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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 10/19/2021 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
10/19/2021

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business. The HLAA Veterans Group, the email group for VAAVC members, will be demonstrated to help chapter members better communicate with each other. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 10/19/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
10/19/2021

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business. The HLAA Veterans Group, the email group for VAAVC members, will be demonstrated to help chapter members better communicate with each other. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 #cal-invite

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business. The HLAA Veterans Group, the email group for VAAVC members, will be demonstrated to help chapter members better communicate with each other. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


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Re: Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/21/2021 #cal-notice

dwisott
 

Hi Carla,

Thanks for organizing the Virtual Chapter Meeting tonight.  I don’t know how or why I was included in the group, but I think it is clear that I am not having the same issues as the others with learning, despite my hearing loss.  I am effectively continuing to learn through the classes I am taking and teaching with the Lifelong Learning program I have been involved with for the past 20 years.  So as a result I will not waste your time and the others by continuing.

Dick Wisott 

On Sep 21, 2021, at 6:00 PM, HLAAVeterans@... Calendar <noreply@...> wrote:

Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
09/21/2021
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business and future activities. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.




Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/21/2021 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
09/21/2021
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

View Event

Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business and future activities. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


Re: VAAVC Meeting has been updated to 9/21/2021 at 8 pm

Karl Hallsten
 

Carla  Thanks for the update.

Sorry I won’t be able to make it.  I have a committee meeting for Hearing Charities of America Board.  Send their and ALOHA’s Greetings.

Thanks

Karl

 

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Subject: [HLAAVeterans] VAAVC Meeting has been updated to 9/21/2021 at 8 pm

 

Dear VAAVC members,

 

I recently updated our calendar on the HLAA Veterans Group calendar. Our meetings are always scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. I made the mistake of listing the event as a repeat event for the 17th of every month. I have since edited that meeting event to 9/21/2021 at 8 pm. Please accept my apologies for the confusion.

 

Best regards,

 

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Hearing Loss Association of America

6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 320 │Rockville, MD 20852

301.657.2248 ext. 101 | cbeyer-smolin@...│www.hearingloss.org

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/21/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
09/21/2021
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business and future activities. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


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VAAVC Meeting has been updated to 9/21/2021 at 8 pm

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Dear VAAVC members,

 

I recently updated our calendar on the HLAA Veterans Group calendar. Our meetings are always scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. I made the mistake of listing the event as a repeat event for the 17th of every month. I have since edited that meeting event to 9/21/2021 at 8 pm. Please accept my apologies for the confusion.

 

Best regards,

 

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Hearing Loss Association of America

6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 320 │Rockville, MD 20852

301.657.2248 ext. 101 | cbeyer-smolin@...│www.hearingloss.org

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 #cal-invite

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

View Event

Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business and future activities. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/17/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
09/17/2021
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

View Event

Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Date: August 17, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This meeting will discuss chapter business and future activities. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


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Re: Utilization of Audiology by vets

Steve Sterry
 

I disagree.  Most of us are taught in the military to accept what our officers and non-coms give us.  I think that it is the same way with the VA, except for a few people who go above and beyond to care for their veterans.  At Long Beach, for example, I see a clerical staff that is much more interested in themselves and their cell phones than the veterans that they serve.  I have been in the system long enough to know who to see for what.  When my VA doctor was promoted and went to work for the region, I was assigned a replacement who was more interested in the clock than in me.  I actually had to go to a VA remote clinic to find a doctor that I could trust.  I see the same attitude with audiologists.  Luckily, I have one of the best, but when I can get an appointment with him, I have yet to find another audiologist who seems to be really interested in me rather than just a body who needs to be serviced.

 

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.

10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608

Phone (562) 947-2258

Email: steve.sterry@...

 



On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 6:16 PM dwisott <dwisott@...> wrote:
Until recently I had an audiologist who always seemed committed to providing me with the equipment and care I needed, without me asking for it.  I always felt that they considered veterans important clients who should be treated with respect and their needs were of the highest priority.  That audiologist has left and, while it’s still too early to judge fairly, I sense a new attitude.  We may be experiencing a cost-cutting environment, although the VA does offer top-of-the-line equipment.  And how can a veteran know what to ask for?  I think we basically become resigned to the fact that our hearing is impaired and we just have to live it.  And if the vet doesn’t know how to use his equipment, if he/she doesn’t speak out then we can hardly blame the audiologist.

On Aug 30, 2021, at 6:19 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:

I would concur with Jim's statement.  I also believe that it is particularly true with many older veterans (in their 80s and 90s) whose view of the VA may be negative.  So often, as I have experienced in the past, most audiologists do not spend time telling veterans what accessories or specialized equipment is available to the veteran.  Instead, the veteran goes to the VA to get hearing aids, and that is all that he or she gets because nothing else was requested.
 

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.

10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608

Phone (562) 947-2258 

Email: steve.sterry@...

 


On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 2:48 PM Jim Rau <jimrau@...> wrote:
Karl I couldn’t agree more. I think you are talking about disability rating examinations. I believe there are 3 nationwide who are contracted by VA to do the examinations. I had one last year that resulted in a 10% increase in my disability. The same thing happened abut 3 0r 4 years before that.  

Regarding the number os CIs provided by VA I agree they are sadly way behind. I heard an audiologist speak who formerly worked for VA and he said by his appraisal VA was only doing about 10% of the CIs they should be doing. 

I would add that all the audiologists that I’ve seen in VA (about 7 or 8 of the) have been caring and competent professionals. Although none of them admitted it.  I think they are alll constrained by policies of VA. Many veterans require ore instruction on how to use the hearing aids and associated devices they receive. They just don’t get it. The devices don’t get used and the veteran doesn’t get the help he/she needs.  
On Aug 30, 2021, at 2:35 PM, Karl Hallsten <karl@...> wrote:

While Tinnitus and Hearing Loss are the largest diagnostic groups for disability do we or the VA have any data on the actual usage of VA or vets with hearing loss? i.e. what percentage have HA or CI
IMO The VA is not keeping up with the move of profound loss to CI's with very limited surgery centers  not sure whether is 15 or and programing centers.  They are contracting out but with most states not having it in house it doesn't happen as it should.   The results are so good now and the processors are improving drastically with each new model will all three manufactures.

While they are good about providing ALD's by and large unless you know enough what to ask they are not offered and they also are not helpful on how to use them unless they are integrated with the hearing aid. 

Karl 





Re: Utilization of Audiology by vets

dwisott
 

Until recently I had an audiologist who always seemed committed to providing me with the equipment and care I needed, without me asking for it.  I always felt that they considered veterans important clients who should be treated with respect and their needs were of the highest priority.  That audiologist has left and, while it’s still too early to judge fairly, I sense a new attitude.  We may be experiencing a cost-cutting environment, although the VA does offer top-of-the-line equipment.  And how can a veteran know what to ask for?  I think we basically become resigned to the fact that our hearing is impaired and we just have to live it.  And if the vet doesn’t know how to use his equipment, if he/she doesn’t speak out then we can hardly blame the audiologist.

On Aug 30, 2021, at 6:19 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:

I would concur with Jim's statement.  I also believe that it is particularly true with many older veterans (in their 80s and 90s) whose view of the VA may be negative.  So often, as I have experienced in the past, most audiologists do not spend time telling veterans what accessories or specialized equipment is available to the veteran.  Instead, the veteran goes to the VA to get hearing aids, and that is all that he or she gets because nothing else was requested.
 

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.

10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608

Phone (562) 947-2258 

Email: steve.sterry@...

 


On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 2:48 PM Jim Rau <jimrau@...> wrote:
Karl I couldn’t agree more. I think you are talking about disability rating examinations. I believe there are 3 nationwide who are contracted by VA to do the examinations. I had one last year that resulted in a 10% increase in my disability. The same thing happened abut 3 0r 4 years before that.  

Regarding the number os CIs provided by VA I agree they are sadly way behind. I heard an audiologist speak who formerly worked for VA and he said by his appraisal VA was only doing about 10% of the CIs they should be doing. 

I would add that all the audiologists that I’ve seen in VA (about 7 or 8 of the) have been caring and competent professionals. Although none of them admitted it.  I think they are alll constrained by policies of VA. Many veterans require ore instruction on how to use the hearing aids and associated devices they receive. They just don’t get it. The devices don’t get used and the veteran doesn’t get the help he/she needs.  
On Aug 30, 2021, at 2:35 PM, Karl Hallsten <karl@...> wrote:

While Tinnitus and Hearing Loss are the largest diagnostic groups for disability do we or the VA have any data on the actual usage of VA or vets with hearing loss? i.e. what percentage have HA or CI
IMO The VA is not keeping up with the move of profound loss to CI's with very limited surgery centers  not sure whether is 15 or and programing centers.  They are contracting out but with most states not having it in house it doesn't happen as it should.   The results are so good now and the processors are improving drastically with each new model will all three manufactures.

While they are good about providing ALD's by and large unless you know enough what to ask they are not offered and they also are not helpful on how to use them unless they are integrated with the hearing aid. 

Karl 





Re: Utilization of Audiology by vets

Steve Sterry
 

I would concur with Jim's statement.  I also believe that it is particularly true with many older veterans (in their 80s and 90s) whose view of the VA may be negative.  So often, as I have experienced in the past, most audiologists do not spend time telling veterans what accessories or specialized equipment is available to the veteran.  Instead, the veteran goes to the VA to get hearing aids, and that is all that he or she gets because nothing else was requested.

 

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.

10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608

Phone (562) 947-2258

Email: steve.sterry@...

 



On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 2:48 PM Jim Rau <jimrau@...> wrote:
Karl I couldn’t agree more. I think you are talking about disability rating examinations. I believe there are 3 nationwide who are contracted by VA to do the examinations. I had one last year that resulted in a 10% increase in my disability. The same thing happened abut 3 0r 4 years before that.  

Regarding the number os CIs provided by VA I agree they are sadly way behind. I heard an audiologist speak who formerly worked for VA and he said by his appraisal VA was only doing about 10% of the CIs they should be doing. 

I would add that all the audiologists that I’ve seen in VA (about 7 or 8 of the) have been caring and competent professionals. Although none of them admitted it.  I think they are alll constrained by policies of VA. Many veterans require ore instruction on how to use the hearing aids and associated devices they receive. They just don’t get it. The devices don’t get used and the veteran doesn’t get the help he/she needs.  
On Aug 30, 2021, at 2:35 PM, Karl Hallsten <karl@...> wrote:

While Tinnitus and Hearing Loss are the largest diagnostic groups for disability do we or the VA have any data on the actual usage of VA or vets with hearing loss? i.e. what percentage have HA or CI
IMO The VA is not keeping up with the move of profound loss to CI's with very limited surgery centers  not sure whether is 15 or and programing centers.  They are contracting out but with most states not having it in house it doesn't happen as it should.   The results are so good now and the processors are improving drastically with each new model will all three manufactures.

While they are good about providing ALD's by and large unless you know enough what to ask they are not offered and they also are not helpful on how to use them unless they are integrated with the hearing aid. 

Karl 


Re: Utilization of Audiology by vets

Jim Rau
 

Karl I couldn’t agree more. I think you are talking about disability rating examinations. I believe there are 3 nationwide who are contracted by VA to do the examinations. I had one last year that resulted in a 10% increase in my disability. The same thing happened abut 3 0r 4 years before that.  

Regarding the number os CIs provided by VA I agree they are sadly way behind. I heard an audiologist speak who formerly worked for VA and he said by his appraisal VA was only doing about 10% of the CIs they should be doing. 

I would add that all the audiologists that I’ve seen in VA (about 7 or 8 of the) have been caring and competent professionals. Although none of them admitted it.  I think they are alll constrained by policies of VA. Many veterans require ore instruction on how to use the hearing aids and associated devices they receive. They just don’t get it. The devices don’t get used and the veteran doesn’t get the help he/she needs.  

On Aug 30, 2021, at 2:35 PM, Karl Hallsten <karl@...> wrote:

While Tinnitus and Hearing Loss are the largest diagnostic groups for disability do we or the VA have any data on the actual usage of VA or vets with hearing loss? i.e. what percentage have HA or CI
IMO The VA is not keeping up with the move of profound loss to CI's with very limited surgery centers  not sure whether is 15 or and programing centers.  They are contracting out but with most states not having it in house it doesn't happen as it should.   The results are so good now and the processors are improving drastically with each new model will all three manufactures.

While they are good about providing ALD's by and large unless you know enough what to ask they are not offered and they also are not helpful on how to use them unless they are integrated with the hearing aid. 

Karl 

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