All HLAA Meetings are Free.

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.
For more information and questions  Contact Us via email or call:585 266 7890.

HOPE  session Tuesday, October 1: 10:00am--Vestry Room​​

HOPE (Hearing Other People's Experiences) With Joe Kozelsky, MS, CCC/A retired audiologist. 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.

Cochlear implants: Right decision for you? with Jane Ledingham MA, Advanced Bionics

Some profoundly deafened individuals who would qualify for cochlear implants because of the severity of their hearing loss hesitate to proceed with implant surgery and subsequent rehabilitation. Jane Ledingham, a cochlear implant consumer specialist with Advanced Bionics cochlear implants, explores reasons why they choose to avoid it. She will differentiate between hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies. Cochlear implants involve surgery; an implant team approves candidates for the procedure. What are the criteria? What rehabilitation resources should we know about?

Ms. Ledingham has had extensive experience as a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing. She is a certified auditory verbal therapist as well as a speech/language pathologist. Before joining Advanced Bionics, she taught students with hearing loss, training professionals and providing auditory verbal therapy for children and adults. She was named Teacher of the Year in New Jersey.


   7:00-9:00pm    Parish Hall.  Speaker begins at 8:00pm
Ask the audiologist with Stephen Hart, Au.D. and Gregory Horton, Au.D.

Got questions? Perennially popular, “Ask the audiologist” returns with clinicians Hart and Horton ready to field your questions and concerns about hearing loss in unrehearsed impromptu format.  Come ready to learn more about new technology, possible future of over the counter hearing aids, third party hearing aid companies (e.g. “true hearing”)
and any other concerns.  If Hart and Horton cannot answer they will try to find out.

Both men diagnose hearing loss and fit hearing instruments. Stephen Hart, CCC/A, Au.D. founded Hart Hearing Centers in 1977.  He is a past award recipient of the New York State “Distinguished Clinician” honor.  Gregory Horton, CCC/A, Au,D, is the Lead Audiologist at Rochester Hearing & Speech Center. He specializes in hearing conservation for musicians.
 Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 1:30-2:30pm  Cochlear Implant Group Meeting in the Parish Hall after the October Chapter Meeting
Are you a cochlear implant newbie (new user) or a wannabe or gonnabe (candidate?)  Maybe you are exploring the whole cochlear implant experience.
Anyone interested in cochlear implants is welcome at the “CI Group’s” informal round-table meeting Tuesday October 1, following the regular HLAA chapter meeting in the same place (St. Paul’s parish hall).  And the Daytime Chapter meeting will be a rep. from Advanced Bionics speaking about
“A Cochlear Implant—now or wait?”
Our CI Group session  is planned as an “other people’s experience”  question and answer event. Fred Altrieth and Janet McKenna will facilitate the open captioned discussion. We hope to learn from each other as users of more than one implant.  Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for further information.
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.