About Us

We are under the umbrella of the national organization of Hearing Loss Association of America which is located in Bethesda. Maryland. http://www.hearingloss.org

HLA-RI’s primary function is to educate it members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss. We hold monthly meetings between September and June at which we may have guest speakers on a variety of topics relating to hearing loss. We may also have informal meetings where the members share their experiences and knowledge relating to hearing loss. We also have two socials a year as well.

We are able to provide CART –Computer Aided Real Time Captioning which is projected on to a large screen so that the participants can “hear what is being said in the meetings”

Some meeting topics include Accessibility, hearing aids, legislation, cochlear implants, tinnitus, captioning, relay system, assistive devices, state services, coping tips many more topics! We also have social events.

Before HLA-RI, many of the members felt isolated, found communication a struggle, were confused about technology, didn’t know their rights and hid their hearing loss

And now HLA-RI is a place to find answers, ask new questions, and meet people who understand. HLA-RI is a resource for information and friendship.

The monthly meetings are held at different locations within Rhode Island. To be placed on the email distribution list for notices and other important announcements, send an email to hearinglossri@gmail.com This email list is not shared with any organizations or individuals and each HLA-RI ‘s member is blind copied on each email.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Movie Access

Sony and Regal Theaters introduce Access Glasses to bring closed captions
right in front of your eyes

By Andrew Webster
Sony Access Glasses

Sony is working with American theater chain Regal Entertainment to introduce
a new kind of glasses technology that can display closed captions for those
with hearing problems. The new Access Glasses can show text in six different
languages, which is then placed directly in the viewer's field of vision so
that they don't have to constantly look at the bottom of the screen. The
information is streamed wirelessly, and the location of the text can be
adjusted to make things more comfortable. The glasses also include features
for the blind or visually impaired, as they can be used alongside headphones
to provide extra audio detail about just what's happening on screen.

Regal - the largest theater chain in the US - started rolling the Access
Glasses out this month, and expects to have them available in "practically
all of its fully digitized theater locations" by early 2013.

More information about how the glasses work can be found at this website


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