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Our Highest Priority
BY BRUCE DOUGLAS

A World War II and Korean War Veteran, Dr. Bruce
Douglas knows the toll that hearing loss, tinnitus and
other service-connected hearing issues can take. His
own life experiences with these issues have instilled
in him a deep desire to shield other Veterans-and
those who've yet to serve-from the difficulties he's
had to weather. It's this firsthand understanding-
coupled with empathy and a heightened concern for
our younger generations-that fuel his determination
to carry out the implicit mission of the HLAA
Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter.

M

ost members of our chapter understand, from
personal experience, the importance of early
intervention. We know the profound impact
that communication difficulties, especially hearing
loss, can have on the quality of our lives. Combined
with transition barriers and adjustment issues that
are inevitable when coming out of the military, the

invisible, insidious problems that accompany hearing
loss can profoundly affect virtually every facet of
everyday living.
Our intimate and family relationships, the quality and
stability of our jobs, our ability to relate to strangers,
authority, the rules and regulations of civil society-and
even the cashier at the local supermarket-can all suddenly
seem overwhelming if you can't hear or understand people
with whom you live and work every day.

Supporting Each Other

I've addressed this matter with hundreds of Veterans
and have been amazed at the frequency and poignancy
of this problem. We Veterans who've commiserated with
young men and women who've returned from multiple
tours in Afghanistan know how vital psychological and
audiological consultation can be. We have an obligation
to protect our young military Veterans until they receive
reliable information from hearing and psychological
professionals, and move on to treatment.

Dr. Bruce Douglas at face-to-face

chapter meeting in Rochester.
Photo by Matthew Sluka.

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Hearing Life November/December 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hearing Life November/December 2019

A Note From Our Executive Director
Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Founder’s Corner
Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Advocacy
Convention
Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Walk4Hearing Update
Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Awards and Recognition
Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover1
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover2
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 3
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 4
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 5
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 6
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Note From Our Executive Director
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 8
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 9
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Founder’s Corner
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 12
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
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Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 15
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 16
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 17
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 18
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Advocacy
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 20
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Convention
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 22
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 23
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 24
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 25
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 27
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 28
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 29
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 30
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Walk4Hearing Update
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 32
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 34
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 35
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 36
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Awards and Recognition
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 38
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 40
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 42
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 44
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 45
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 46
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