The Rochester Chapter is a dynamic group of individuals working together as a team. Please join us; we welcome visitors and members alike!

Our meetings feature a Hearing Loop system and open captions. See below for Interpreter information
For more information and questions Contact Us via email or call:585 266 7890.​

HOPE  session Tuesday, March 3, : 10:00am--Vestry Room​​

HOPE (Hearing Other People's Experiences) with Jim Feuerstein, Ph.D., CCC/A, Professor Emeritus Nazareth College. Join in a roundtable discussion about hearing loss. Share your hearing loss experiences, exchange information and obtain answers to many of your questions. Open to all those with hearing loss and those interested in finding out more about some of the issues that concern those with hearing difficulty.


11:00am-1:00pm Parish Hall. Speaker begins at noon

Healthy. minds; healthy bodies with Katie Bauer, Episcopal Senior Life, Community Liaison
Katie communicates her enthusiasm for health and positive attitudes.
Happiness and good health are her passions.  She’ll demonstrate a few exercises and give nutrition tips. Vital to this enthusiastic way of life is socializing with one’s peers, she says.
Katie directs the neighborhood programs at Episcopal Senior Life, leading classes in chair yoga, Zumba, and meditation.  She’s a Weight Watchers coach who also does cooking demonstrations on television. 


   7:00-9:00pm    Parish Hall.  Speaker begins at 8:00pm

   Latest assistive technology for hearing loss with Loren Gallistel, and Charlie Johnstone
   Are you up to date on the latest assistive gadgets? Members of our chapter Technology Committee-- Gallistel, and Johnstone—will review the most current assistive technology for people with hearing loss.  They will concentrate on lower cost, innovative devices and smart phone apps.  A “virtual device demo center web site” will be previewed.
Both men participate in the “Assistive Listening Device Demo Center” hosted by Lifespan, where displays of assistive devices can be viewed and tried. 
Retired from a career in electronic hardware and software product design, Lorin Gallistel got his first hearing aids in 2015 after 25 years of declining hearing. Charlie Johnstone was the “computer expert” at NTID for thirty years, retiring in 2016.  He is a consultant to the NY State Unified Courts System on access and he oversees the demo center.  

Tuesday, April 7, 1:30-2:30 Cochlear Implant Group

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall immediately following the regular chapter gathering.
Cochlear Implants: Why expanded candidate criteria matter

With Alexanna Rodgers, CCC/A, SLP Med-El Northeast Consumer Engagement Manager

Presenting is Alexanna Rodgers representing Med-El, one of the three cochlear implant manufacturers whose devices are implanted at University of Rochester Medical Center. Cochlear implant candidacy has dramatically expanded in recent years. Ms. Rodgers says that Med-El has received FDA approval for a cochlear implant targeting patients with high frequency loss, where much residual hearing remains in low frequencies, as well as in cases of single sided hearing loss. She will demonstrate who may now benefit from an implant in these situations and explain why Med-El received FDA approval for them. Demonstration equipment and devices will be available for attendees to view and handle. Alexanna welcomes
questions from possible patients and their significant others.

Alexanna spent most of her career as an early intervention specialist working with infants and toddlers with hearing loss and their families. Having earned degrees from Penn State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she joined Med-El as Northeast consumer engagement manager in 2017.

She can be contacted at: [email protected] 
HLAA Rochester Chapter meetings are held in the Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Avenue at 25 Westminster Road, across from the George Eastman House Museum.

Those needing a sign language interpreter for an evening meeting should contact Linda Siple at 585 788 6744 a week in advance. *
*Please note, this phone number is only for those needing an interpreter.