
anticipating more than 25 educational workshops geared toward people with
hearing loss. If you are interested in presenting, submit a proposal by
December 9, 2022. For instructions and information on submitting a
proposal, click here.
Deaf Women United Opens Registration
Deaf Women United has opened registration for the 2023 conference
that will be held in Chicago, July 26 to July 30. The early-bird rate is
available through February 28, 2023. For more information, click here.
Hearing Devices Personal Touch
Hearing well in a large classroom can be
an issue for anyone trying to understand an instructor, but especially difficult
for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Add in anxiety about asking
for help and learning can go from hard to nearly impossible. MobileConnect is assistive listening technology that streams live audio
through a Wi-Fi connection to any smartphone in the room. It also is
compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants, something not always
possible. Click here to learn how to use it.
What to Know About Buying Over the
Counter Hearing Aids
The high cost of hearing aids has long
been a barrier for many people who have hearing problems. Traditional
prescription hearing aids cost on average $2,000 per ear, and many people
need two of them.
But the US Food and Drug
Administration's rule change in August means that people with mild to
moderate hearing loss will be able to buy these devices online or in
stores without a prescription -- and for a lower price – which started
That means people won't have to visit a
hearing health professional and have a custom fitting, a process that can
also be cost-prohibitive. Tens of millions of people have hearing loss,
but only about 16% of them use a hearing aid, according to the National
Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Dr. Frank Lin, director of the Cochlear
Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, and Dr. Lindsay Creed of the American Speech
Hearing Association, offer their advice on what to keep in mind when
buying hearing aids over the counter: 1) Get tested; 2) Know what you’re
buying; and 3) Know the difference between over the counter and
prescription. Read more here.
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For those who have deaf family members who use sign language,
consider downloading Sorenson Wavello and/or the ZVRS Sivo app on your smartphone. This app makes
it possible for you to see your loved ones on your screen next to your
Other KCDHH Resources:
Access Program (TAP)
Landline or wireless equipment for
Kentucky residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or
have both a hearing and vision loss.