Chapter Meetings

Tuesday,  April 2,  Daytime Meeting 
11:00-11:30am – Social time and refreshments.
11:30 – 12Noon – Short business meeting.  All are welcome.
Program begins at 12:00 Noon

Cochlear implants: What? How? Who? With John W. Wayman MD, Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Cochlear implants have been around for over twenty years. No longer is there “no help” for individuals with severe/profound hearing loss. Like cars and cell phones, modern cochlear implants have leapt forward technologically. Criteria for candidacy have broadened surgery is less arduous, implants are smaller and more versatile, and toddlers as well as elders are implanted.

Dr. John Wayman is a UR surgeon with over 200 implants to his credit. His talk could be called “CI surgery 101.” He will review implant history, development and current technology. Topics to be covered include: How does a cochlear implant work? Who can potentially benefit? How to be evaluated for an implant? What are possible future developments in implant technology?

Dr. Wayman is an associate professor of otolaryngology at UR Medical Center where he specializes in pediatric otology.

Tuesday, April 2, Cochlear Implant Meeting, following the Daytime Chapter meeting: 1:30-2:30 

Parish Hall has a hearing loop and there will be captioning.

We’ll have a round table discussion. Do you want to know what it’s like to get a CI? Do you have one implant and want to get a second one? Worried about cost and insurance?

Join us for this open discussion. Nowadays, the surgery takes less time and is less stressful in comparison to years ago. 

Anyone using an implant or considering getting one as well as spouses, friends or family is welcome.

Cochlear Implant Group Meeting

Tuesday, April 2,  Evening Meeting
7:00-7:30pm – Social time and refreshments.
7:30 – 8:00pm – Short business meeting.  All are welcome.

Program begins at 8:00 pm
Genetic susceptibility to hearing loss from noise with Patricia M. White PhD, Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. White, a research associate professor of neuroscience, has explored the genetics of noise damage and cochlear regeneration for 18 years. She will discuss current knowledge of the genetics governing susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss. While describing current theories correlating specific forms of physical damage to noise-induced hearing disorders, Dr. White will also describe what kinds of genetic mutations are known to confer susceptibility and the research gaps hindering a more complete understanding of this biology.

“My work centers on identifying what molecules regulate inner ear regeneration in mammals,” Dr. White explains. “My goal is to find a biological treatment for noise induced hearing loss.” She has published extensively in numerous professional journals.

Dr. White’s talk is a preview of a workshop she will present on this topic at the National HLAA convention in June. She says, “I seek input from the informed public on what aspects of these topics are interesting and important to disseminate.”

All HLAA programs are free. Anyone interested in hearing loss is welcome. For more information, telephone 585 266 7890 or email us 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.