March Speaker – Janie York

Janie York is a Hearing Instrument Specialist Licensed in NE and Iowa, owner of Hear Now, Mobile Hearing Solutions, a Recreation Therapist and Certified Dementia Practitioner.  Janie is passionate about helping our elders hear and communicate with their families, friends and caregivers.  No stranger to hearing loss, Janie has worn hearing aids and navigated hearing loss challenges for over 30 years.  Now, as she provides hearing care to elders in the facilities they call home, those challenges become assets as she cleans, repairs and educates to help bring everyone back into the conversation.  When not on the business end of a hearing aid in need of cleaning you’ll find her at her sewing machine or curled up with a good book or grandchild

She will be speaking on a brief history of hearing aids.

Steve Bennett is Speaker for April

Steve served in the Air Force and is retired from Ameritrade.  He is a 20 year member of the Lions Club and drives a Lions Mobile Screening Unit that visits and screens for vision and hearing loss at schools, public events and corporations statewide. 


December 13th – Party Time!

Everyone please bring hors d’oeuvres,  finger foods or Christmas cookies to share.  Hot spiced cider and coffee will be provided.

Speaker:   Taylor A. Boney, Au.D, Ear Specialists of Omaha 

Taylor worked for a year as a doctoral extern in Dr. Thedinger’s office and received his Doctor of Audiology degree in May, 2016. 

Topic:  Hearing Aid Technology and iPhones


Beth Ellsworth, Advocacy Specialist, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, will address the following issue:  The NeAD is trying to get data to see if there is an interest in a special retirement center or independent facility for senior citizens who are either deaf or hard of hearing. 

November 8th Speaker – Change

Our scheduled speaker, an FBI detective, had to cancel so our speakers this month will be Mary Dyer and Sheryl Butler

Mary Dyer and Sheryl Butler will be talking again about why telecoils and hearing loops are important. Their PowerPoint will focus on the need for both those with hearing loss and hearing allies to speak out to request hearing loops. In addition, they will be specifically addressing the ways the medical community can be better at identifying and providing for patients who have hearing loss.
In addition, Mary is a member of the Commission for Deaf Services in Iowa, and will be sharing some exciting news, their working on legislation to require all hearing instrument specialists to provide telecoil information at the point of purchase. To date seven other states have drafted and introduced and passed similar legislation. This might be something we can, as the HLAA Omaha chapter, urge our own Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to consider.
They will also have personal loop systems available to show, including portable loops, neck loops, small room loops and counter loops.


Doug McElwain and Don Kluge will be September speaker

The speakers for the September 13th meeting will be Doug McElwain who will talk about the content of the workshops he attended at the national Hearing Loss Association convention in Washington, D.C. in June. Don Kluge will talk about his experiences traveling in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

May Speaker – Christine Pett, M.S. Speech & Hearing

Christine is a certified Deaf Educator who has previously taught listening and spoken language to deaf and hard of hearing children (PreK-12) for twelve years in St. Louis, MO as well as in Phoenix, AZ. Christine became a Consumer Outreach Manager for MED-EL in 2010. She travels extensively throughout the Midwest to support educators, SLP’s, educational audiologists, parents of deaf children and adult consumers. Christine educates others on MED-EL’s cochlear implant technology and middle ear implant technology as well as MED-EL’s many educational and aural rehab support services. She is the mother of a (grown) son who has been wearing a cochlear implant for 14 years.